By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor, Montgomery, AL
State Democrats blast Riley’s “anti-gambling push” in Dothan. Here’s the party’s statement:
Dothan, AL – The Chair of the Houston County Democratic Party today has called on Houston County citizens of all political stripes to rise up against Governor Riley’s attempt to shut down the Country Crossing Development through his gaming task force. Houston County Democratic Chairwoman Jennifer Adams today says that Riley’s attempt to close a legal, private development is costing Houston County workers their jobs and hurting the local governments’ that are benefitting from the new revenue Country Crossing has generated. Just last week Country Crossing presented $1.6 million in fees to the people of Houston County for water, schools and public libraries.
“Bob Riley needs to stay out of Houston County’s local affairs and concentrate on creating new jobs instead of killing jobs in the Wiregrass. Country Crossings and its investors have followed the law and Houston County citizens have the legal constitutional right to self-determination on this issue. Bob Riley needs to quit helping the Mississippi Choctaw gaming interests and stay out of Houston County.” Adams stated today.
State Democratic Chairman Joe Turnham supports the Houston County Democratic position and says that Riley has circumvented his constitutional authority. “The people of Houston County have every right to self-determination on the issue of Country Crossing. Governor Riley’s task force is his way of bypassing the Attorney General, the Houston County Commission, the Houston County Sheriff and the local District Attorney who have authority on this matter. His actions are absolutely bizarre.” Turnham noted.
Adams says that both Riley and the Republican Party will pay a price at the ballot box throughout the Wiregrass in November for meddling in a Houston County matter and for killing free enterprise, private investment and jobs in the Wiregrass.