Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:46 PM
DonViejo (18,888 posts)
Who will win the Adelson primary?
Several GOP 2016 hopefuls have met with the wealthy casino mogul, but keep an eye on Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
BY ALEX SEITZ-WALD
Mitt Romney may still be grieving his loss (mostly by eating pizza, it seems), but 2012 is sooo last month and 2016 is just around the corner. Politico’s Ken Vogel reports today that potential candidates of both parties have already started courted potential donors, including Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Adelson is the top prize for any GOP White House hopeful, with pockets deep enough and political instincts dull enough to single-handedly fund a presidential campaign. He spent, we learn today, an absolutely astonishing $150 million backing Republicans this year, including $20 million on Newt Gingrich’s failed bid. So the stakes are high for the suitors, but to whom will Adelson give his rose?
Rep. Paul Ryan met with Adelson shortly after Romney picked him for the VP slot, but the mogul reportedly wants someone with “executive experience,” so that means governors. There were plenty of those around last month when the Republican Governors Association met in Adelson’s home of Las Vegas, and Vogel reports at least five trekked across town to woo Adelson. The suitors were Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell. Rick Scott of Florida and Jan Brewer of Arizona also met with Adelson, though neither are considered 2016 contenders.
While any speculation about who will in the Adelson primary at this point is purely tea leaf reading, we’re giving McDonnell the edge. Adelson donated $20,000 to McDonnell’s 2009 gubernatorial bid and the mogul has been actively involved in Virginia politics since. He was the largest donor this year to a super PAC created to boost Republican George Allen’s Senate bid. That group, Independence Virginia PAC, was was founded by a former aide to McDonnell and Adelson’s $1.5 million donation accounted for over a third what the group ended up spending. Adelson has also given thousands to Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor and his Commonwealth Leadership Fund.
We know there are few issues about which Adelson is particularly interested in, including casinos, energy, and Israel.
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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 06:59 PM
Texin (203 posts)
3. So potential POTUS candidates have got to go kiss this troll's ring?
What a fucking douche. The whole thing just sounds like politics Borgia-style. Disgusting and deeply disturbing.