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Strike four, Mr. Crosby; Gaming head unable to meet ethical standard.

Three times in these pages we have chronicled the lapses in judgment displayed by Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. They include his attending a February 2012 party in his honor given by a law firm that had just won a contract to negotiate a casino deal; his May 2012 bungling of the case of C. Stanley McGee, a candidate for interim director of the Gaming Commission; and his failure to reveal business ties to Paul Lohnes, one of the landowners involved in a proposal in Everett.

Last week, Mr. Crosby recorded a fourth lapse, attending a private reception at Suffolk Downs on Kentucky Derby day -- albeit at his own expense.

Even Mr. Crosby himself recognizes his actions have raised questions about his impartiality, although he insists he has been impartial, and told the Boston Globe that he failed to consider that "it did not pass the sniff test in how that would appear in the Boston Globe.''

Gov. Deval L. Patrick, who criticized Mr. Crosby for attending the party, later praised his decision to step away from casino deliberations for Greater Boston.

What the governor ought to have done is demand Mr. Crosby's resignation.

The chairman of the commission charged with overseeing the casino siting process must be above reproach and actively involved in all decisions.

Mr. Crosby is obviously not the man for that job.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:May 12, 2014
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