Your credibility's shot

By AL DIAMON  |  May 4, 2011

"[T]he case against more casinos in Maine was listlessly presented to voters and the media in 2010," it said, later adding, "In 2010, an anti-casino organization based in Portland lost municipal votes in Biddeford and Lewiston, and lost the statewide vote on Black Bear Entertainment's Oxford casino. In the town of Oxford, home of the new casino, anti-casino activists suffered a stinging 67% — 33% defeat on the statewide referendum."

In case that was too subtle, Chris O'Neil, the spokesman and lobbyist for Rotten Deal (they might want to reconsider that name), added this:

"There's an army of people out there acutely dismayed by a model for fighting casino gambling that is fatigued, ineffective and distracted by unrelated political issues. An occasional press release issued from an ivory tower won't defeat these things. Full attention and focus are required. It's time for Mainers who oppose casinos to have a credible and respected voice."

How did Bailey, once the king of political counterpunching, react?

Hardly at all.

"Glad they've joined the fight against casinos," he told the Portland Press Herald, "but where have they been?"

As lawmakers get to work on bills to permit three more casinos in Maine, Bailey's website indicated he was off to Florida to attend a NASA-sponsored "Tweetup" covering the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour.

That's another reason people confuse him with LePage. He goes on vacation in the middle of a legislative session.

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