Newt’s casino-baron backer says Gingrich ‘at the end of his line’

By David Ferguson
Thursday, March 29, 2012 11:30 EDT
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Sheldon Adelson speaks to 'Jewish Journal'
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Billionaire casino owner and major donor to the Newt Gingrich (R-GA) super PAC Winning Our Future has indicated that the Gingrich 2012 campaign’s days are numbered, in spite of the former Speaker of the House’s avowal to stay in the race. In an interview with The Jewish Journal, Adelson said that while he doesn’t care for former Massachusetts Republican Governor Mitt Romney or ex-Senator Rick Santorum(R-PA), he feels that Gingrich has reached “the end of his line.”

Speaking to reporters at TribeFest, a three day “networking retreat” for Jewish professionals hosted at one of his casinos, and wearing a button that said, “Obama…Oy Vey!”, Adelson derided Rick Santorum as a politician with no history of “decision making” and no real accomplishments to show for his time in public office.

Adelson expressed doubts about Mitt Romney as well, saying that he’s not the “bold decision-maker” that Newt Gingrich is. Also in Gingrich’s favor, said the casino baron, is that “you don’t have to worry about using the word ‘Islamofascist’ around him or ‘Islamoterrorist,’ because that’s what they are.”

When prodded by the Journal reporter, however, Adelson conceded that he feels as though Gingrich is “at the end of his line,” because “mathematically he can’t get anywhere near the numbers” that he would need to secure the presidential nomination.

Raw Story spoke to Rick Tyler, a representative of Winning Our Future, who remains sanguine about Speaker Gingrich’s chances of winning the nomination. Adelson has donated more than $15 million to the PAC, but when asked if the Jewish Journal interview signals the end of Adelson’s willingness to provide funds for the committee, Tyler declined to speak for donors, declaring that they “speak for themselves.”

With regards to the campaign’s decision to downsize, Tyler said that at the super PAC, “We haven’t downsized at all. We march on.” The spokesman said that the chances are “better than even money” on a brokered Republican convention this summer and that Gingrich is determined to fight all the way to Tampa, if necessary.

“The media hasn’t vetted Governor Romney,” said Tyler, who believes that, rather than watchdogs, reporters have become spectators at the 2012 electoral horse race. When he has tried to raise issues with them regarding Mitt Romney’s questionable record at Bain Capital, they ask how much the PAC is planning to spend on ads to deliver that message.

“Romney could hold up a liquor store,” he said, “and they’d ask how much money we’re going to spend to tell them about it.”

However, when I asked him if he felt that the media coverage of the Republican primary has been biased, he said, “The media’s bias is toward news,” which, ironically, gives him hope for the summer. “A brokered convention,” he said, “would be huge news.”

You can watch video of the interview below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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