Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Racing Panel Waffles By Seeking Consultant.(Final)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

Hiring an outside consultant to help determine licensing for a new race track and casino in Hobbs wastes taxpayers' money and shirks responsibility

Gov. Bill Richardson hand-selected the state Racing Commission's five members. Presumably they're capable of fulfilling the duties of the commission -- or did he appoint a herd of geldings?

The commission's handing off the controversial choice from among four applicants for the lucrative license appears to be more of an effort to head off lawsuits than to serve New Mexicans.

After all, it was commission chairman Jack Cole who told a bevy of applicants' attorneys last month, "You guys have scared us. …

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