We are already building momentum for our effort, and are pleased to announce that the esteemed, John T. Montford, will be leading a public affairs campaign to allow Texans the opportunity to vote on the expansion of gaming. Sen. Montford's service as a U.S. Marine Corps officer and success as an elected District Attorney propelled him to serve in the state senate for 14 years where he was regularly recognized as one of the "Top 10 Best Legislators." He then served as Chancellor at Texas Tech in Lubbock, and is a successful Texas businessman. The Texas Tribune has just published an excellent interview with him about his new role where he talks about why this issue is so important to him and Texas. Watch the video or read the transcript HERE.
An overwhelming majority of Texas voters, regardless of political party or geographic region, agree that we are smart enough to decide this issue ourselves. Texas was founded on a simple principle: Texans ought to decide the fate of Texas. Our state was founded by men and women who exhibited fierce independence and rejected the idea of a nanny state where government decided for individuals what they can best decide for themselves.
Let's face facts. Texans are already gambling in large numbers. Unfortunately, we are forced to travel across state borders to spend our entertainment dollars. Each year, $2.5 billion – $1 billion in Oklahoma alone! – leaves Texas and ends up creating jobs and paying for schools, firefighters and other infrastructure in our neighboring states. But don't just take our word for it, you can see with your own eyes! Check out this map showing how our neighboring states have surrounded us with gaming facilities so they can keep our money flowing into their states. Fellow Texans, we are getting fleeced by our neighbors! It's time to bring that money home.
Sam Houston Race Park needs your help. There is no better time than now to encourage your legislator to allow Texans an opportunity to exercise their vote on gaming. This is about our freedom to choose. Texans have always believed in the freedom of the individual, uninhibited by government. Visit our new website and sign our online petition. Don't forget to check out the Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest gaming news!