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. Bobby

    So a *Rothschild* who spends part of her time living in London and part of her time in New York and is the CEO of a major holdings company is calling the man who came out of Harvard and went into *community organizing* an elitist? Just what planet do we live on?

    September 17, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. RSR

    As time goes by, the 'glitter' is fading from the Dem's "Golden Boy".
    People are beginning to see that Obama is just NOT qualified to be President. With his lack of experience, this job is way above his 'pay-grade' !!!!
    Vote Experience...Vote McCain.

    September 17, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. TESAP:SAVANNAH, GA

    AND???

    September 17, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. L.C.

    Greg,

    Ditto!

    September 17, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. no 2 foldem

    see ya!!! bye,later,....you'll be back on nov 4.

    September 17, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. ck

    Money attracts Money.

    September 17, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. gk

    WHO is SHE calling elitist???? Rothschild, the name alone rings elitist.

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

    I can not wait until this election is over!! I'm sick and tired of the negative comments and false accusations. This election has shown how ignorant, racist and sexist we (Americans) are. People are losing their lives, families, homes, jobs...etc and we're focusing on the race, sex and age of a candidate. I wonder what the other countries think of us (Americans) right now? Sometimes I think we abuse our freedom...

    September 17, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  9. Kerri

    We'll see how much she likes John McCain when he does nothing for women's rights. Anyone who supported Hillary Clinton and is now supporting John McCain was clearly not behind Hillary for her policies...as John McCain's are the complete opposite extreme. Most likely, she was just supporting Clinton because she's a woman. How mature.

    September 17, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  10. H. Charles

    This has turned into such a hateful election. You have people on both sides saying I hate this candidate or I hate that candidate. I don't think any of you know John McCain or Barack Obama personally, so how can you have so much hate towards one or the other? Remember, presidential elections are about issues. If you don't agree with someone thats fine. But to sit here and invoke hate and name calling makes us irresponsible voters and Americans. We're better than this.

    September 17, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. ANDY DAAS

    She did that because because she is RACIST.

    September 17, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  12. Garee

    Thank you Howard Dean!

    September 17, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  13. The GOP don't turst Sarah Palin

    Wow, another lobbyist type in John McCain's camp. Is her company looking for a Republican bailout as well? Another CEO that not too many of us trust or respect these days.

    September 17, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  14. I Love my Country!

    Lady, elitist is flying back and forth from london and being married to one of the richest thugs in America. Elitist is not know how many homes you own (mccain). Elitist is having a tanning bed installed in the governor's mansion (palin) or charging a per diem to the tax payers for working from home (palin). Obama earned his degree's the hard way and gave back to the community when he could have been an elitist. Is it because he is more intelligent and educated than you, he is after all a Constitutional Law Scholar. Or is it that as a black man he should 'know' his place? You are disgusting.

    September 17, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  15. PA DEM

    What a douche! She obviously was supporting Hillary because she was a woman and has no clue why she thought she was a democrat. The Grand OLD Party can have this idiot!

    September 17, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  16. TKCROW

    Welcome to the fold. You will not be disappointed. People on this blog are saying you are the elitist, but just because you have money does not make you an elitist – it just make you a target for bloggers who are jealous.

    My only suggestion is that since you are going against the Clintons's please don't go anywhere by yourself and buy a bullet proof vest and helmet.

    September 17, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  17. Mitchel

    Considering the present state of the banking industry in this country, I think that this woman should have thought twice before even opening her mouth. Besides, a backer with a fairly large foreign connection promoting a presidential candidate... in a time of "lets get ourselves independent again?" Globalization is upon us people.

    September 17, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. terry

    This is another Clinton die hard that is upset that their candiate didn't win. So verses standing behind the person that won fair and square she would rather throw her support behind someone that is not in line with party view, or hers for that matter. She was only supporting Hillary because she was a woman. Good written, and the party will be better without you, and she should stripped of her DNC post as well.

    September 17, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. John

    lulz.. chew on the Obamanites.

    Probably would not have happened had Obama chosen Hillary for his VP.

    September 17, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  20. Dan S

    So when she was supporting Hillary she didn't give a ratz patutie about policies and she now will turn back the clock on every progressive policy and program for the next 50 years. I don't understand why these folks don't get that if McSame wins it won't be 4 years and Hillary can run and turn everything around. It will be TOO LATE!

    September 17, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  21. Republican Woman for Obama

    I hate when people use false accusation as a reason for not voting for Obama. Be real, just say Im not ready for a black president. Its that easy.

    September 17, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  22. I'm just saying

    I am so disappointed in some of the citizens of this great country. Lets be honest here, if you are a democrat/clinton supporter and you are chosing to vote for the McCain ticket then obviously you arent voting on the issues. You instead are voting because of race, gender, or some other dumb reason that wont stop forclosures or make healthcare affordable. Vote responsibly!

    September 17, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  23. John McWhite

    I guess Barack Obama just doesn't relate to her small-town CEO values.

    At best, this is "girl power"; at worst, the "e-word" is code for something else.

    September 17, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  24. Sophia, 23, FL

    OBAMA WILL WIN ANYWAY!

    September 17, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  25. McCain the Copy-Cat

    Hope she packed her parachute correctly so she can have a soft landing like McCan’t-tell-the-truth and McPal-liar.

    September 17, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
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