September 17th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
3 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. chuck

    I feel that Ms. DeRothschild is a "closet republican" who can only parrot republican talking points. She does no inquiry into McCain's background or his real agenda for this country if he gets to be President. She is probably like McCain and does not know how to use the "INTERNETS". Or maybe she is just UPSET that Hilliary lost, that she prefers the "GREATER" of two evils then her own self interest. I feel totally disgusted with her and other "closet republicans" that call themselves DEMOCRATS.

    September 17, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. mike

    The democrats smell a melt down. Go McCain/Palin.

    September 17, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. yardgirl

    This woman is obviously detached from normal life with her 100 million $ background, she fits well into the McSame clan !

    How can somebody vote for Hillary and then for McSame – she really does not know about politics at all and that makes her irrelevant ! If you marry your way up like she did, you just go for the most attention !

    September 17, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Thomas

    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.

    Sounds like SHE is the elitist and also a poor loser!!! Obama had VERY humble beginnings and his policies reflect his concern for the common man. If she is too much of a poor loser to realize that, who needs her endorsement!

    September 17, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. Annie

    She doesn't like him? Does she even know him? Is it him or is it the color of his skin. Small minds can be dangerous? I've heard more excuses for closet bigotry these last few months than ever in my 50 years. I've made phone calls for the Obama campaign. It has literally made my skin crawl.

    September 17, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. ADAM

    To Eric Portland,
    "the guy raised by a single parent" – poor guy who has time to write
    books for profit and make millions from them, but doesn't have time
    to hold one single meeting on Afganistan because he is busy with
    election? His personal profit is only he cares about!!!

    McCain/Palin 2008

    September 17, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. Sly Domber

    with the name Lynn Forester de Rothschild and she's calling a guy raised on food stamps by a single teenage mom elitist? What a self-serving, selfish individual! You're a democrat only when your candidate wins? Obama and Hillary have no policy difference...so, you'd rather have the country go thru another 4 or 8 yrs of republican stewardship because your candidate didn't win or cause Obama will not cow to almighty Rothschild's whim(s)? Well, it's still ur right. Good luck and God be with you. OBAMA WILL WIN! Won't be close!

    September 17, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. Harrison Rohr

    She's a loser. Remember her, her husband and the company name; And never support them or give them business again. She's the elitest; by far. She is one that we should be glad to see leave... as she clearly was a phoney democrat.

    September 17, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. Dean in Florida

    Charles Rangal D-N.Y. This is the type of typical Washington corruption that McCain and Palin will clean up. This guy is as crooked as the day is long (not unlike Obama) and the real pig with lipstick (Pelosi) won't even entertain the idea of removing him from the Chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee.

    McCain – Palin '08

    September 17, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. Let's rebuild this country

    Lynn just wants the tax cut for rich people from McCain,

    September 17, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  11. Merv

    Well if that isn't the pot calling the kettle Black. This woman using the excuse he's an elitest is the biggest punch of crap I've ever heard. Let's look at who the real racist, um excuse me elitest is. 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 splits her time living in London and New York. Just say you're not voting for the man because he is Black, because you're story is about as transparent as McCain saying the economy is fundamentally sound and then trying to change it later.

    September 17, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. Mel

    And you trust mcshame??? what an empty mind.........

    September 17, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  13. Ex-Republican - Fool me once, shame on you....fool me twice, shame on me.

    Sounds like she would probably fall into that 20% of wealthiest Americans that will get a tax increase.....so she runs to the greedy Repbublicans.....no loss.....good ridence.....we need to clean up Washington and it looks like the process has started.....

    September 17, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. Gordie

    There are some democrats that see the light. More will cross over as the line is drawn. McCain is taking the independents and now democrats. Another Reagan revolution, Obama can only “hope”.

    September 17, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  15. Joe Green

    "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. "

    And She says Obama is an ELITIST?

    The world has gone insane if they believe this....

    September 17, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. Spencer from VA

    Macomb County Republican chairman James Carabelli had told a contributor to their site that the party had a list of homes in foreclosure and would “make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses” – a comment he denies ever making.

    This is how republicans are using the foreclosure crisis against democrats. How low can you go? They think they're going to steal this election, but they're dead wrong. America will burn to the ground if old man McSame is elected. You will see riots across this country, and this country will truly be divided. It looks like Osama Bin Laden's plan ir working. Divide & Conquer.

    September 17, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  17. G in the A

    I'll say the same thing I said when Palin was picked

    Who??????????

    September 17, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  18. Lisa

    Who cares..She needs to take a look in the mirror the next time she thinks about calling Senator Obama an elitist. WHAT A JOKE!!!

    September 17, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  19. Ryan in VA

    BYE BYE LADY have fun losing

    September 17, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  20. MLD

    Welcome aboard. I bet that McCain will actually get Hillary's and Bill's vote at the ballot box.

    Intelligent people can see through the glitz of Obama and see that there is nothing there.

    No Way, No How, NObama.

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

    Regardless of branding Senator Obama "upity" it is much more likely that Ms. Forester, is likely to make even more money under a McCain administration. Her father's aviation company stands to benefit and her own interests stand to benefit from the further removal of regulations that Senator Obama opposes and McCain supports. I say ENOUGH with "I am just putting my country first" and instead be honest–you are putting yourself first. I have noticed though that most of those people end up in shame...

    September 17, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  22. CJ/PA

    You, Madame, calling someone else an elitist?? Have you checked your attitude (and portfolio) lately???? Frankly, I think you need to get over yourself, and realize what is best for the PEOPLE of the United States. Talk about out of touch . . .

    September 17, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  23. Anonymous

    IF YOU WANT HILLARY TO BE PRESIDENT IN 2012 THEN VOTE FOR MCCAIN IN 2008

    September 17, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  24. Fashionboyny

    If Obama doesnt get into the White House this time, then Hilary Clinton will never get into the White House ever!!! And it is obvious that these disgruntled people are not mad at the DNC , they just dont want to see an African American in the White House period. Obama is not elitist, elitist to these people really means "black man stay in your place!!" Get real!!!

    September 17, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  25. jason,tx

    What an idiot. Again, voting for breasts rather than policies. Sad.

    September 17, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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