State GOP parties at war with McCain. In Ohio, it’s over gambling.

This just keeps getting better. Today, the Moonie Times, which is basically a mouthpiece for the right wing, reports on more intra-GOP strife. State party chairs in Virginia, Florida, Michigan and Ohio all lash out at the McCain operation. Not like those states are important to McCain. He only needs to win Virginia, Florida and Ohio to become president.

The article is a fun read, but I was struck by the reason for the battle between McCain and the Ohio Republicans. It’s over gambling. McCain is on the pro-gambling side:

In Ohio, long-boiling friction between the McCain campaign and the state Republican Party on a variety of issues reached a new intensity over a complicated local gambling question. The state Republican Party’s central committee had voted to oppose a proposed state constitutional amendment to permit a casino in Clinton County. The state party included its “vote no” view on the “slate card” of recommendations it sends to early voters.

The McCain campaign unilaterally removed that recommendation from the mailer, overriding Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett and threatening to block funds to pay for the printing and distribution. Mr. McCain favors legalized gambling, and his campaign did not want to appear to support it some states and oppose it in others.

The state party worked with the opponents of the amendment to send another mailing, using the pictures of U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich, Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted and Mr. Bennett, along with their words of opposition on the gambling question.

“Why in the world would anyone want to amend the Constitution of Ohio and put a monopoly in for one individual to build one casino in the state of Ohio?” Mr. Voinovich asks in his statement.

Why in the world would John McCain support that? John McCain has a long history with the gambling industry. That should make all those Ohio evangelicals really happy.


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