Embarrassed Democrats Apologize to Adelson for 'Chinese Prostitution' Comments

Thursday, 02 Aug 2012 09:49 PM

By Patrick Hobin

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee apologized to prominent GOP donor and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson after he threatened to sue over comments the organization made regarding his resorts, The Hill reported.

The comments by the committee insinuated that Adelson profited from prostitution at his Chinese resorts.

"In press statements issued on June 29 and July 2, 2012, the DCCC made unsubstantiated allegations that attacked Sheldon Adelson, a supporter of the opposing party," the DCCC said in an e-mail, according to The Hill.

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"This was wrong. The statements were untrue and unfair and we retract them. The DCCC extends its sincere apology to Mr. Adelson and his family for any injury we have caused."

The controversial committee statement seized on an Associated Press story to assert that Adelson "personally approved of prostitution and knew of other improper activity at his company's properties."

Another statement from the committee’s spokesman Jesse Ferguson said, "It's past time for House Republicans to reject the support of these groups funded by foreign money from a Chinese prostitution strategy,” The Hill reported.

"We are gratified that the DCCC has acknowledged its error," Ron Reese, a spokesman for Adelson said in response to the DCCC's apology, according to the Washington Post. "More broadly, this should serve notice to those who would attempt to smear Mr. Adelson by repeating the false and inflammatory statements of a fired employee -- that this is a very slippery slope."

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