Sheldon Adelson, the Republican Party’s main money man, said today the nomination (and likely confirmation) of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary is “shameful” because of his “associations” and because he is “anti-Semitic.”
When I asked Las Vegas Sands Chairman Adelson, whom I had an impromptu chat with at his office this afternoon before lunching with a friend of his, how upset he was that the Hagel nomination is moving forward, he replied with one word: “Very.”
He then launched into a mini-rant about Hagel, saying he can’t believe “this president” would have chosen someone who had made some of the statements he has made. Later, Adelson wryly suggested that after Hagel is confirmed, “He’s going to convert to Judaism” to show good faith. Then, Adelson added, “He’ll move to Israel.”
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