Posted: 9:28 am Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Nathan Deal goes to Vegas as rumors of Sheldon Adelson meeting swirl 

By Greg Bluestein

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is one of the GOP's biggest benefactors. AP Photo

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is one of the GOP’s biggest benefactors. AP Photo

Gov. Nathan Deal is in Las Vegas Sunday to address Republican National Lawyers Association. Left unsaid is whether he will also meet with one of his party’s biggest benefactors, Sheldon Adelson.

His team won’t confirm or deny whether the governor will huddle with the casino magnate or his representatives while at the conference at the Venetian Hotel, which Adelson owns.

But his allies have reason to believe that Adelson, who almost single-handedly floated Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, could chip in.

The billionaire has given tens of millions to pro-Israel groups over the years, and started a free daily newspaper in Israel known for hawkish views.

Deal has meanwhile steadily stepped up his support for Israel, including a June trade mission to the Holy Land and a recent an op-ed he wrote with former U.N. ambassador John Bolton on Georgia’s collaboration with the Israeli government. His office also said last week it was in the process of increasing the state’s investment in Israeli bonds.

But Deal’s allies privately say that an Adelson boost may hinge more on the governor’s opponent. Democrat Jason Carter is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, whose outspoken views on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians have upset many in the Jewish community.

The elder Carter recently wrote that Hamas, a militant group at the heart of Israel’s monthlong conflict with Gaza, should be recognized as a legitimate “political actor.” His grandson has tried to distance himself from those positions by, among other moves, issuing a white paper that opposes boycotts or divestiture movements against Israel.

We are told, by the way, that no matter the outcome of this weekend’s events, Deal is still opposed to the expansion of gaming.

The event is billed as the premiere training for Republican lawyers on election law and Deal is a keynote speaker. Meanwhile, Democrats poke fun at Deal’s appearance at the conference – which offers attorneys ethics credit for their continuing education requirements – with this purported “leaked” copy of his speech.

112 comments
chb417
chb417

Mr. Bluestein, 

You say this is a "purported "leaked" copy of his (Nathan Deal's) speech. It is not purported anything. It is a parody. You do the Democratic Party of Georgia a disservice when you say this.

DohBee
DohBee

There are two rings that Deal will be kissing...one on Adelson's finger and one that involves Adelson's Anatomy..Deal "brown-nosing" him in the deepest recesses of Adelsons' backside.

Charles50
Charles50

If it helps Deal out as much as it did Mitt Romney, I'd love to see him get money from Sheldon.

SomebodySaid
SomebodySaid

At least it will be amusing to watch and listen to conservative "moralists" reconcile that.

likeitis
likeitis

Atlanta needs and deserves a Casino where the Ted Turner Stadium now stands...Go for it Gov. .

ByteMe
ByteMe

So this is the reason Deal is so gung-ho on bringing up Hamas and Israel.  So he can get some money from a senile old rich guy.  Figures.

Jack_Republican
Jack_Republican

You go Gov Deal. Anything to keep the Democrats out of office.

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

There is absolutely nothing good that can be said about Nathan Deal. That he will jet cross-country to kiss the ring (and rear) of a shady gambling tycoon just shows how desperate and despicable this man truly is. He's dedicated his extremely long political career to keeping Georgia a backwoods state but he nevertheless always finds time to find new ways to prostitute his office for personal gain. What a disgrace.


Its time to vote Governor Dirt Bag out of office.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

1. The Koch Brothers should be miffed.  At least they own a business in GA and we know there is no chance of a casino in this bass ackward state.


2.  Adelson is  wealthy cuckoo, but not a crook.  On the other hand, rubbing shoulders with John Bolton is sickening because he is a slimy crook and mooching cuckoo. 






td1234
td1234

Well it is now past 11:00 in Georgia and no update as to if Deal actually sat down with Sheldon Adelson. I hope he did and we will soon be seeing millions in PAC money soon coming into the state. 

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Maybe the Governor wanted an autograph after seeing the picture. He may have mistaken the man for Sheckie Green or an alien extra in the new movie "Guardians of the Galaxy".

btn
btn

I was wondering what the Governors real reason for getting involved with Israel was, it certainly wasn't due to any closely held convictions...as he has none.


There isn't anything about this state that isn't up for sale to the highest bidder with Deal living in the governors mansion.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Gee, Greg. Now you've reworked the article title a third time to inject unwarranted drama into ... what's really a hum-drum story?

Been watching a little too much Game of Thrones, lately??

FirstDerivative
FirstDerivative

He is gone to kiss the the GOP bank president's ring.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Deal in bed with mobsters?  Sounds about right.  Maybe they will share a cell.  (What did that guy Adelson do to his hair?  Holy Mackerel, can't that guy afford regular hair dye?  Whew - I think it has an odor.).

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

New change of definition to Webster’s Dictionary:

Analogy

[uh-nal-uh-jee]

 Noun, [plural: analogies.}

 A similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based:

as with this analogy:

The close similarities between daily articles by the left-wing, liberals Jim Garrison and his two minions, and those of flies seeking a daily dump of fresh horsesh**..

GaBlue
GaBlue

Gov. Shady would rather be beholden to this money sac than the citizens of Georgia. No surprise here.

Kamchak
Kamchak

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/10/ga-candidate-black-female-opponent-cant-win-by-dusting-off-copies-of-the-color-purple/

The reference to the 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel by Steven Spielberg struck those in attendance as unusual at best, off-putting at worst. Cobb school board candidate Kenya Pierre told the Marietta Daily Journal that she had “no idea what VHS tapes or The Color Purple or anything has to do with bettering education for our children. To bring The Color Purple in, it makes me wonder: ‘What are you alluding to?’ Are you alluding to you want things to be back the way they were where slavery was dominant? Are you alluding to the fact that you don’t want diversity within your state where there was a separation of what African- Americans could do and could not do? I don’t know.”

CmdrR1962
CmdrR1962

 Conyers, Stone Mountain, and all the gold in Dahlonega... on red!

Enoch19
Enoch19

The reasons that Adelson suppers Deal will be a lot closer to what Georgians believe than what Michelle Nunn promised to her big New York and California funders.  I wonder if Nunn agrees with Jimmy Carter that Hamas is now a "legitimate actor"  Of course Nunn is trying to run for Senate without actually being for anything except "collaboration".  


We all saw what democrat "collaboration" looked like when the dems controlled both houses of congress and jammed Obamacare down our throats in the dead of night with bribes, threats and kickbacks.  

LostGoat
LostGoat

can nathan get credit on the house at the venetian?

Mr_B
Mr_B

I can imagine a rather lengthy exposition of the possibilities  inherent in absentee ballots.

NWGAL
NWGAL

I wondered why Deal made such a big deal out of that vacation trip to Israel. Now I know. He was trying to impress Mr. Money to open the check book up.


One thing is for sure - Deal will be good at explaining how to game the election laws to Republican lawyers.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@btn Yes, there is! Those Israel Bonds that the Governor is bragging about the State buying -- because they can't be sold (or transferred or even pledged).

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@FirstDerivative Sheldon is Hairy Reed's best friend.  Hairy would be disappointed in you for criticizing him.  Hairy says he is a fine fellow, and some of you think ole Hairy is a many of his word..



StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@MichaelHannigan Pipe dream: an unattainable fanciful hope or scheme.  This is what Nathan Deal is doing thinking he will peel off the Jewish vote from democrats.  They are pro healthcare and anti 1%.  Adelson vs Obama is pure horse s$!t.  

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MichaelHannigan 

 ...articles by the left-wing, liberals Jim Garrison...

First day of that brand new remedial reading comprehension class?

Just askin'.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Kamchak It's about states rights which gave us all of the above she referred to.  Jim Crow is dead and the GOP wants to bring it back with states rights.  It was a$$ backwards and hateful then and it will be no different now.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Kamchak

... But after admitting I don't know, I'm going to speculate in a politically provocative and irresponsible manner, anyway."

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@CmdrR1962 Not enough that's why Deal is chasing the Jewish vote that President Obama will deliver to Jason and Nunn wrapped in a pretty bow. He has won both elections with 80 and 70% of the Jewish vote.  

Cinesias
Cinesias

@Enoch19 You conservatives  just can't get enough of talking about how Democrats shove things down your throats.


The lady doth protest too much methinks.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Enoch19 "Obamacare"

Thanks to which, because of the new prohibitions on discrimination, I can retire early and build my small business. Hire a couple new employees, support Georgia infrastructure needs with a few more tax dollars.

Capitalism, with a little help from the government, is a wonderful thing.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Enoch19 

...and jammed Obamacare down our throats...

I have found that those who complain the most about having something jammed down their throats are the same ones who will swallow anything.

Just sayin'.

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Enoch19

"jammed Obamacare down our throats in the dead of night"


The dead of night lasted for months and months,did it?


And Hamas went through an election and won. Regardless of what they stand for,  they were elected and are  "legitimate actors"

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Enoch19 The Jewish community are pro healthcare the president got 70% of their vote based on this so my guess is you are speaking for  European Georgians not Jewish American Georgians. They rejected the Dems hate Israel over welmingly and decided healthcare is more important. Nathan Deal needs the Jewish vote because he has been informed that Dems get out to vote is enough to whoop his a$$, he's not going to get it though.  Jason Carter has President Obama.  Nice try but a bold face lie.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@NWGAL he gives him and his children another cookie jar to rob after the election because he sure as hell won't get the majority of votes.  Nathan Deals's ideology is anti Jewish that is why the President got 70% of their vote they are pro healthcare and anti 1%.

honested
honested

@RafeHollister @FirstDerivative 

Is there a contest for the most ridiculous, ignorant, wrong-wing post in a given 24 hours?

If so, how much is the prize, because rafe,Ed, and td should be wealthy in a few days.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@RafeHollister 

Sheldon is Hairy Reed's best friend. 

Got proof?

...and some of you think ole Hairy is a many[sic] of his word..

Got proof?

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@StraightNoChaser 

SNC - I believe you answered someone else's posting.  I didn't mention Deal or Adelson, and even less (really nothing) about Barry bin Obama.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak @MichaelHannigan Ask no longer Chuckie, as I don't know why I typed Garrison, however, I thought you might be more receptive to adding this new definition of analogy to your grammar school "My Weekly Reader" Dictionary...that is, it the word is not too complicated.

Ya think?

Cinesias
Cinesias

@Kamchak @Enoch19 Ever notice how much they like to describe it as Democrats jamming things down their throats?


I think they really like that phrase and analogy.


It's also the Official Talking Points that they receive from their Masters to repeat ad nauseum. You can tell because they all use the same phrase.


Hey, authoritarians are nothing if not good order takers.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@NWGAL Don't argue with the party who still has not conceded.  We elected the President to get it done so if he had to ram it down their throat offer a glass of water to chase it down but never apologize.  F them and feed em beans maybe this time they will choke.  ACA is the law of the land and it's not going anywhere.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@MichaelHannigan @StraightNoChaser I should have known you were off topic that's obvious with the babbling you were doing.  Stay focused.  Topic:  Nathan Deal goes to Vegas as rumors of Sheldon Adelson meeting swirl

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MichaelHannigan 

 ...as I don't know why I typed Garrison...

(shrug)

Don't care.

Do you always pay this kind of meticulous attention to detail?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@RafeHollister 

 use your google!

(shrug)

That may be how it works at the kids table, but it doesn't work here.

Your assertion, you provide proof.

It's not complicated.