California Senator Rod Wright was convicted this week in Los Angeles on eight felony charges for voter fraud and perjury. He resigned from the influential Senate Governmental Organization Committee responsible for state gambling bills.
Wright is in favor of legalized online poker in the state and has written numerous related failed bills.
Nicholas Kisberg, the chief executive of CardsChat.com, said:
“Internet poker is not going anywhere, and Sen. Wright is appealing the jury’s verdict, so he is not going anywhere just yet either.
"As a man of vision, and a man willing to take the poker bull by the horns and stand behind legislation, his influence will be sorely missed. This could cause catastrophic delays for the industry.”