NO PG Reps Appointed to Gambling Work Group (Demo)

Prince George’s County Left Out of Gambling Expansion Working Group.
Gov. Martin O’Malley, House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Annapolis, and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert, appointed an 11-member committee, the Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion, on Monday night to explore gambling expansion in Maryland.  A-MAZINGLY there is NO representation from the very county in which this gambling will end up expanding.  Who am I, as a Prince George’s County resident, supposed to contact to voice my concern when  Melony G. Griffin, Aisha Braveboy, Jay Walker, Marvin E. Holmes Jr., none of these are on this working group?  As some sort of crumbs to the dogs consolation, Prince George’s County Rep. Dereck E. Davis (Dist 25)  is an alternate.  A freakin’ alternate.  Are you kidding me?  We as a county have the right to have some representation at this table. 
The 3 stooges (Miller, O’Malley, & Busch) appointed a bunch of people to the work group who will represent the best interests of their constituents and business buddies, NONE of which reside in Prince George’s County.
This is ok with you?  Not with me.  Take a look at this list:
Chairman John Morton III, head of the Maryland Stadium Authority
Matthew Gallagher, O’Malley’s chief of staff
T. Eloise Foster, Budget Secretary
Jeanne Hitchcock, O’Malley’s appointments secretary
Joseph Bryce, O’Malley’s chief lobbyist.
Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, D-Howard.
Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, D-Baltimore.
Sen. Richard Madaleno, D-Montgomery.
Del. Sheila Hixson, D-Montgomery.
Del. Peter Hammen, D-Baltimore.
Del. Frank Turner, D-Howard.
Del. Frank Turner, who represents North Laurel in District 13, has taken a fairly hard stance against expanding gambling but he’s only against it temporarily, until the five previously approved facilities are up and running.  The Howard County and Baltimore legislators hold some promise in that they may vote against expansion in order to protect their own gambling interests but what about the Montgomery County senators?  Will they take the NIMBY stance, knowing ultimately it will be a nice establishment for their constituents to visit and doubly nice because the drugs, crime, prostitution that inevitably follow gambling won’t find a home in their county?
We should have representation.  I feel like I’m still living in DC.

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