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Frittering Away Philadelphia's Brand Equity One Casion at a Time: Fumo wins "John Perzel Wanna-a-Be Award"
Over the weekend, State Senator Vince Fumo and a bunch of Pennsylvania state representatives voted for Philadelphia to lose its influence in determining where to put the two casinos that will be located in the city. Governor Rendell was quoted on KYW news radio as saying, “we need to take the decision of where to locate the casinos away from local politics.” Ed Rendell was once one of those local politician so I wonder what exactly he is thinking. This pre-emption of local rights is an outrageous and egarious power grab. Why is it happening? I don’t know but it seems to me that the local politicians, and Fumo in particular, can now:
1) Tell their constiuents that they have no control over the final decisions and hence can’t be accountable
2) Ignore the highly organized neighborhood opposition in the River wards and Hunting Park/East Falls
3) Ensure that the cash from potential casino operators flows to State politicians and decision makers
Another victory of the special interests over the people.
Retraction: Ed did condemn Fumo in the Inquirer article so my blasting him here was only a little over the top. I wish I could listen to the KYW report because I thought it definately conveyed a different story that what the paper says. And another update upon further research, Rendell did say that he favored taking the deal away from the local politicos: http://www.kyw1060.com/pages/53430.php