GOP megadonor and Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson is reportedly breaking with former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon and switching his support to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over Bannon’s push to challenge Republican incumbents in 2018, The Hill reports.
“The Adelsons will not be supporting Steve Bannon’s efforts. They are supporting Mitch McConnell 100 percent. For anyone to infer anything otherwise is wrong,” spokesman Andy Abboud told Politico in a report published Monday.
Bannon has been courting possible donors to contribute to his efforts to unseat members whom he sees as part of the Republican establishment, The Hill adds. According to sources close to Bannon, Adelson’s decision is not a surprise, as the business mogul has a “history of supporting mainstream Republicans instead of outsiders.”
The report comes after Bannon reportedly spoke at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner on Sunday night, a group which is largely funded by Adelson. However, Adelson and his wife Miriam did not attend the event. A source close to the couple told Politico that Adelson partly did not show because he feared a joint appearance with the nationalist could be misconstrued as an endorsement of his 2018 efforts. Last month, Bannon said he is looking to challenge every sitting Republican senator except Senator Ted Cruz, telling Fox’s Sean Hannity that “no one is safe.” The Hill notes.