Marco Rubio Under Fire For Backing Sheldon Adelson’s Gambling Bill
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is well known for having deep pockets when it comes to supporting political candidates that toe the line. It was reported that he spent over $100 million in the 2012 presidential race with his backing of Mitt Romney.
His anti-online gambling stance and attempts to pass legislation to would halt the spread of online gambling in the U.S. are well documented. This week one of his staunchest supports and presidential candidate Marco Rubio was grilled by journalists as to his enthusiasm to sponsor a bill that Adelson has been pushing for.
The Florida Senator had been aggressively seeking the support and endorsement of Adelson as the presidential race heats up. Rubio signed in as a co-sponsor if the bill on Wednesday which got many asking the obvious question as to where his true intentions lie. Rubio himself was quick to deny the claims that his sponsorship of the bill was an attempt to gain favor in Adelson’s eyes. He was adamant and said,” People buy into my agenda. I don’t buy into theirs. When I run for office, I tell people where I stand … My stands are not influenced by my contributors; I hope my stands influence my contributors.”
He went on to state that his anti-gambling stance is not new and goes back to when he was Speaker of the Florida State House. Cynics are quick to point out that Rubio in the past was critical of Las Vegas yet recently he has had a change of heart.
He said “Vegas is Lad Vegas”. They have a right in Las Vegas to have any gambling they want. They have laws. They have legislators. They can vote on what they want or don’t want. In Florida, I have a long history of opposing expansion of gambling. When you talk about online gambling, that comes into Florida. That is potentially people, including young people, who are going to go online and gamble and lose money. I just don’t believe that’s the right approach for our country.”