Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's coyness about his political ambitions will have to take a back seat this week when he and three other presidential aspirants head to Las Vegas for the "Sheldon Primary."
That's what many are calling the spring meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, owned by casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson.
"Certainly the ‘Sheldon Primary’ is an important primary for any Republican running for president,” former White House press secretary and current RJC board member Ari Fleischer told the Washington Post. “It goes without saying that anybody running for the Republican nomination would want to have Sheldon at his side.”
An anonymous "senior" Republican strategist told the Post that the presidential hopefuls "are just falling at his feet.”
“It’s a bunch of people out scrounging for the same dollars, and Sheldon represents the largest or second-largest box of money,” the strategist said.
With the Koch brothers money as well as Adelson's, Walker should have quite a bankroll to run for president. But he isn't the only one kowtowing to the gaming king.
“He doesn’t want a crazy extremist to be the nominee,” Adelson friend Victor Chaltiel told the Post. “He wants someone who has the chance to win the election, who is reasonable in his positions, who has convictions but is not totally crazy.”
Besides Walker, the lineup of non-crazies this week includes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
That certainly implies other potential candidates are looney.