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Mass. Politician Who Blocked Poker Bill to Run for Kennedy's Seat

September 9, 2009 (CAP Newswire) — Reasons are emerging for why an online poker vote was unceremoniously pulled from the upcoming Massachusetts state election ballot last week, and the political motivations involved.

Massachusetts’ Attorney General Martha Coakley was apparently the party responsible for blocking the vote, telling the Poker Players Alliance that the ballot measure wasn't written in the proper form for inclusion on the upcoming fall ballot.

Now, that same attorney general has announced that she will be running for the U.S. Senate, in the seat vacated by the recent death of Ted Kennedy.

While it may be too soon to pass judgment on her larger political motivations, it would seem that Coakley’s presence in the senate would be of little help to the new movement to fully legalize online poker in the United States.

Thanks to Online Casino Advisory for the tip.