Supporters of the passage of Maryland’s gambling expansion bill received support from a couple of unexpected high-profile celebrities. No less than former boxing champion, Oscar De La Hoya and world-famous magician David Copperfield.
The six-division world champion, affectionately called “the Golden Boy”, recently recorded a robocall voicing his support of the passage of Question 7, which would pave the way for a casino to be built in Prince George’s County, as well as add table games in the state’s five previously authorized slots sites.
De La Hoya singled out MGM Resorts, one of the most aggressive company’s that are positioning themselves to build a casino at National Harbor in Prince George’s County, as a top-flight casino operator that will provide a tremendous boost to the community. MGM already has a proposal lined up to build an $800 million casino resort at National Harbor.
If MGM comes to Prince George’s, the county will get a similar “destination resort” that will create “thousands of jobs for hard-working people,” De La Hoya says, as quoted by the Washington Post.
Earlier this month, magician extraordinaire David Copperfield also made a similar robocall to voice his support of the casino expansion plan.
“This is a destination resort casino, like the one proposed by Question 7 and one that could appear if you approve Question 7,” Copperfield said.
But more than just the promise of world-class entertainment, both De La Hoya and Copperfield are throwing their support behind Question 7 because of the promise made by its proponents to create thousands of new employment opportunities, as well as millions of dollars in new revenue.
“I want to assure you this is no illusion, and it’s why I’m asking you to vote for Question 7,” Copperfield says.
The Golden Boy and the Illusionist are two of the latest high-profile supporters of gambling expansion in the state of Maryland. Even the Washington Redskins have thrown their name into the mix, describing Question 7 as a “tremendous opportunity to create thousands of good-paying jobs, increase funding for public schools, and help provide dollars for other critical state and local government services.”