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Letter: In this domain, boondoggle trumps politics

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In the Republicans’ New Hampshire debate, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump engaged in a heated argument over eminent domain, the process by which the government seizes private property for public use or projects.

Bush accused Trump of trying to use eminent domain to take property of an elderly woman in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for one of his casinos in the 1990s. “And the simple fact is to turn this into a limousine parking lot for his casinos is not public use,” Bush said.

According to an article in the Jan. 31 Star-Telegram, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger not only supports Jeb Bush, she chairs Jeb’s campaign in her congressional district. Is this the same Kay Granger who used eminent domain to seize the property of dozens of property owners for the Trinity River Vision boondoggle?

Jeb Bush rails against Donald Trump’s use of eminent domain for his Atlantic City casino. Kay Granger, his District 12 campaign chair, used eminent domain in spades – not against one person but against dozens for a boondoggle where some believe somebody just may have plans for a future Town Lake Casino.

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

Don Woodard

Fort Worth

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