The two third-party candidates for governor agree on one thing
about gambling: State government has become addicted to
"I think gambling is unhealthy for the economy and the body
politic," said Denise Giardina, Mountain Party candidate. "The
She listed a litany of evils that she said come with gambling,
including an increase in crime, domestic violence and child abuse.
Giardina worries that the local referendum of casino gambling at
The Greenbrier hotel could lead to expansion of gambling at other
places, despite promises that The Greenbrier is a special case.
"I think the Greenbrier referendum allows a very powerful institution
to throw its weight around," she said. "One thing will lead to another,
and expansion will be very difficult to stop."
Barroom video poker, or "gray machines," should be banned, just like
they were in South Carolina, she said. She would not seek to eliminate the
Libertarian candidate Bob Myers said private enterprise, not