Of course he says that.
Adelson would defeat his purposes if he said, “I want Newt to keep the Christians and/or Federal government away from my gambling empire.”
ABC News is at least looking into the matter. According to a report from ABC late yesterday, an unnamed source reportedly close to Adelson told ABC News that
Mr. Adelson is “puzzled” by the attention the recent Super PAC gift has received.
The source told ABC News that Adelson wants nothing in return.
Adelson has given over $7 million to Gingrich’s non-profit organizations since the mid-1990s. As I noted yesterday, Gingrich was cozy with the gambling industry during his time as Speaker of the House. On one occasion, he was instrumental in weakening a commission that investigated the gambling industry.
The ABC report is a bit odd. Why wasn’t the source named? Why did ABC News not interview the Gingrich campaign? How about asking some of Gingrich’s religious right supporters about how they feel about gambling profits being the main lifeblood of their family values candidate.
This denial only raises more questions.