Obama loses a Crown


In 2008, Barack Obama rode onto the Jewish national scene with lots of Chicago Jewish cred — particular from the Pritzkers, a hotel family, and the Crowns, a family of financiers.

In a story today listing major backers in the city who have switched to Romney, the Washington Post counts among them Susan Crown and her husband, while noting that other members of the family still back Obama.

Crown says Israel policy gave her the push:

Susan Crown, a philanthropist and member of the billionaire Crown family, has switched sides from supporting Obama in 2008 to backing Romney now, although some of her relatives remain Obama supporters. Crown said in an interview that she was prompted to support Romney after Obama spoke in favor of a return to 1967 borders with land swaps as part of a potential Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.

“There are a lot of people here who are very disappointed in the president,” said Crown, who co-hosted a fundraiser for Romney last year with her husband. “Illinois is very important because it’s Barack Obama’s home state and it has a lot of independents. I’m an independent and I’m working as hard as I can for Mitt.”

Hat Tip: Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon, via Twitter.

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