Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gaming Takes Spotlight In U.S. Presidential Contest

Feather News

The September 28 New York Times article chronicling Senator John McCain's gaming interests will become the focus of ads by the Democratic Party. Politico reports, "The DNC (Democratic National Committee) is buying ads on religious Web sites to highlight the McCain gambling ties reported on Sunday’s New York Times front."

Don't expect Barack Obama's poker games to make it into those ads. A July 6 USA Today article noted, "On Wednesday nights during Illinois General Assembly sessions, a group of lobbyists and lawmakers used to gather at the headquarters of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association for a weekly poker game. Barack Obama, who represented part of Chicago as state senator from 1997-2004, was a regular."

The New York Times article on McCain was re-published on Sunday on the Feather News. Sen. McCain, who co-authored the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and spearheaded the investigation against lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is said to enjoy playing craps and poker in the article.