Florida oranges are hot potatoes for Ala. governor
For Alabama’s anti-gambling governor, Florida oranges are hot
Gov. Bob Riley made the usual friendly bet with Florida Gov.
Charlie Crist on last weekend’s Southeastern Conference football
championship game: a crate of Florida oranges versus ribs from
Dreamland Barbecue in Tuscaloosa.
But with Alabama’s win comes criticism over Riley’s push to
close down the state’s electronic bingo halls.
Riley’s office says he never intended to collect the winnings
and he asked Florida not to send the oranges.
Florida officials say they had been planning to send the citrus
along. When Florida beat Alabama last year, Riley ponied up the
A Riley spokesman says the bet is in good fun and criticism is
coming from upset gambling advocates.