After St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley weighed in against it in May, the odds have appeared stacked against the Spanish Lake area getting the state's 13th and final gaming license.Charlie Dooley used tax payer funds to poll that issue among likely voters, so he knows that 58% oppose it. One wonders whether he shared that ill-gotten result with Congressman Clay.
The Gaming Commission is considered unlikely to award the license in a community that doesn't want one. Nonetheless, the proposal got an endorsement this week from U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis.
At least one of Clay's Republican challengers, Robyn Hamlin, has come out against the casino:
What people in our area want are jobs that have a future. We are not Las Vegas. Does Lacy Clay think that casino jobs are going to be able to replace the manufacturing jobs he keeps voting to run out of our area? They have taxed the manufacturing jobs right out of our area. A casino is not going to employ factory workers.