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State Senator Vows to Block National Harbor Casino



    Supporters of a proposal to build a casino at National Harbor have a new opponent: the lawmaker whose district includes the Prince George’s County development.

    State Senator C. Anthony Muse says he will do everything he can to prevent the casino from becoming a reality.

    Muse objects to legislation that would allow for a Las Vegas-style casino in Prince George’s County, which would include table games in addition to slots.

    County Executive Rushern Baker is a strong supporter of the bill; he and other county leaders say it could generate millions of dollars for the state and Prince George’s County and could generate much-needed jobs in the process.

    Muse doesn’t see it that way. He describes the bill as a kind of “backroom deal” the county needs to avoid. He also thinks the legislation could be put off a year so Prince George’s County residents would have time to comment on the proposal.

    The casino plan is also drawing criticism from the owner of a casino, which is scheduled to open later this year in Anne Arundel County. Studies show that a Prince George’s County facility could take a huge chunk out of the Anne Arundel County casino’s business.

    Baker has his sights set on National Harbor for the potential casino, but Rosecroft Raceway, in nearby Fort Washington, is also being considered for a possible site. Prince George’s County officials say that location may actually be more affordable.

    Muse is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Ben Cardin. He is the husband of News 4 anchor Pat Lawson Muse.