Rick Perry Indictment is Great News for Online Gambling
In the past few weeks, we’ve talked a bit about Rick Perry, the Republican Governor from Texas. The reason we’ve been talking about him is because he suddenly joined the war against online gambling. There are many reasons this could’ve happened, but the most likely reason was because he got some financial backing from Sheldon Adelson.
On August 15th, everything changed.
Rick Perry was indicted for abuse of power and coercion, threatening to veto several million dollars in funding to the Public Integrity Unit (which he later followed through with), and trying to get the Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, to resign. These are pretty heavy accusations. The abuse of official capacity is a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public servant is a third-degree felony. These are both punishable with a lengthy stay in jail.
At this point, it’s unknown what will happen to Rick Perry. What is known, however, is that this throws a gigantic wrench into his plan to run in the 2016 election. This has to infuriate Sheldon Adelson, as Rick Perry vowed to put an end to online gambling once and for all if he was able to get into the Oval Office.
So what does this mean for online gamblers? Is victory a sure thing? Nothing’s certain, but this is a positive step for online gambling.
It’s not really a secret that money motivates the majority of us, but the allegations against Rick Perry are surprising. The stars were lining up for a presidential run, but it will be difficult to find support after these allegations.
Meanwhile, Sheldon Adelson continues his offensive by getting the support of lobbyists and throwing more money at the situation. As online gambling continues to drive in money (New Jersey posted a positive monthly revenue in comparison to last year, despite the fact that several casinos closed), it may become impossible to stop.
With online gambling poised to be legalized in Pennsylvania, it could be just a matter of time before everyone’s able to take advantage of online gambling and no deposit promotions from the comfort of their own home, no matter how many politicians line up to try to stop the bill. Online gambling will likely be a central point of focus in the next presidential election.
As for Rick Perry, nothing has happened yet. There wasn’t a big manhunt for him or anything like that, he voluntarily turned himself in four days after the charges. He pleaded not guilty and waived the arraignment. Since then, he’s remained mostly silent. If he’s convicted, which seems extremely unlikely given the treatment to politicians in our judicial system, he could face anywhere from five to a hundred years in prison.