Donald Trump's federal lawsuit, filed in federal court in Harrisburg today against the state Gaming Control Board, is really targeted at two proposed casinos in Philadelphia -- SugarHouse and Foxwoods. They won casino licenses in 2006. Trump didn't. Now he wants a judge to declare a do-over.
The investors for the two casino projects reacted very differently today. Foxwoods declined to comment. SugarHouse issued two comments that sounded like a poke first in Trump's right eye and then in his left.
SugarHouse spokeswoman Leigh Whitaker first suggested Trump's lawsuit was motivated by the bottom line of his casinos in Atlantic City. "In light of the financial trouble that Trump's Atlantic City casinos are in, it certainly is not surprising that Trump would seek to further delay the opening of casinos in Philadelphia," Whitaker e-mailed reporters. She followed up with an e-mailed statement from SugarHouse investor Richard Sprague, who cited the now defunct catch-phrase from "The Apprentice," Trump's canceled television series: "When the matter is finally over, Mr. Trump will be told "you're fired!"