Wynn casino caught up in governor's race and #MeToo – The Boston Globe

By Globe Columnist  October 03, 2018

Minus #MeToo, it’s a safe bet Steve Wynn would be basking in the glory of next June’s opening day ceremonies for the hotel and gambling palace he personally shepherded to Everett.

But because of allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him, Wynn won’t be celebrating on the banks of the Mystic River. He resigned as CEO of Wynn Resorts, and his name was purged from the project, now rechristened “Encore Boston Harbor.” Whether that’s enough to save the casino license for the company he founded is still unknown — and now tied up in a governor’s race and the national #MeToo movement.

For months, investigators for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have been looking into who at Wynn Resorts knew what about Wynn’s misdeeds. How and when to handle their findings is now mixed up in the sudden resignation of Steve Crosby as chairman of the five-member commission.


The commission picked Gayle Cameron, one of the four remaining members, to serve as interim chair, pending a formal designation from Governor Charlie Baker, who is running for re-election. Asked through a spokesman about the timetable for a replacement for Crosby, the Baker administration left that question unanswered.

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Jay Gonzalez, the Democrat running against Baker, said “the sooner the governor can appoint” a new commissioner, “the better.” He believes Baker is dragging his feet on that, and also failing to lead on the #MeToo front.

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