Pens to bid on slot machines parlor

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to land a gambling license so they've hired an adviser from the Gore and Kerry presidential campaigns to help in the pursuit.

David Morehouse, a 44-year-old native of Pittsburgh, will serve as the Penguins' senior consultant for special projects.

The Penguins will bid for the slot machines parlor guaranteed Pittsburgh when the state Legislature legalized slot machines last year. The Penguins plan to use proceeds from the slots parlor to build a new downtown arena.

Morehouse most recently served as John Kerry's traveling chief of staff. He was a senior adviser to Al Gore from 1999 to 2001, working on the Gore presidential campaign. He was also an aide to former President Clinton.

Morehouse also worked as deputy director of executive education at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government from 2001-03.

"It's a bit ironic that I'm going to be working for the Penguins on building a new arena, considering I spent a good part of my youth trying to sneak into Penguins games to see Syl Apps, Jean Pronovost and Dave Burrows at the Civic Arena," Morehouse said.