Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino mogul and GOP mega-donor, reportedly referred to President Barack Obama as a "crybaby" last March, according to a profile of him in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
The remark occurred at a debate between National Jewish Democratic Council president and CEO David Harris and Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks on the Jewish vote in the 2012 election. TribeFest, a conference for young Jews, hosted the debate at the Adelson-owned Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.
Adelson reportedly asked the first question, and, according to the JTA, "went on to berate Harris for six minutes, describing President Obama as a 'crybaby' who should be in diapers."
Adelson sued the NJDC Wednesday for libel, seeking $60 million in damages. The suit concerns a petition that read that Adelson "personally approved of prostitution in his Macau casinos," citing an Associated Press article describing allegations made in a lawsuit by a fired former Sands executive. Adelson denies the allegations. The group took down the petition but said it stood by its claims.
The NJDC is not backing down from the lawsuit, saying they won't be "bullied into submission" or "silenced by power."
[The whole profile is worth a read, here.]
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