NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – The Democratic candidates for Montgomery County commissioner are calling on their Republican opponents to support legislation that would funnel some of the money from the soon-to-be-opened Valley Forge Resort Casino directly to the county.

Under current law, the money generated by the table games and slot machines will go into a state fund that would be doled out from Harrisburg.

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But Pennsylvania State Rep. Josh Shapiro, a candidate for county commissioner, has attached amendments to a gaming bill that would give the commissioners direct access to that money.

Shapiro and his running mate, Leslie Richards, called on Bruce Castor (current GOP commissioner running for re-election) and Jenny Brown (running for commissioner for the first time) to put aside party bickering and embrace an idea he says is good for the county, “and one that quite frankly they have said before that they were for and now all of sudden because we’re for it, they seem to be against it,” Shapiro says.

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Shapiro also blamed the current board of commissioners for failing to have open lines of communications with the county delegation in Harrisburg that could have avoided this problem.

The casino is scheduled to open in the spring.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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