Former Congressman Dennis Eckart has joined the party. He’s backing Issue 3. That makes it almost unanimous – every shyster in town is backing a monopoly casino for a billionaire.
What a wonderful town this is.
Eckart, a former Greater Cleveland Growth Association (now Greater Cleveland Partnership) top boss, played a liberal politician for years. It’s has been a money-maker as Eckart has become a corporate shill here.
WKYC-TV allows this lobbyist free air access many Sunday mornings on Tom Beres’s Between the Lines. A lobbyist as a political commentator. Do you go any lower?
WKYC reports that Eckart will fill-in for billionaire mortgage man and Cavalier owner Dan Gilbert He is supposedly ill. Gilbert will be one of the owners of a monopoly casino, if voters approve Issue 3, a constitutional change on Election Day.
Eckart will argue for Gilbert’s casino deal in a debate at Kent State University. He is a trustee at KSU.
Once a Golden Boy liberal politician, Eckart has bounced around after leaving Congress. He has been with law firms Baker & Hostetler and the now bankrupt Arter & Hadden. He served in Congress from 1981 to 1993, leaving to pursue business interests as the Republicans took ownership of the U. S. Congress.
Eckart is involved in real estate development and operates North Shore Associates. When he’s not doing business it is reported that he spends time with his family at his two estates. Well.
And then, of course, he plays a slick commentator for WKYC-TV. His liberal reputation makes him an ideal spokesperson for corporate interests.
By backing the casino deal, Eckart shows once again he played his liberalism into a money-maker.