Alabama Governor Candidates Want to Get Rid of Task Force

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The commander of Gov. Bob Riley's task force went back to court Monday seeking permission to raid Victoryland, the state's largest and last electronic bingo casino in operation.

But even if task force commander John Tyson is successful, the casinos could be back in business once a new governor takes office on Jan. 17.

Both major party candidates for governor are saying they will get rid of the task force. Democratic candidate Ron Sparks says his first action as governor will be to fire Tyson. Republican Robert Bentley says he will "dismantle the task force" and concentrate on finding jobs for Alabama residents who are out of work.

Tyson said he works for Riley and he wouldn't expect to keep the position after Riley leaves office.

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