House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said he is "doubtful" there will be any action on expanded gambling this year and that he is finished compromising.
"I like to keep out hope, but at this point, I can't say I'm optimistic," DeLeo said during an interview today with Globe reporters.
DeLeo said Governor Deval Patrick has not been as willing to compromise, and that the two men have not spoken since Saturday, as the two-year legislative session ended with angry finger-pointing, when the bill to authorize casinos and slot parlors fell apart.
"He's known for two years this is a priority of mine," DeLeo said. "I think he should move one more [step toward compromising]. I've moved."
DeLeo initially wanted to authorize two resort-style casinos and license the state's four racetracks to operate slot machines. He eventually agreed on a bill to allow three casinos and two slot licenses. Patrick said he would sign a bill with only one slot license. After the Legislative session ended Saturday, he withdrew his compromise and sent a bill back that had no slot licenses. The Legislature would have to muster a two-thirds vote to override Patrick. DeLeo said he does not expect a return to session, meaning the bill is likely dead.
The speaker said he is "disappointed" with Patrick, but would not use the word angry. And he said that despite the lack of a gambling bill, which he would have considered "the hallmark" of the session, he hopes that others will recognize that it was among the most productive legislative sessions in many years.
DeLeo has endorsed Patrick, his fellow Democrat, for reelection and said he would continue to support him. But the enthusiasm sounded diminished in the aftermath of the bruising gambling fight. Asked if he would take Patrick around Winthrop to campaign for him if asked, DeLeo said "I think he and I would have to talk about that."
His first priority, he said, would be in reelecting Democrats to retain his strong majority in the House.
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