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.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
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  1. Clarence

    I get it! Americans are such dependent thinkers that they allow people in the $250,000 and over income range to tell them who to vote for, and that it is far better for sheep to be lead by the very wolves that will devour them than to trust a black man that truly has the best interest of 97% of all Americans. Good luck America!

    Obama, the wise choice!

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. IronCity

    I suppose since she has frequent access to another country's health care and personal freedoms it doesn't matter to her she's voting for the ticket that will put women back about 2 decades.

    I would point out that our public schools will be in more turmoil as well if the ReThugs are elected... but the commenter Andrew Symcox above seems to prove that point for me.

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. watching from the sidelines

    Only the Lord knows the amount of money that this woman got from McCain for her 'support'
    It is the other women who will be losing their abortion rights and equal pay rights

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. jbdc

    hahahahaha! what? she splits her time between london and new york and she thinks BARACK OBAMA is an elitist??? excuse me kettle, meet the black pot. ridiculous! is she now on the mccain campaign payroll?

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. Jean

    So....tell me... did "elitist" replace "uppity"?

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Sandy Killik

    This woman is crazy!!!!

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. Alicia, Flushing, NY

    Ah. the first crack in the armor. Hillary voters are starting their move to McCain/Palin. This is great.

    My heart is singing with this news.

    McCain/Palin 08'

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. John

    lulz.. chew on that Obamanites.

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

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  9. Joyce in Florida

    Who cares? McCain needs all the help he can get. It won't matter this November anyway. The Democrats will win back the White House. This Hillary Clinton supporter will vote for Obama.

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  10. Donkey Party

    ADAM September 17th, 2008 8:22 am ET

    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
    =======================================================

    He was on a sub-commitee, you idiot, the main commitee handles those affairs. Educate yourself before you post something so retarded.

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  11. Andrew, Chicago

    I was a staunch Clinton supporter who will vote for Obama, but it drives me nuts that the first thing many Obama supporters cry is racism when someone chooses not to vote for him. This happened toward Hillary supporters too in the primary and it's an easy way out.

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. AdamW

    Sounds like a straight up racist. Seriously.

    How can you be a co called member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee and vote for a Republican? Clearly you don't believe in the ideas of the party.

    You don't like him because you don't trust him and think he is an elitist? How the hell is he an elitist? What has he done that is so elite? John McCain isn't an elitist? Is someone an elitist simply because they can actually speak in complete sentences unlike most Republicans.

    You don't trust him? Why because your ignorant minds thinks he's a muslim and you watch FOX news or because of his skin color? You probably clutch your purse walking down the street when you see a black man.

    What a tool this person is. They should kick her out of the party. We don't need her kind. But hey, it's America. She can vote for who she wants.

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  13. ralph Del Pozzo

    Alright, so another racist moron less a backbone to admit it.

    September 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  14. Chut Pata

    It is now obvious she did not really support Hillary, she just opposed Obama.

    It was true with a large number of 18 million Hillary supporters, they were not voting FOR Hillary but were voting AGAINT Obama. All these PUMAs would have eventually voted McCain even if Hillary would have been nominated.

    September 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  15. Common sense

    Wow it is amazing how people will just ignore all of the idiotic things that John McCain says out of hiw mouth. He continually proves that he does not have everyday Americans as a priority. He wants to tax our health benefits. I am a teacher and it is already hard to make a living. I have had several medical issues and thank God for the insurance I have. However, under McSane, he would give me a mere $5000 to help, what about the rest of the $15,000 bill. I guess I need to go stand on the corner and beg for the rest so that me and my son will be able to pay the rest of bill. Oh by the way, if I don't pay it then it goes on my credit report, lowers my credit score, eventually bankruptcy. You do the math. This man does not care about the little people.

    I am an Obama supporter, and yes he has he faults, but at least I know I am not at the very back of his mind on most issues, unlike McSane and scary Palin. Wake up people. Do your homework.

    September 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  16. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    This is RICH! She is married to a dude named Sir Evelyn de Rothschild NAD OBAMA IS THE ELITIST????

    Be for real! You just want McSame to keep with the tax cuts for the wealthy!

    September 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  17. PA Independent

    Ah, another jet-setter multimillionaire calling the self-made man in the race an "elitist". The McCain campaign will welcome you, lady – they embrace all kinds of flaming hypocrites.

    September 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  18. leapfrog

    Any registered Republican making less than $100,000 a year who truly believes that McCain and the rest of the GOP machinery is looking out for their best interests, need only look at the melt down of the invetsment banking market to see what they're all about. The GOP buzz words of "less government" really means less protection against corporate greed. And who's footing the bill so that AIG corporate leaders can continue to contribute to the McCain campaign and live high on the hog? The tax payers. You. The GOP is like a snake oil salesman. They whisper in your ear about abortion and school prayer while they flagrantly lift your wallet. The GOP is really for one thing and one thing alone: enrichment of their own portfolios at everyone else's expense, including the poor evangelical members of their own party. Vote McCain, and you're voting for your own poverty.

    September 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  19. susan

    Of course- she is supporting McCain-It's all about big business baby! If she wasn't the CEO of a major company it would have been more disturbing! Let her join Leiberman..we don't need them!

    September 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  20. Rob L.

    Them black guys out of the South Side of Chicago, whose brains and verve got them to the Senate of the United States, why, they sure are elitist.

    (says an hioer to the Rothschilds. That poor woman must live in some kind of personal hell to see things that skewed~!

    She trust McCain? He's a cetni-millionaire with 8 houses and private jet? He's a man of the people?

    This woman is a fool!

    September 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  21. white independant

    hmmm, I smell rats...by now, everyone should know how "good" republicans are at blackmail, voter rigging, etc..must be some ulterior motive to get this backer of hillary, to go republican now..again, I smell a RAT..and am sure Bush and his group have told McCain how easy it is to rig voting too..think there was irregularities last time, ha, watch this year, bet my last piece of bread, this election will be "fixed" too, republicans know how to do that very well..SAD..
    I will still vote, for Obama, and pray, he wins...print this CNN

    September 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  22. One vote

    This election is showing the World what it is to be an African American in this country. Bigotry is rampent in this country... The only good thing is they are not hiding behind sheets these days....

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08....

    September 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  23. Jazzi

    Who cares who this lady endorses? CNN why haven't you reported that the N.O.W. PAC organization supports Obama? N.O.W. represents thousands of women!

    September 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  24. Ontaya

    This just shows why Hillary's campaign failed. She had a bunch of idiots working for her.

    September 17, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  25. GirlTexas

    Another racist fool coming out, and clearly demonstrating that their not a true Democrat....

    September 17, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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