Reporting from Las Vegas — In Las Vegas, there’s always a way to make a quick buck. Craps. Keno. And this week, presidential campaigns.
As the Republican candidates descended on Sin City in advance of Saturday’s caucuses, Tommy Dastamanis was there waiting with a folding table and a trunk full of merchandise. The 28-year-old was laid off by a Florida resort a year ago. Unable to find work, he’s been trailing the campaigns since Iowa, selling buttons, bumper stickers and T-shirts – promoting the candidate of the moment.
Earlier this week, it was Mitt Romney at an evening rally. “Three for 10,” he shouted to supporters, shining a flashlight on a table full of buttons. One read: “Silly Democrat. Paychecks Are For Work.”
Dastamanis is, of course, a Democrat, a fact that he whispered to a reporter while counting a large roll of dollar bills.