Former Lt. Gov. Steele, state GOP back Question 7

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Former Republican National Committee Chairman and former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele and former Maryland State Republican Party Chairwoman Audrey Scott announced Tuesday their support for Question 7. They said the measure would create thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions for education in Maryland by making our gaming program competitive with neighboring states.
 
Michael Steele and Audrey Scott co-wrote a letter to Republican voters urging support for Question 7 and a rejection of an anticipated $40 million negative advertising campaign from West Virginia's Penn National casino.  They also explain how Question 7 will generate thousands of good jobs, create a regional draw for out-of-state entertainment dollars by permitting a resort casino in Prince George's County, and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenues for school systems and local governments across the state, including Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore.
 
Scott and Steele emphasize in the letter that despite the political overtones of the fall election, Question 7 is really about three things, making Maryland gaming competitive with neighboring states, creating private sector economic development and putting Maryland first (as opposed to putting West Virginia first).  They go on and say, regarding Question 7 that "partisan politics should not interfere with economic development and the creation of jobs."
 
Audrey Scott is a former Council Member on the Prince George's County Council, a former Mayor of Bowie, a former County Executive candidate in Prince George's County, Secretary of Planning under Governor Bob Ehrlich and the immediate past Chair of the Maryland Republican Party.  She was an early supporter of National Harbor while a member of the Prince George's County Council.  Audrey and her family lived in Prince George's County for more than 40 years.

Steele and wife Andrea live in Upper Marlboro, in Prince George's County.

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