How I Went From Democrat to the GOP's Money Man
Sheldon Adelson explains his stance
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2012 1:58 PM CST
In this July 29, 2012, file photo, American businessman Sheldon Adelson, is seated before Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers a speech in Jerusalem.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Sheldon Adelson has made his opinion known this election season—mostly by writing gigantic checks. But the casino mogul and GOP super-donor spoke out in his own words in a Wall Street Journal op-ed today, explaining that he grew up as a Democrat. "Indeed, only liberal politicians campaigned in our underprivileged [Boston] neighborhood." Critics may believe he switched because he became wealthy "or because of some other conservative caricature," but he says the truth is he hasn't changed, "the Democratic Party has changed."

"There is now a visceral anti-Israel movement among rank-and-file Democrats," which was on full display when DNC delegates booed formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. What's more, "Democrats seem to have moved away from the immigrant values of my old neighborhood—in particular individual charity and neighborliness." Red states tend to give more than blue states, with liberals preferring to rely on flawed government programs to help the poor, he writes. In funding Republicans, Adelson thinks he's made the right choice—the one "my old immigrant Jewish neighbors would have made." Click for his full piece.

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wildeebeest
Nov 6, 2012 11:00 AM CST
This creep is trying hard to buy the election and not be prosecuted for criminal activity in his casino business. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/17/maddow-billionaire-gop-donor-sheldon-adelson-could-face-prosecution/
reallybig
Nov 5, 2012 11:08 PM CST
I did too. --- Yea, I did. -- I was a DEMON-crat, and switched to a Republican.
woodyTX
Nov 5, 2012 10:02 PM CST
Jews self identify as 45% Democrat and 16% Republican these days. They're not leaning to the right like Mr. Adelman. He says the Democratic Party left him but oddly the party did not leave many others of Jewish faith it seems. Jewish support for DEMS has been falling slightly but they are becoming independents not GOP. GOP suppot has been steady at just 16% for many years. Adelson talks of charity and neighborliness but spends millions bankrolling a divisive, hard line politician like Newt Gingrich who has shown no sympathy for anyone, let alone the poor and the needy. Why are these two bedfellows ? Because Newt was an ardent supporter of Israel and the blockade of gaza etc. For Adelson it's about Zionism, not about neighborliness or charity. For Newt it's about courting evangelicals and the rapturists whjich by definition means supporting Israel. I guess Adelson whether you like him or not, has some principles at least. Newt's just another puffed up political hack looking for votes. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/partyid.html