But Deal’s allies privately say that an Adelson boost may hinge more on the governor’s opponent. Democrat Jason Carter is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, whose outspoken views on Israel's treatment of Palestinians have upset many in the Jewish community.
The elder Carter recently wrote that Hamas, a militant group at the heart of Israel's monthlong conflict with Gaza, should be recognized as a legitimate "political actor." His grandson has tried to distance himself from those positions by, among other moves, issuing a white paper that opposes boycotts or divestiture movements against Israel.
We are told, by the way, that no matter the outcome of this weekend's events, Deal is still opposed to the expansion of gaming.
The event is billed as the premiere training for Republican lawyers on election law and Deal is a keynote speaker. Meanwhile, Democrats poke fun at Deal's appearance at the conference - which offers attorneys ethics credit for their continuing education requirements - with this purported "leaked" copy of his speech.