September 17th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
2 years ago

Prominent Clinton backer and Dem donor to endorse McCain

 Lynn Forester de Rothschild was a strong supporter of Clinton's White House bid.
Lynn Forester de Rothschild was a strong supporter of Clinton's White House bid.

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. Bobby W

    Being that Forester is the CEO of EL Rothschild, a holding company with businesses around the world and she is married to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, she is just a Republican Wolf in Democratic Sheeps clothing. Forester should be boothed out of the DNC’s Democrats Abroad chapter and banished from any relationship with the Democratic Party. I am sure that she can sip drinks with Joe, Turn Coat, Lieberman and John McBush.

    September 17, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. Amy

    Oh my.

    It couldn't be because he is a radical liberal? No, no, no, no, no. You don't like him because he's black! RACIST!

    Look at yourselves. You've been reduced to calling everyone on the other team, racists! Pathetic.

    September 17, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. Edwin

    Clinton supporters who now support McCain are really just a bunch of confused people who know nothing about politics. Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are polar opposites. If Sarah Palin was a man people whould have no trouble pointing out how incompetent and credential-less she really is. Mayor of a town with less of a population than the University of Connecticut, and a governor who wont even finish her term in a state with more Deer than people. Obama has been in DC those years, DC people. Palin's DC stants for Deer Country.

    September 17, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  4. ForObama

    "splits her time living in London and New York." Who's the elitist???

    September 17, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. TR

    The surprise vote will be the underserved white vote in rural america who will vote for Obama/Biden.

    They will not be duped and taken for granted again by the Repubs.

    September 17, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  6. Dem. for McCain

    Lifelong Dem voting for McCain/Palin

    September 17, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  7. Joe

    Irony?? A political big shot. With homes in two of the most expensive cities in the world. CEO of a company, married to an international banker. Calling someone else elite?? If that's not the pot calling the kettle black I don't know what is...

    Support whoever you wish, but be honest about it. I sincerely doubt this person, one of the most elite people in the country, has grounds to call anybody elite.

    September 17, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  8. RJ, CA

    An "elitist" is also someone who thinks he/she is special just because he/she is black - and therefore entitled to everything, no matter how illogical - just because he/she is black!

    September 17, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  9. Anne Hamil

    Gross.

    September 17, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  10. BJGT

    A Rothschild calling someone an elitist?

    A woman supporting a misogynist?

    What a nitwit!

    September 17, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. Veeee

    Any who are voting for this elderly McCain, I really hope you feel the wrath IF this male wins. You deserve all the hardship you get IF this male wins along with ummmm, what is the female name that is his "running mate" ....ummmm, well its not important because she isn't.

    September 17, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  12. joeparadis

    who is this clown?

    September 17, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  13. donna

    Obama should say thanks to this lady.
    Her endorsement of McCain and the reasons she has given say a lot and will cause many to think about their own motives for voting one way or the other.

    September 17, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  14. Hillary supporter now for McCain/Palin

    Ditto here. I am one very disappointed democrat!

    I am also ashamed of the DNC. They picked obama to be the nominee a number of years ago, which means that our votes didn't count.

    My vote for McCain/Palin will demonstrate my disapproval with the DNC and for obama, his inexperience, his arrogance, and his arrogant disciples.

    September 17, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  15. BJ

    McCain's a dishonorable Creep !!!! And Palin fits right in with the empty vessel concept. . . the neocons will fill her up with what they need her to do. . . Stepford wives come to mind.
    As far as ' Benedict Arnold ' switching sides. . . SO WHAT !!!!

    Obama represents a 'movement' in this country. The GOP has taken this country down a very DARK ROAD. . lies; corruption; war profiteers; kool aid drinkers unite !!! You do it our way (Corporations RULE), or you get nothin' !!!! If the American people want to continue down this road, they will deserve every bit of what's in store. . . .Iran will be bombed next. . .so get your kids ready to join the military, because that's the ONLY JOB they'll be able to get !!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  16. PlJones

    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

    I don't like him,” she said of Obama in an interview with CNN’s Joe Johns. “I feel like he is an elitist.

    Now You Tell me who sounds like the REAL Elitist..or does She need to look this word up in the dictionary, I have to believe that most folks with all their so called book smarts, or really just idiots, who should be walking around with Dunce caps on so the media can aviod them..

    DUNCE – A person who is stupid or slow to learn – One who should also avoid any interaction with media...Forester.

    September 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  17. Brian

    Well done, it is nice to see not all are swooning at the feet of the Omamessiah!

    September 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  18. Concerned Citizen, IN

    This lady, who splits time between London and New York and is married to a guy with "Sir" in his name is calling Obama an elitist?

    September 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  19. Tony

    Just one more tratior to add to the list. Wasn't a real Democrat anyway.

    September 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  20. Palin shot Bullwinkle

    Obama an ELITIST!!!?????

    Oh...I think she meant to say N>GG3R.

    Go with the other Rich, Racist,Ignorant and Uneducated people that support McPow and Moossilla.

    Obama-Bidden 08

    September 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  21. Independent from PA

    Pathetic...! Racist!

    September 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  22. mary

    who cares, she can endorse even george bush for all i care and obama is wining hands down.
    obama/biden '08

    September 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  23. elaine of calif

    Would she feel this way if is name was Joe Smith and he was white??? Same policies as Hilliary...as far as being a elistist...McCain and his millions and how many houses??? now that is truly an elistist.

    September 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  24. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    The reason she is backing the McCain/Palin ticket is because of Obama's policy to restore regulations on the banking industry to stop the current crisis from happening again.

    CNN isn't reporting this but on the Jon Stewart Daily Show last night he replayed one of Palin's stump speeches where at the beginning she stated her and John McCain would put regulations on the banking industry and within another minute in the same speech she said her and John McCain would remove all government blocks from business. She is an air head but the media lets her away with it.

    September 17, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  25. Alex Marin

    I'm a democrat that this year will vote republican too. That's why this is a democracy, because we have to right to make the choice we want. To say that people won't vote for Obama because of his race is oversimplifying things. Race is a factor, but just one factor among experience, record, credentials and an economic plan that make sense; none of which de current democratic ticket has.

    September 17, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
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