RESPONSE BY THE EAST BOSTON NO-CASINO GROUP TO OUR ARTICLE OF NOVEMBER 7th

A couple days ago, I received the following e-mail from Matt Cameron, who identifies himself as General Counsel to the No Eastie Casino group.

In it Mr Cameron makes clear that my speculation was wrong; that the No Casino group was not, as I had opined, at least partly funded by Steve Wynn, whose Everett casino project moves in direct competition to the proposed Suffolk Downs casino. I made the mistake of ascribing some sensible economic motives to a group that moved to stop 4500 local jobs and $ 52 million in Boston mitigation money. It appears that instead, the No Eastie Casino group — or various of its people — acted not just to disapprove an East Boston casino out of a moral objection to casinos in general.

They are certainly entitled to their view. And so is the rest of the City of Boston entitled to its views; and i to mine : I could not dissent more from their view that casinos are BAD. That said, I am reprinting the e-mail that i received albeit leaving out portions that do not speak to the letter’s point. And now to the relevant portions of the e-mail, noting the excisions with the usual … punctuation mark :

“This completely unsupported (and unsupportable) conclusion is deeply offensive to myself, the other members of No Eastie Casino’s core team, and the hundreds of volunteers who sacrificed so much to make this victory possible. We all did this work for exactly the reasons you outlined in your analysis of the “front-line activists” who make up the “NURM” you identified within the same piece–most especially . Quite a few of us went part-time, stopped paying our mortgages and student loans, gave up other opportunities, and spent long nights away from our families to make this happen. No one has promised any of us jobs, money, or any other benefits for what we have done–and continue to do–to keep a casino out of Suffolk County despite being outspent nearly 50 to 1…

“As a registered ballot question committee, No Eastie Casino is required to file a campaign finance report like any other political campaign. Our reports are readily available here:

http://ocpf.cloudapp.net/Reports/CasinoBallotQuestionSpending

These reports account for every dollar of our campaign. There were no giant briefcases full of cash or midnight meetings with Steve Wynn in Groucho Marx glasses at Santarpio’s. East Boston did it, and we are fiercely proud of our work.

These reports account for every dollar of our campaign. There were no giant briefcases full of cash or midnight meetings with Steve Wynn in Groucho Marx glasses at Santarpio’s. East Boston did it, and we are fiercely proud of our work.

In a way, I suppose it is a compliment that people like you and Mayor Menino continue to insist that there must have been some other outside money or influence over such a successful campaign, and that those half-wits and illegals over in East Boston couldn’t have possibly gotten out of bed before noon–let alone managed to convince 4281 of their neighbors to vote against one of the most predatory industries in the United States. But it’s getting old.

Your “analysis” of a group of 750 people you have no personal knowledge of and did not take the time to so much as Google reads as an open admission to a reckless disregard for the truth and a cynical slap in the face to the NURMers you have gone out of your way to identify and praise…I don’t think it’s unreasonable to hold you to something approaching basic journalistic ethics. Correct it.

Matt Cameron
General Counsel, No Eastie Casino
(617)-416-5558″

Author: hereandsphere

Here and Sphere is an online journal of news, opinion, reviews, advice, & bits n' pieces of everything else - from HERE to SPHERE...... Co-founded by Michael Freedberg, a long-time Boston Phoenix journalist, and Heather Cornell, a South Coast Massachusetts columnist and editor.

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