Early in the month the Fox Business Network reported that casino mogul Steve Wynn has joined Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as an unofficial advisor. Wynn and Trump have been rivals in the casino industry in the past and the tower bearing Trump’s name is within view of the Wynn-Encore resort properties on the Las Vegas Strip.
But being a good businessman, Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, is apparently covering all the bases as it was announced this week that his Wynn-Encore casino complex would host the first Democratic presidential debate of the campaign.
Wynn says he and his staff are pleased at having the opportunity and said in a statement, “The staff of Wynn Resorts is comprised of more than 25,000 employees and their families. “Ours is a team of great diversity, representing every race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and political philosophy. To have the privilege of being intimately involved in the American political process by hosting this debate is a moment of great pride and excitement for all of us.”
CNN and the Democratic National Committee are scheduling the debate on Oct. 13. It’s the first of six planned matchups. Wynn owns the luxury high-rise Wynn Las Vegas and Encore resorts, as well as two hotel towers in Macau.
The Wynn hotels are opposite the Trump Hotel on the other side of the Las Vegas Strip and as of this week Trump is leading the lineup of personalities pursuing the Republican nomination.
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].