Harry Reid says “Don’t pick on” Sheldon Adelson

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Sheldon Adelson has been taking a lot of heat this year from both gamblers and non-gamblers alike. The Las Vegas Sands Chairman is pushing his agenda to abolish online casino games and poker in what most see as a self-serving campaign meant to protect the Sands empire. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) has a message for everybody who’s criticizing the casino mogul: “Don’t pick on him.”

The matter came up when Reid was being asked about his derogatory comments about Charles and David Koch, two billionaire brothers who’ve contributed over $400 million to Republican causes. Reid claims that the Koch brothers’ effort to buy government politicians is “dishonest, deceptive, false and unfair.”

He was also asked about Sheldon Adelson, who, like the Koch’s, has spent millions to back Republican politicians, fight unions and attempt to suppress online gambling. “Sheldon Adelson, don’t pick on him,” Reid said. “He’s not in this for money. He’s in this because he has certain ideological views.”

Most people would highly disagree with Reid on this statement since it’s puzzling that the owner of the world’s biggest land-based casino empire would hate internet gambling so much. Many people have speculated that he either worries that online gaming will take revenue/customers from his land-based casinos, or he doesn’t want his competitors gaining an edge through internet gaming.

Reid also doesn’t make a lot of sense here because he bashes the Koch brothers and their campaign donations while letting Adelson off the hook for trying to buy politicians like Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). It especially seems weird that Reid would miss a chance to rip Adelson since he’s been such a big supporter of online poker in the past, even authoring his own bills.

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