Friday, April 4, 2014
Vegas To Hold GOP Convention? Probably
From Page 6: Las Vegas has a big advantage over the other five cities hoping to host the Republican National Convention in 2016: Sheldon Adelson.
Adelson — the owner of the Las Vegas Sands (which operates resorts and casinos all over the world, including the Venetian and the Palazzo in Vegas) — has a net worth of $40 billion, and he donated $100 million in 2012 to the campaigns of Newt Gingrich and then Mitt Romney.
“Sheldon is adamant that the GOP must go to Vegas,” said one source. Some GOPers fear that if Adelson doesn’t get his way, he’ll give a couple hundred million dollars to the Democrats just for spite.
The other five cities in contention are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City.
Evangelical Christians oppose “Sin City” for the GOP party, saying it sends the wrong message, but Adelson “doesn’t want to hear it,” said my source.
Adelson, 80, hosted the four-day Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Vegas a week ago, drawing potential presidential candidates Jeb Bush and governors Chris Christie of New Jersey, John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Politico reported that Adelson quipped that he couldn’t oblige a request from the RJC for a $50 million contribution because the group’s executive director, Matt Brooks, didn’t have change for $1 billion. http://pagesix.com/2014/04/04/vegas-or-bust-for-republicans/?_ga=1.262928779.687764685.1396626315
It will be interesting to see what the GOP does. If they go to Vegas, they will signal they are going after the younger and hip crowd. They will also poke a stick in Senile Harry Reid's eye, the Culinary Union the Democrats that run Las Vegas and Clark County.
If they go to the other cities, then they will signal they are going more conservative.
As far as conservatives who think Las Vegas is all parties, sex and rock and roll, well, they will be impressed that other than The Las Vegas Strip, Downtown a couple of smaller areas like Boulder High Way, they will cities like any other big city. They will the workers that make this city work and see that the vast majority of people have a strong religious and conservative beliefs.
I'm mixed about having the convention here. It's great for business but on the other hand, the GOP attracts the ugly, hateful and stupid liberals who will do their best to disrupt the convention. It will also cost a lot to maintain a large police presence to keep these fools from trashing the City, unless of course, we stage them out at the Speedway.
All in all, welcome GOP to Las Vegas.