September 16th, 2008
10:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Prominent Clinton backer and Dem donor to endorse McCain

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A prominent backer of Hillary Clinton is endorsing McCain.
A prominent backer of Hillary Clinton is endorsing McCain.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.

The announcement will take place at a news conference on Capitol Hill, just blocks away from the DNC headquarters. Forester will “campaign and help him through the election,” the spokesman said of her plans to help the Republican presidential nominee.

Forester was a major donor for Clinton earning her the title as a Hillraiser for helping to raise at least $100,000 for the New York Democratic senator’s failed presidential bid.

In an interview with CNN this summer, Forester did not hide her distaste for eventual Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

“This is a hard decision for me personally because frankly I don't like him,” she said of Obama in an interview with CNN’s Joe Johns. “I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.”

Forester is the CEO of EL Rothschild, a holding company with businesses around the world. She is married to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. Forester is a member of the DNC’s Democrats Abroad chapter and splits her time living in London and New York.


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  1. me

    when some people will realize that if someone does not like Obama it is not necessarily for his color or gender. It is because he is just simply not appealing to that person, and that that person does not like the way he talks, what he says etc. And vice versa. It applies to the others too.
    No one in world is entitled to be liked by anyone, or hated by everyone.
    There is a freedom of choice here, isn't it? SO why to be outraged if someone dares to not to like the person you like?

    September 16, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  2. Phil

    Someone named "Lynn Forester de Rothschild" is using the term "elitist." Irony much?

    September 16, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. Me

    Get lost, you're obviously backing candidates for the WRONG REASONS! Hillary? Now Palin? Hmmmm...

    September 16, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. Barney

    Racist, I say, Racist. Feminine racist.

    Lives in London and New York? Who is she calling elitist? Sounds like she has been promised something from somebody.

    September 16, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. Pat

    You neither like nor trust McCain. Why would you endorse him when you had previously been gung-ho for Clinton.

    Placing Palin in the position of being a heartbeat away from the presidency is a direct insult to Clinton....who could still be the first POTUS who is also a woman! Clinton...who actually did the work and paid the dues to get there!

    You're focusing on Obama; when you should still be focusing on Clinton! CLINTON IS NOT OUT OF THE GAME UNLESS YOU PUT PALIN BEFORE HER!

    September 16, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. Spare Me

    If the DNC doesn't kick her out, something is definitely wrong!

    September 16, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. Lynn:60 yr old Obama supporter

    Why not do a blog about the conservative republicans like David Brookes who are now abandoning McCain? Hillary and Obama don't represent people like "de Rothschild" who will benefit from McCain.

    Now, one of the largest woman's groups in the country, endorsed Obama today I'll take them over this whiney woman who like McCain has no idea what middle America is going through.

    September 16, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. keller

    "de Rothschild"? Calling the only son of a single mother "elitist"? This is rich (too easy...sorry about that). I'm sure McCain is looking forward to her support. They can probably travel together, switching back and forth between their private planes. Of all of the Hillary diehards, this one has been the whiniest, most out of touch. Good riddance and please, please, don't ever call yourself a Democrat again.

    September 16, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. Tiff of lithia springs

    Is this woman crazy!! And what's to like about MC Cain! Good riddance to this chick!

    September 16, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Ron Pab,San Francisco

    Another Hilliary Supporter doing the right thing as she believes
    obama is not the right person to sit in the oval office.Hilliary was just
    supporting obama this days so that her party will not blame in the event of Obamas defeat.

    So calling all hilliary supporters,remeber that during the primary
    how this obama play sexism and insulted hilliary its now payback
    time lets vote Sarah/McCain in NOv 4

    Lets Save America from Obama.

    Hilliary Democrats now for Sarah/McCain
    Lets Drill baby ,baby drill.no more foreign oil.

    September 16, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  11. BrianInMKE

    She's just really pissed that she can't buy Obama off like she planned to with Billary who love to kowtow to big contributors.

    With McCain she will get what she pays for and screw over the rest of U.S. like we have been for the last 8 years.

    That's fine, go over to the dark side and further improve the democratic party in the process. Thanks :-)

    September 16, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. TJ

    And she trusts McCain after his selection of Palin? And she trusts Palin?

    She has made a statement. About herself. She needs to get a real job.

    September 16, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. Ronaldo

    GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!! PIG WITH LIPSTICK...AND TAKE YOUR BANKER HUSBAND AND "HOLDINGS" WITH YOU...YOU CAN USE THEM TO LINE THE DOG CAGE FLOOR WITH IF MC CAIN AND "VIEW OF RUSSIA FROM MY HOUSE" GETS ELECTED.

    Seriously why even bother with this endorsementnow???it just shows that you and many like you are really petty and "elitist"

    September 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  14. MarksMom

    Good advice, really. Never vote for someone you don't like and can't trust...whoever it is.

    September 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. Unhappy With Direction

    I don't like a lot of people I work with but they do a great job!! Oh well... guess I should just quit my job huh... :::eye roll:::

    Put your big girl pants on and be a democrat!!!

    September 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  16. SamSunny

    This is such old news. She is one of the PUMAs. Why are you printing this now.........try to be semi fair in your reporting. This woman has been blubbering against Obama since Hillary lost.

    September 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  17. Brian in VA

    Elitist? I bet Obama can tell you what the price of gas is and what he paid for it that last time he pumped his own gas into his own car. Forester and McCain may not have pumped their own gas or paid a mortgage payment in the last 20 years, but Obama is elitist. Give me a break.

    September 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  18. timber (ex dem)

    I know the feeling. I cannot trust Obama either and will vote for McCain.
    After the corruption Obama and the DNC showed during the primaries anybody with a conscience could not possibly vote for Obama. I know I cannot and will not vote Democrat again until the leadership and gang of four (Pelosi, Dean, Obama, Brazile) have resigned, retired, been jailed, or moved on to other crooked organizations. I want my old democratic party back where the people ran the party not a few corrupt officials. This is exactly why Obama is doing so badly. Oh and by the way, TOLD YOU SO................

    September 16, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  19. gl

    Palin's two rallies out West were tightly controlled events. In Carson City, Nevada, on Saturday, Palin furiously signed autographs longer than she spoke.

    This is not a beauty contest. Why is she signing autographs? This woman is in this race for the fame. Her and McShame are so out of touch it aint' funny.

    September 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  20. Larry

    It's so refreshing that a democrat is putting their country first,not their party.

    September 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  21. TiffIN

    Lynn Forester should stand with McCain as she wasn't a true Democrat anyway. I am so sick of hearing about people who wouldn't know loyalty if it bit them in the but. If she's married to a Rothchild then her middle name is Elitist! As the old saying goes 'it takes one, to know one." The DNC will be better off without her. Maybe the Palin-McCain ticket will give her a job making moose burgers while staring out Palin's kitchen window at Russia.

    Obama 08!

    September 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  22. roger, colorado

    One of the richest women in the world and she dares call Obama an elitist. This woman obviously has serious personal issues. Plus, what is the big deal? The average voter in America has probably never heard of this woman and could not care less what she has to say. Another example of CNN trying to fill the useless final hours of the 24 hr news cycle.

    September 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. Realistic

    "Forester is the CEO of EL Rothschild, a holding company with businesses around the world. She is married to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild."

    Why is this not surprising?

    Do we really want this country's deep financial problems to be solved by one of the Keating Five?

    September 16, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. MarksMom

    Hey, only elite snobs eat with Barbra Streisand for $25K a plate. I don't even make that much a year.

    September 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  25. Liz

    I love her as much as Sarah but I love Hillary first. Obama lost his campaign when chose Biden over Hillary.

    September 16, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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