United for Care’s hypocritical attack on Sheldon Adelson

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In increasingly typical fashion, United for Care — the most vocal supporters of the medical marijuana initiative — took a hard swipe this morning at one of the opponents of Amendment 2, billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

In a press release titled “Gambling Mogul Adds Name to Anti-Amendment 2 Rogue’s Gallery,” United for Care categorized Adelson as a “questionable character” without the “moral standing” to get involved with “anything related to the health and well being of Floridians.”

What makes Adelson so “questionable,” according to United for Care, are his gambling interests.

Its press release says that Adelson “sits at the head of one of the biggest gambling empires in the world” and that “(g)ambling often leads to substance abuse, isolation from family and friends, financial strain, outright bankruptcy and sometimes even suicide.”

By now you get United for Care’s point. Sheldon Adelson is the bogeyman because he owns casinos.

Regardless of whether you agree with that logic, you know what the real problem is with United for Care’s argument?

Their main supporter, trial attorney, John Morgan also owns (or owned) a casino.

According to this profile of Morgan by Tampa Bay Times reporter Adam Smith, Morgan owns a piece of a Margaritaville casino in Biloxi (with his pal Jimmy Buffett).

Owning a slice of a single casino does not make someone a gambling mogul, but it certainly puts someone in the gambling business.

Knowing this, does United for Care think Morgan is a “questionable character?” Does United for Care think Morgan lacks “moral standing?”

These are questions United for Care should have to answer before they launch their next attack.

In the meantime, I don’t there’s a more clear case of the bong calling the kettle black.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.