You might think that Alabama Governor Bob Riley would be one of the last people on the planet to criticize gambling. After all, it has been widely reported that $13 million in Mississippi Choctaw gambling money
, funneled through disgraced GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, helped Riley get elected in 2002.
But Riley has a capacity for hypocrisy that seems unlimited.
When Mayor Larry Langford stated earlier this week that he was interested in helping electronic bingo return to the Birmingham Race Course, a rational person might have expected Riley to keep his nose out of things--simply from a sense of shame, if nothing else.
Here in Alabama, I've yet to see anyone in the mainstream media note the rich irony of Bob Riley saying he is opposed to gambling. Kind of like Hugh Hefner saying he's opposed to nudity.
Here is a summary of Bob Riley's world view: Gambling is bad as a source of revenue--except when it is funding Governor Bob's election campaigns.
I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...