House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who tried to “persuade” legislators to vote for expanded gambling at Kentucky’s horse tracks by promising that some of the revenue would go to repair crumbling schools, is now saying that those who voted against gambling might be in trouble. Check out this warmed-over political gumbo from Stumbo:
“I wouldn’t want to go home and defend a vote of non-action on behalf of my leadership, that when people expect you to act and also wonder why for example you wouldn’t vote for schools in your own district,” Stumbo said.
Uh…I don’t think that’s the right recipe for success with savvy Kentucky taxpayers. Proof? “Candidates who opposed an expansion of gambling won in each of the three recent special elections in the Senate.”
Gambling is a secondary issue here. This is about the political double-dealing involved in tying a vote for VLTs at horse tracks to repairing crumbling schools. All the while Stumbo refuses to throw the dice on behalf of taxpayers by standing up to the labor unions and against the state’s current policy of paying artificially high wages on public projects.