Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"This Is What Democracy Looks Like"


CAMPAIGN 2008
October 7 Dem group backing McCain
Prominent Hillary Clinton supporter helps open Democrats for McCain headquarters in Scranton.
BILL O ’ BOYLE boboyle@timesleader.com
SCRANTON – A major supporter of Hillary Clinton and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, on Monday said the Democratic Party has nominated “the worst candidate” while Republicans have nominated the best.
Lynn Forester de Rothschild helped open the Democrats for McCain headquarters on Main Avenue in West Scranton. About 30 supporters turned out to welcome de Rothschild and speak out for the Republican ticket.
“What it came down to was that I decided I love my country more than my party,” de Rothschild said, explaining her support of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin. “I’m really worried. I do not want (Obama) in the White House.”
De Rothschild, 54, said she sees Northeast Pennsylvania – specifically Luzerne and Lackawanna counties – as the key to winning Pennsylvania’s 21 electoral votes. And, she said, whoever wins Pennsylvania will likely become the next president.
“Barack Obama has never had the mandate of Democrats,” she said. “And Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi ignored the 18 million people that voted for Hillary Clinton. They can’t be surprised at the 5 million to 7 million Clinton supporters who are now supporting McCain.”
One organization – PUMA, which stands for Party Unity My Ass – has more than 5 million members across the country, she said. Jamie Brazil, a longtime friend of the Clintons and the Rodham family, is serving as national director of Citizens for McCain. Brazil accompanied de Rothschild on her Scranton visit.
Brazil and his wife, Dee, will be godparents to Simon Rodham, son of Tony and Megan Rodham at his baptism Oct. 12 in Scranton. Tony Rodham is Hillary Clinton’s brother. The Clintons will attend the post-baptism brunch at the Brazil home in Scranton.
No announcement has been made regarding a possible pro-Obama event while the Clintons are in Scranton.
“I’m here in Scranton because this is one of two counties in Pennsylvania -- Luzerne being the other – that will determine who will be our next president,” de Rothschild said. “I want that to be John McCain.”
Carol Oleski is director of the Democrats for McCain office. Judy O’Connor is assisting Oleski and has taken a strong stand for McCain.
“Hillary supporters are way past the anger stage,” O’Connor said. “We are supporting McCain because we feel after Hillary, he is the most qualified candidate for president.”
O’Connor said most Clinton supporters who have come over to the McCain side feel the Democratic Party threw the New York senator “under the bus.” She said the Democratic “good ol’ boys club” didn’t want a woman to be president.
“We find McCain to be honest and genuine,” O’Connor said. “We don’t trust Sen. Obama; we don’t feel he is qualified for the job. He has walked down many hallways, but he hasn’t left many footprints.”
A self-made multimillionaire who is married to British royalty, de Rothschild has called Obama an elitist. She splits her time living in London and New York and was one of Clinton’s top fundraisers, bringing in more than $100,000 for the campaign.
De Rothschild built a multimillion-dollar telecommunications company before marrying international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.

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