Former State Senator Ernie Newton responds to assertions made in a book by casino mogul Richard “Skip” Bronson that Newton had his hand out in exchange for supporting Bronson’s state gaming proposal about 20 years ago. Newton was then a member of the State House. (See prior OIB post.) Newton is seeking a political comeback for his old State Senate seat after completing a prison sentence for 2005 charges unrelated to Bronson’s claim in the book War on the Shore. From Newton:
“This is absolutely false, but unfortunately not surprising. When I decided to subject myself to public scrutiny again by running for office, I understood this kind of stuff comes with it.
There are going to be plenty of people trying to tear me and my campaign down–and we know facts aren’t necessarily required. This campaign has never been about me–it’s about this community and raising the awareness of its need. The chorus of our voices will elevate that discussion while the long overdue redemption and opportunity for our community is placed in highest priority.”