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Nick Lee May 02

In response to a text message campaign sent to locals concerning a lottery bill, Rep. Corey Harbison released a statement:

“I have had a lot of people call or text to tell me about this message they received. I don’t know of anyone that knows who sent the message. I have talked to other house members that oppose all gaming bills and a message like this one was sent out in their districts too.

This is garbage and it’s obvious that whoever is doing this has a lot of money to spend and some major interest in it. There’s no way for me to know for sure, but I’d be willing to bet my lollipop that this is being pushed by out-of-state groups that are making big dollars off of Alabamians and don’t want that to stop.

It is true that there is a gaming bill that may be voted on. I have not received a copy to read so I don’t know the details. I don’t mind anyone contacting me in support or opposition of any piece of legislation. That’s part of my job. What does irritate me is for someone to send out false or misleading propaganda that makes it appear that my vote goes to the highest bidder. This is simply an intimidation tactic that seems to me is coming from the exact kind of people the message is making me out to be.

I appreciate the people who have reached out to me just to make sure I know about it and offer supporting comments. It means a lot to hear from friends and know people aren’t buying this crap.

We only have a few days left in this session. I can’t say for sure what’s coming or if it will even have the support to pass. Anything that is passed in Montgomery will be put on a statewide ballot for every citizen in Alabama to say yes or no to.”