April 25th, 2008
11:25 PM ET
15 years ago

Major Clinton fundraiser switches to Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/25/art.hillary.ap.jpg caption="Clinton lost a big fundraiser to Obama."](CNN) - A “Hillraiser” – a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton – said Friday he had defected to Barack Obama’s campaign. The official announcement will be made next week.

Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon – who served as ambassador to Chile during the Clinton administration – had raised close to half a million dollars for Clinton’s campaign, reports Chuck Todd, who broke the story.

"We're just bleeding each other out," Guerra-Mondragon told the Washington Post. "Looking at it as coldly as I can, I just don't see how Senator Clinton can overcome Senator Obama with delegates and popular votes. I want this fight to be over, the quicker the better."

He added that leaving the Clinton campaign for Obama's "was a very, very difficult decision for me to make. I am an old and longtime friend of Senator Clinton. And I continue to think she is a fantastic and formidable person. But I am first of all a Democrat."

soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. Janet

    The more I read all of the hate coming from the Obama camp, the more it reinforces my decision to vote for Hillary. It's so very sad to know that McCain will come out the winner, because of the hard feelings created by the Obama people. It's just not me that feels this way. I own a business in New Jersey and talk alot with my customers about this election, and the majority of them, hard working people feel like I do. Either they are not going to vote at all or they will vote for McCain. God help me but I never thought when this campaign started that I would even think of voting for McCain, but I just can't bring myself to vote for someone that has no experience and never seems to answer a question, he reminds me too much of George W. "I'm the Uniter, not he Diveder". God Bless America

    April 25, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Confused In DC

    Hey Susan MO, first you're 'Strongly for Hillary Clinton', then you're saying Go Obama, would you make up your mind, please?

    April 25, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Tommy

    Looks like someone else who is sick of Hillary and Bill's gutter politics. They are using the same tactics that Bush/Rove/Cheney used in 2000 and 2004. Do we really need these kinds of sleazy politicians running our country? Say no to same old, same old Bush-Clinton politics in America!

    April 25, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. john H

    You know I really don't care about either of this campaigns but is there such thing as loyalty and honor anymore? Would these same people defect to another country at war simply because the other side is winning?

    If I was Obama I would be very skeptical to accept these people on my team, considering I would have such good judgment 🙂

    April 25, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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