Washington, DC – In an interview with political reporter Jon Ralston last night, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was “flummoxed” by a question about casino gaming, despite conducting the interview in Las Vegas. “I should have prepped for these questions,” he said (go to the 21:15 mark of the video).
To help ensure that candidates are more prepared for future visits to Nevada and other casino states, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is providing a cheat sheet on the $240 billion gaming industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs across 40 states.
“All presidential candidates should embrace casino gaming and understand that doing so will help, not hinder, one’s chances of gaining more votes,” said Sara Rayme, AGA senior vice president of public affairs. “We look forward to showing candidates the ins-and-outs of today’s gaming industry and the significant positive impact we have on the economy across the nation.”
Earlier this year, the AGA launched its first-ever “Gaming Votes” initiative, which is educating candidates about the industry and informing gaming employees about the candidates as they visit key early-vote and battleground states – which also happen to be casino states. AGA is compiling a voter guide to share with gaming employees – voters – ahead of caucuses and elections.
About AGA: The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for growth, innovation and reinvestment.