Nevada Dirty Tricks: Special Caucus Scheduled to Accomodate Newt's Billionaire BuddySubmitted by FlyingComic on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 04:51
The presidential campaign of Texas Rep. Ron Paul is calling it “underhanded” and “completely unacceptable” that the Nevada GOP has scheduled a special evening caucus in Las Vegas on Feb. 4 to accommodate billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Carl Bunce, Nevada campaign chair to the Paul campaign, reacted forcefully to a Chronicle report that the state GOP Thursday confirmed the decision to go ahead with the special caucus beginning at 6 p.m. A party official told the Chronicle the special caucus would “accommodate those with religious restrictions.”
But the Nevada GOP has raised eyebrows with its move to provide a special evening caucus session at the Adelson Educational Campus, a private school in Las Vegas founded by Adelson. State Republicans told the Chronicle the decision came after pressure from the billionaire who donated $5 million to a special PAC in support of GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich — a donation that was matched by his wife, Miriam.
Adelson, one of the world’s richest men, is an Orthodox Jew and observes the Sabbath from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. The special Adelson caucus would reportedly accommodate some 500 conservative observant Jewish voters who presumably also would be observing religious traditions on Saturday morning.