Cordish: Now or never for slots in Anne Arundel

For nearly two years I have been trying to bring slots to Anne Arundel County, and now I face a multi-million dollar smear campaign. The aspect of the slots debate I find the most troubling is the deliberate and shameless misinformation campaign propagated by opponents of Question A.

The campaign funders, who are the owners of the Charles Town, W.Va., casino, are duping Marylanders with their profit-protection scheme aimed at stopping slots entirely in the County to keep residents travelling to, and spending in, West Virginia.

Their most blatant lie is that slots will go to Laurel Park should Question A fail. The state has said Laurel is not a viable site for a casino. Its owners cannot receive a second casino license, because they already hold a casino license in Cecil County. The author of Question A stated that slots "cannot go to Laurel" and that it is "incorrect and misleading" to say voting against Question A will relocate slots.

They now claim Laurel's demise will soon follow Question A's passage. The truth is that Question A will generate more money for the horse racing industry than any other location.

Even though they know it is untrue, the West Virginia-based anti-slots group still blasts these lies over airwaves and stuffs them into mailboxes. That's why I go door-to-door to talk to residents and explain what I mean when I say "now or never" for slots. Because Arundel Mills is the now, and Laurel Park is the never.

David S. Cordish, Baltimore

The writer is chairman of the Cordish Companies.

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