NOVEMBER 9, 2006 - Posted at 4:53 p.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Missouri Gaming Commission director Gene McNary is upset at Attorney General Jay Nixon for criticizing the state plan to take over a casino.
The commission voted last week to temporarily take over the Casino Aztar in Caruthersville until a licensed buyer can be found.
McNary says the unusual move was necessary to save 300 jobs and $6 million in fees and taxes the casino pays.
The casino's owner is being sold to a Kentucky company. That company has not obtained a Missouri license and plans to sell the casino, but a licensed buyer could not be in place by a mid-November deadline.
Nixon says the takeover is a conflict with the commission's regulatory duties.
McNary is calling Nixon's letter a "blatant political statement."