All Sheldon Adelson wants is latkes

September 24, 2012

What does billionaire GOP donor Sheldon Adelson want from a Mitt Romney presidency? The New York Times editorial board has speculated that the casino mogul is hoping to be freed from federal investigations. Others report that he's pushing for the release of an Israeli spy. But in an interview with Politico, Adelson cleared things up -- he just wants potato pancakes. Two of them. 

Adelson said he recently told Romney: “I want to tell you something: I’m not looking for an ambassadorship. I’m not looking for anything, except if I’m fortunate enough to be invited to another [White House] Hanukkah party, I want two potato pancakes, because last time I was there, they ran out of them.” He explained that he went “to all the Hanukkah parties for the eight years of Bush … but the last time I was there, they ran out of … latkes.”

That actually makes total sense. Potato pancakes are delicious. 

Also, Adelson has so much money that he can't remember whether he gave Newt Gingrich $5 million or $10 million. (It was $7.5 million; his wife gave an additional $12.5 million.)

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · September 24, 2012