GOP Splits Over Gambling

A Republican dispute illustrates the legislative gambling debate and how it divides the party.

Newly elected national GOP Committeewoman Pat Anderson, who represents Minnesota on the Republican National Committee, lobbies for allowing horse racing tracks to add slot machines. But the state Republican platform opposes expanded gambling, prompting Deputy Party Chairman Michael Brodkorb to say Anderson should resign for breaking from the platform.

Anderson is far from the only Republican favoring some new gambling.

House Whip Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, is a major racino supporter. Jobs Committee Chairman Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, is main author of the racino bill. And the list goes on.

Rookie Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, used a Tweet to put the dispute in perspective: “I won money at the casino tonight. Maybe I should resign because that is against the party platform.”