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11 Questions with Gov. Jack Markell
6. NFL Stars vs. Delaware
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS: One of the NFL's threats is that they may send NFL stars to Delaware to lobby against your proposal. You're an Eagles fan. If the NFL sent Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook to Dover to argue against your proposal, do you believe that would hurt your effort in any way?

Gov. Markell: We would welcome them to Delaware. They have a lot of friends here in Delaware. Frankly, a lot of the players around the NFL have friends here in Delaware. But I think the people in Delaware will separate out a high profile visit from a star -- which lots of kids and others would be excited about -- with the fact that this generates $55 million in funds that are needed to pay for teachers, to keep police on the streets, to pay for caregivers who are caring for people who can't care for themselves. So to us, this is not particularly a matter of ideology, it's a matter that we have this tool at our disposal and we ought to take advantage of it. When we do, we can generate funds for services that are certainly needed.

RCS Interviews Delaware Gov. Jack Markell




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