BREAKING: Key Hispanic $500K Hillraiser Defects To Obama Over Tone

This doesn't bode well for Hillary's future prospects:

NBC News has learned that a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, former [Clinton Administration] Amb. to Chile Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon is leaving the campaign to join up Barack Obama's campaign. Officially dubbed a "Hillraiser," Guerra-Mondragon raised nearly $500,000 for Clinton's campaign, according to some estimates. He has been informing people inside Clintonworld this week in what's been described as some tough conversations. A formal announcement of a role for Guerra-Mondragon on Obama's national finance committee will be made next week.

This could easily resonate in Puerto Rico.  More on Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon:

In addition to his foreign service experience, Ambassador Guerra-Mondragón is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a former member of the Puerto Rican Legal and Education Defense Fund; and a member of the Puerto Rico Bar Association.

He is the grandson of Miguel Guerra Mondragón, who was a very well-known local attorney and politician.

The reason for the defection is pretty clear.

Among the reasons for Guerra-Mondragon to defect, according to one informed source, was he was uneasy with the tone of the Clinton campaign and was beginning to worry about what this would mean for the general election.

The latest Rasmussen PA Poll certainly echoes the effects of Hillary's Campaigning Strategy

What a difference two weeks of intense campaigning can make. The final two weeks of campaigning in the Pennsylvania Primary may not have changed the outcome of the Democratic race, but it helped John McCain in the Keystone State.

Two weeks ago, in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton enjoyed a nine-point lead over McCain and Barack Obama had an eight-point edge over the Republican hopeful. Now, however, Clinton's lead is down to five points and Obama trails McCain by a point.

Democrats, even Hillary Supporters, have to wake up to the fact that this process is anything but helpful.  And One wonders if these sorts of defections will begin to make a bigger splash in the news.  There are Committed superdelegates, and then there are Hillraisers. I'd argue a Hillraiser is about as close to Hardcore as they come, and for such a high level prominent one to defect at this point, well, it doesn't bode well for Hillary... Not when Obama is essentially starting his General Election campaign by Registering Voters and Fundraising for the DNC. He'll also take on Fox News Sunday.

We are clear-eyed about Fox''s role in the dissemination and amplification of Republican talking points this election. They have been the tip of the spear when it comes to repeatedly broadcasting some of the most specious of rumors about Obama. He is going on their Sunday show to take Fox on, not because we have any illusion about their motives or politics in this election.

I'm going to be sure to tune in, I hope you'll join me.

PS: Be sure to watch Obama's Interview today Live with the Indianapolis Star, starting at 3PM EST.

NOTE: This was originally posted by Steven R over at The Orange One.

Tags: Barack Obama, Fundraisers, Hillary Clinton (all tags)



Is this the strategy now?

If Obama gets the nomination, they know he is certain to lose, so they are blaming everything bad that happens to Obama on Clinton?  Wow.  If Democrats think Clinton is being mean to Obama, just wait for the GOP.

by linc 2008-04-25 11:16AM | 0 recs
Let me save you all some time.

If Obama gets the nomination, they know he is certain to lose...

Here's where you can stop reading.

by McNasty 2008-04-25 11:19AM | 0 recs
Will you vote for Obama if he gets the nom?

by dystopianfuturetoday 2008-04-25 11:20AM | 0 recs
If you are going to ask such asinine questions

you should probably answer the implied reversal first.

by linc 2008-04-25 11:27AM | 0 recs
We'll take that as a "no."

Not surprising, since a convention floor fight over delegates and credentialing is your wet dream.

by McNasty 2008-04-25 11:31AM | 0 recs
How assuming can you get?

You and the commenter above are just as much loyalists to your candidate as I am to mine.  Is arrogance a common trait among Obama supporters, or is it just you two?

by linc 2008-04-25 11:33AM | 0 recs
It's a yes or no question.

I've said several times I'll vote for Senator Clinton if she somehow is the nominee.  I find her campaign disgusting, but I think she's overall had an heroic life and should be a role model for many.

Either one can and will win, and you can hogtie me before I'd vote for McSame.

See, it's not hard.

by McNasty 2008-04-25 11:35AM | 0 recs
Barack Obama
is the most disingenuous, duplicitous, and self-centered politicians I have ever seen.  I would call him a perfect example of a political con artist.  I find him absolutely disgusting.

It has never crossed my mind not to vote for him if he is the nominee.  

The question is still asinine.  
by linc 2008-04-25 11:38AM | 0 recs
by GeorgeP922 2008-04-25 11:50AM | 0 recs
who are you, Cenk Uygur's publicist?  A cynical Buddha by chance?  

George, can I call you George?  From my experience in life, its those so willing to offer unsolicited advise that need it the most.  Good luck dod.
by linc 2008-04-25 12:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Ha!

Um yes I am, check out the credits to the show.

I am Senior producer.

Whats it to you?

Do you disagree?

If so, check out the crosspost.

by GeorgeP922 2008-04-25 12:07PM | 0 recs
That's some strong Kool-aid, Cletus.

If you say so.  (I try to avoid personal slurs--it's Senator Clinton's recent conduct I find alarming, not her as a person.)

The question is actually quite important, given the large percentage of Clinton supporters in previous polls who claimed they would switch to McCain rather than support our nominee.  In addition, the implausible level of vitriol you bring to this makes it a salient question.

by McNasty 2008-04-25 12:05PM | 0 recs
Did it ever occur to you

that those persons supporting Clinton were never going to support Obama in the first place?  Did it ever occur to you that Obama's base support is really, truly just made up of party activists?  There are a lot of ways to read polls, poll ways of reading those polls you mention are frightening if Obama gets the nomination.

by linc 2008-04-25 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Did it ever occur to you

Those Damn party activists,  what do they REALLY do?

All they do is spend all their free time and money getting people to finally stop voting against their self interests.

What bastards, why don't they just leave our Grand Old Democratic Party and go to the republicans?

by GeorgeP922 2008-04-25 12:12PM | 0 recs
Re: How assuming can you get?

One could then ask, are all Hillary supporters suffering from low self esteem??

by venician 2008-04-25 12:00PM | 0 recs

did you really just write 'wet dream'?  Are you in Jr. High yet or did they hold you back again?

by linc 2008-04-25 11:34AM | 0 recs
Good one!

I could have used "fantasy," but it's bland.  I'm sorry if the phrase offended you.

by McNasty 2008-04-25 11:37AM | 0 recs

I'll vote for Hillary if she wins the most pledged delegates.

by Travis Stark 2008-04-25 12:00PM | 0 recs
I somehow doubt

that you ever planned to vote for her.

by linc 2008-04-25 12:11PM | 0 recs
Re: I somehow doubt

I sure as hell would vote for her,  she might be a weak politician with a short career for her age but why the hell would I vote for McCain who guarantees to intentionally sink my country further and further down the gutter.

Why would I vote for a person that will cause my fellow citizens to die and dollars to leave my pocket and that of my future kin?

The same question should be posed to you in reverse, would you vote for McCain?

by GeorgeP922 2008-04-25 12:17PM | 0 recs
Re: I somehow doubt

Certainly I planned to vote for her.  If she wins the majority of pledged delegates.

by Drummond 2008-04-25 12:19PM | 0 recs
I firmly commit that if she wins the most pledged

delegates I'll vote for her in the general, and I'll do it in a pink bunny suit, take pictures, and post them here on MyDD.

However, if she doesn't win the most pledged delegates, and steals the nomination, I'll write in Obama.

by Travis Stark 2008-04-25 12:19PM | 0 recs
Re: I firmly commit that if she wins the most pled

See Travis, thats a completely logical response.

You are a democrat and will vote for the elected nominee.

Wow, that wasn't so hard now was it?

by GeorgeP922 2008-04-25 12:25PM | 0 recs
How, in your own mind, is my question asinine?

by dystopianfuturetoday 2008-04-25 04:19PM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Key Hispanic $500K Hillraiser Defect

Ouch - that is gonna hurt.

by interestedbystander 2008-04-25 11:20AM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Key Hispanic $500K Hillraiser Defect

" If Democrats think Clinton is being mean to Obama, just wait for the GOP."

Their concern is not that Obama is being hurt (polls show he hasn't been), but that the Clinton and Democratic brands are being degraded.

by rhetoricus 2008-04-25 11:20AM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Key Hispanic $500K Hillraiser Defect
It's amazing how some people don't get what you said, but also how Obama is hampered from really letting loose on Hillary because he needs her votes. Hillary knows she can't win so trying to win over Obama votes is an afterthought, hence the kitchen sink strategy.
If by some weird miracle she blows him out in Indiana, I would expect her rhetoric will soften up so she can appeal to Obama's independents......    
by xodus1914 2008-04-25 03:45PM | 0 recs
This is diaried

in the one just previous to this.

by Student Guy 2008-04-25 11:21AM | 0 recs
Re: This is diaried

Yah.. but not quite as well :^)

by baghdadjoe 2008-04-25 11:45AM | 0 recs
Re: BREAKING: Key Hispanic $500K Hillraiser Defect

Smacks of opportunism.

by Dave B 2008-04-25 11:34AM | 0 recs
I totally agree.

There was a diary just like this right below it.  How opportunistic.

by McNasty 2008-04-25 11:38AM | 0 recs

He must have just become be a sexist or something.

by notme54 2008-04-25 11:39AM | 0 recs

Thats it, because remember a vote against Hillary is a vote against the whole history of Women's suffrage.

by GeorgeP922 2008-04-25 11:51AM | 0 recs

Or an elitist.

by Drummond 2008-04-25 12:20PM | 0 recs
Re: look it up if you dont believe me

That's what I meant my my "smacks of opportunism" comment above.  I think my meaning was lost on the person who responded to me...

by Dave B 2008-04-25 11:49AM | 0 recs
Re: look it up if you dont believe me

God you guys are desperate, Grendel show me some evidence that you didn't like this guy before today.

Did you write any diaries saying how dissapointed you were with him being on the staff anytime in the last 18 months.

Thats what I thought.

by GeorgeP922 2008-04-25 11:52AM | 0 recs
Great point

Maybe Grendel would be kind enough to provide us with a list of all the Clinton backers who aren't worth a f*ck so when the defections happen we will have something to cross check on.

by notme54 2008-04-25 12:16PM | 0 recs
Re: look it up if you dont believe me

Sure, it really makes sense to comment on someone who in no way shape or form in the news before today.

Provide a link, prove it.


by Dave B 2008-04-25 12:53PM | 0 recs
Impressive story

which I'm sure you told the Clintions, asking them to Reject and Denounce Gabe..

by nextgen 2008-04-25 12:33PM | 0 recs
Key Hispanic $500K Hillraiser Defects To Obama

Baldy is gonna call him Judas, just give it a day or two.

by venavena 2008-04-25 04:27PM | 0 recs


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