Forward Thinking

Adelsons Get Touchy

By Seth Berkman

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Sheldon Adelson is famously publicity shy, but his daughter may have taken things a bit too far at the Republican National Convention.

Shelley Adelson confronted a producer for the liberal Democracy Now show after he tried to question the casino billionaire dad about his massive donations to GOP causes.

The younger Adelson allegedly grabbed producer Eric Burke’s camera and tossed it to the ground during a heated dispute outside Adelson’s private suite at the convention.

Burke told Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman that Sheldon Adelson was in a wheelchair, being taken to his suite, followed by GOP kingmaker Karl Rove. Burke approached Adelson and asked his thoughts on the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket, to which Adelson replied, “No comment.”

Burke’s follow-up question, “How much money are you going to spend on this election?” was met with resistance by Adelson’s daughter and a handler, who tried to stop Burke from walking any further next to Adelson.

Video on Democracy Now’s web site shows a camera being thrown to the ground shortly after this exchange. Adelson’s daughter later apologized to Burke, according to the show.


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