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Jewish GOP group hosts governors, billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson



Half a dozen Republican governors, including S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, spoke as part of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Salute to Republican Governors” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Westshore.

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO and Republican donor, sat in the front row of the event but did not speak. Journalists, and two plates of cookies, were cordoned off by velvet ropes.

The coalition has a $6.5 million outreach campaign in the Jewish community that includes an anti-Obama Web site.

Several of the governors blasted Obama’s relationship with Israel. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said the only way to promote democracy in Israel is “to end the term of President Barack Obama.”

Haley told the audience of roughly 100 people that the Jewish community was doing a better job of mobilizing its people to vote Republican than hers. “I’m struggling to get the Indian community to understand we really are Republicans,” she said.

--Jodie Tillman, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 6:50pm]


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