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. Adam

    The more people that support(ed) Hillary that now defect to Obama are spineless and have no principals to stand on. Every person that does this just makes the Hillary supporters more angry and less likely to support the rock star, Obama. The appeal will be lost, obama will lose in November. I laugh at all the kiddies who think otherwise.

    April 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. M.E.M Kansas city

    Yes,Yes,Yes !

    April 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. BTHogan

    "If he were a true Democrat first like he says, then he would realize that Obama is attracting blacks and young people, while not the rest of the true democratic base."

    I'm a 40-year-old white male wage earner, and I just voted for Obama.

    April 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Susan MO

    Wonderful news!

    GO OBAMA '08

    April 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Frank, Missouri

    Hillary said "The tide is turning!" .... For once you spoke the truth, Billary!

    April 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Arnold

    A very honorable thing to do.

    OBAMA '08

    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Stephannie Minneapolis

    For shame...

    It's amazing that with all of the tabloid news stories being spun out of control about Sen. Obama, Clinton's surrogates and supporters cannot seem to help but switch their allegiance to the Illinois senator. What in the hayfever is going on in that campaign that is making so many people jump ship? It could be the realization that the ship is a sinking one. There's no sense in re-arranging the deck chairs if you're going down.

    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Joe Ossai

    You have to be a complete idiot not to realize that this lady is campaigning for 2012. She has no chance of getting the nomination but she still wants to be President. Her best shot is for Obama to lose
    and she will come back in 4 years and win.

    This lady is a complete Joke, she better be careful because her senate seat maybe in trouble because of the crap she and her husband is pulling.


    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Babbs

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. It's time for this "Democratic Circus" to cease!! The Clintons will destroy the Party if the Superdelegates don't stop them. Enough is enough and no more debates.

    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. divider

    Well... just look at the democratic party and see how Obama has united all of us.

    Obama is a sad sick joke pulled on the democrats.

    Now we will once again lose in Nov- will we never learn to nominate an electable candidate?

    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Bob Centreville Va

    Keep this one very very close !!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Paul

    There are still dumb people out there

    Hillary will be our President!!!

    In the mean time, Obama can take intensive mentoring 102 with Pastor Wright

    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Karen in Cape Cod

    Hillary doesn't need "Old and long time friends" like you!

    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Another joins the Cult of Obama.

    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. gdouglas

    i would like to see what type of appointment this person is going to get. Is this a racial decision or is it made on who is the best candidate? Was this person pressured by anyone from the Obama camp tp defect. In closing with a friend like this no one needs enemies

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Oregon is Obama

    Drip drip drip ......... it is starting to be a little painful watching the Cinton legacy go down the tubes , but at least there scandals will soon be a thing of the past.

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. naliakar nalia



    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Millie Bea

    so ironic-

    You drank the kool-aid, didn't you?

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |



    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Frank from Portland Oregon

    As a West coast Democrat clinging to my technology and latte's, It doesn't really matter. I will not (including my close friends) support Obama-nation in a general election. If Hillary doesn't obtain the nomination, I would rather vote for the last and only remaining Democrat... Nader!

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. A.J.

    I like the move, I wish Hillary would wake up and smell the coffee, Obama is a strong General Election nominee, and this is coming from an Independent, I feel sorry for Senator Clinton, who took Obama so lightly when this all started 14 months ago, this nomination was hers all the way, and she blew it, there is no one to blame but herself, I just wish Obama could have one the Texas Primary, even though he did win the caucus, and netted more delegates, because this would have been over, President Clinton even said so.

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Black Republican, New York, New York

    People say Obama cannot win the General Election, but Hillary can. Then doesn't Hillary first have to get past Obama? This is what the latest superdelegate is pointing out, and the sooner other superdelegates realize this and switch their support for Obama, the greater the opportunity for a striaight fighet between Obama dn McCain. Hillary is behaving like a spolier and a spolied brat. She is the one who failed to close the deal on Super Tuesday (February5th) despite her promise last December.

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Rosalynd Florida

    Not surprising. The Democratic Primary is over. Too bad Clinton and the media are deluding themselves.

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. ner

    It seems that Obama is spying on Clinton, there could be an insider who are working underground to recruit Clinton's team..

    From the sound of it these people are working for their own interest, may they've got a better deal with Obama.

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Hillary supporters are nuts!

    Hillary supporters are calling this guy a traiter because he's doing what he thinks is best for the country.

    Negative spin just like your woman Hillary pro NAFTA, pro columbia trade agreement...completely out of touch!

    If Obama loses the general election it will only be due to the DUMB Hillary suporters staying home or voting McCain. And not doing what is best for their country.

    And you call Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon a traiter. GET REAL Hillary supporters. What color is your sky?

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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