So much for “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
For a handful of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates visiting Sin City this weekend, the doors are closed to the press and public — but the speakers very much want voters to know they are there.
Ostensibly, a parade of high-profile Republicans are streaming through Las Vegas for a four-day gathering hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition. But they’re also there for face time with casino magnate and GOP mega donor Sheldon Adelson, who is on the board of the coalition and whose Venetian casino is hosting the affair.
Being seen in Adelson’s company at this early stage is a political plus. The billionaire effectively bankrolled Newt Gingrich’s presidential run in 2012, and is poised to make another political gamble in 2016.
Among the first to arrive, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was honored Thursday at an exclusive gala in Adelson’s private Vegas airport hangar — a big deal for Bush, who is considering a White House run.
Other potential 2016 presidential contenders will be addressing the RJC in Vegas behind closed doors as well this weekend, including: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
SOURCE: Carl Cameron