BOSTON ( -- Saying it was just "politics," Governor Deval Patrick dismissed questions about whether or not Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby should step down from his post.

During a stop in New Bedford, Patrick told Fox 25's Political Reporter Sharman Sacchetti, "I'm not concerned about that. It's politics and people say things in politics."

Last week Crosby recused himself from decisions involving Wynn Resorts' proposal in Everett and the Mohegan Sun proposal at Suffolk Downs. Crosby bowed out only after he was spotted attending a private party at Suffolk Downs during Opening Day. Crosby also raised eyebrows when he waited a year before disclosing his past relationship with the owner of the Everett site.

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