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Friday, April 25, 2008

"Hillraiser" and Clinton Ambassador Defects to Obama

Wham. This is seriously big news. A major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, former Ambassador to Chile Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon is leaving the campaign to join up Barack Obama's campaign.

Here's what MSNBC had to say:

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. Guerra-Mondragon was appointed Amb. to Chile by Pres. Clinton in '94 and served until '98.

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. [um, ya think!? :) ]

In addition, Guerra-Mondragon's defection could serve as a tipping point with some key Hispanic Democratic leaders that Obama is ready to start making a bigger effort to court Hispanics.