The National Jewish Democratic Council isn’t backing down from statements it made about prostitution allegations in a Macau casino owned by Republican billionaire Sheldon Adelson.
Adelson took legal action against the NJDC after successfully extracting an apology from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
The NJDC, on the other hand, isn’t going quietly. Their full statement:
We will not be bullied into submission, and we will not be silenced by power. This is not Putin’s Russia, and in America, political speech regarding one of the most well-known public figures in our country is a fundamental right. One would think the person making greatest use of the Citizens United ruling would understand this. To be sure, referencing mainstream press accounts examining the conduct of a public figure and his business ventures — as we did — is wholly appropriate. Indeed, it is both an American and a Jewish obligation to ask hard questions of powerful individuals like Mr. Adelson, just as it is incumbent upon us to praise his wonderful philanthropic endeavors.
We know that we were well within our rights, and we will defend ourselves against this SLAPP suit as far and as long as necessary. We simply will not be bullied, and we will not be silenced.