September 2016 Media Coverage
In casino deal, feds felt the heat from Mass.
Published by Boston Globe, September 29, 2016
Governor Deval Patrick in 2012 let it be known in no uncertain terms how important it was that the federal government quickly approve a deal for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to open a casino.
Kevin Washburn, who headed the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the time, this week told a Las Vegas conference on gambling that Patrick implored him to endorse an agreement on how much the tribe would pay the state from its eventual casino earnings.
Washburn said he also received calls from Senator John Kerry, who is now secretary of state, and from Ed Markey, who was then a congressman and later succeeded Kerry in the Senate. “They were just pulling out all the stops,” Washburn said, according to a report in Gambling Compliance, which covers the industry. “I just had to deal with every member of Congress from Massachusetts, it seemed like. [They] called up and said, ‘What the hell are you doing?’”
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