Louisiana state senator admits to gambling problem after being escorted out of Baton Rouge casino

Louisiana state senator admits to gambling problem after being escorted out of Baton Rouge casino

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, the chair of the Democratic party for Louisiana, admitted to having a gambling addiction Friday night after reports she was kicked out of L’Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans (Source: senate.la.gov)
Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans (Source: senate.la.gov)

The senator issued a statement Friday, Mar. 22 saying she has struggled with a gambling addiction for many years.

“It is a disease,” she said in the statement.

She says about two years ago, she enrolled in a state program to help those with gambling disorders. Under the program, a person struggling with addiction can voluntarily exclude themselves from entering any gambling establishment. Peterson says as part of the program, she agreed to allow any officials who see her in a gambling establishment to escort her out and issue her a summons. She says she recently violated those terms and was issued a summons by Louisiana State Police.

Click here to read the full statement from Sen. Peterson.

Louisiana state senator releases statement about gambling problem after being escorted out of casino

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