My name is Bill. (Hi Bill) And I….don’t have a gambling problem.
Morals czar William Bennett is considering filing lawsuits against Las Vegas casino companies that may have leaked documents detailing his gambling habits.
Bennett, the architect and leading advocate of Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign, was outed in the May issue of The Washington Monthly magazine as a gambler who has wagered — and lost — millions over the past decade at Bellagio and Caesars Atlantic City.
During a 60-minute interview with Tim Russert on CNCB this weekend, the former education secretary complained his privacy rights had been “deliberately damaged” while also mocking Las Vegas’ latest national marketing campaigns.
“By the way, there’s a commercial on that people may have seen about Las Vegas, that ‘What happens here stays here.’ Well, not in my case. Some people there were trying to do me great harm,” Bennett said.
The “What happens here” ad campaign is part of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s latest marketing campaign to boost tourism to the city.
He argued the magazine report stemmed from the release of “some documents” by the casinos themselves which was not legal and violated his privacy rights.
He alleges documents were selectively leaked to create a false impression that he had a gaming problem.
First you have to admit that you have a problem. Losing $8 million is a problem.
I’m waiting for Bill to later claim that playing slots “isn’t really gambling”. It would be the first true thing he’s said about the affair.