The Mitt Romney campaign thought they had the perfect place staked
out for their fundraiser in London next week: an elegant home that
once belonged to famed American portrait artist John Singer Sargent.
The home now belongs to wealthy financier Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and
his wife, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a well-connected American
lawyer and entrepreneur.
But one major problem got in the way: the Lady joined up with one of
Romney’s rivals, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. She hosted a dinner for him last
week at another one of her homes, in New York, and says they raised
$1.2 million...She said she agreed to allow the [Romney] campaign to use her home several months ago, mostly as a personal favor to Woody Johnson, who is the owner of the New York Jets and one of Romney’s major fundraisers.
But Forester said she made clear that, while they could use her home, she would not make the maximum $2,500 contribution and she would not be supporting Romney.
“I feel sorry for Mitt Romney,” she said. “I think Mitt Romney has the Al Gore problem, which is that he’s perfect on paper but he does not connect with people and I don’t think there’s anything he can do.”
“And I think his flip-flopping is not a good thing,” she added. “He’s made too many Faustian bargains and we need somebody who stands up for what they believe. I think Obama would roll him…I don’t think he can beat Obama.”