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. just say it

    Elitist is code word for Racist... why don't you come out and just say it!

    September 17, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. Chris from Delmar

    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.

    So Obama is elitist, eh? Well, she didn't use the word "uppity" like the Georgia congressman did. But it amounts to the same thing.

    She's not loyal to Clinton – she's loyal to her money, and, I think, her skin pigmentation!

    September 17, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. WOW - CONCERNED WOMEN

    so what................................................

    cry me a river............................................................

    and this matter why?...........................................................

    never heard of ya.......................................................................................

    some women can't let it go ...oh well I just recruited another women so now it even ...............................................................no news here

    September 17, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. TJS

    I agree and I hope Texas pays attention to who is out having BIG parties to line their pockets while they try and figure out where to lay their children down at night. Obama says last night that he was there for the people that would never see the inside of such a place. Shame on you, they can't even see their homes that were destroyed. And the people in the midwest, Ohio valley still no power and suffering. Party it up Obama, we will remember in November!

    September 17, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. Karen

    Hillary supporters in our area of Ohio say NO to McCain/Palin

    September 17, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. Rosa

    YES! WELCOME....

    I don't trust him either.

    September 17, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Lucy

    "He hasn't given me a reason to trust him." Exactly!! You mean it isn't enough that a bunch of celebrities support him? Just because someone has the gift of gab doesn't qualify him to run a country. If you can be sweet talked into voting for him-by all means, go ahead. Bottom line, he is a puppet to all those around him, standing for whatever those who pad his pocketbook stand for. He would make a great car salesman.

    September 17, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. Gerry

    They need to drop her from the DNC just like they should drop Lieberman from democratic groups. Neither she nor Lieberman is a real democrat. Their egos come first and they have personal agendas. Lieberman is spokesman and lapdog for Israel and she is a privilege seeker. If you don't treat her as if she were the queen of England, she takes her dogs and goes home. She has not suffered enough to relate to what the average person in America is experiencing and she might as well join the republican party like the rest of the aristocracy. Good riddance!

    September 17, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  9. Adam

    Wow you all lose one of your own then you turn on her and call her a racist because she is not following the liberal agenda. Could it be, just maybe, that Barack's policies smell.

    September 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. Rae

    She has the never to call someone an elitist? What a joke. This just goes to show she is not a true democrat because the election is about the party not about any one candidate. Hillary Clinton did not receive the requisite number of delegates to be the nominee. So, for her to back McCain and stump for him knowing what he is about and how he will bring this country down is shameful. The Democratic Party should really be upset with this woman and take her off any committees. I wouldn't be surprised if her problem was that Mr. Obama is a man of color. The democratic party has spoken - the people have spoken and she has to get used to it.

    September 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. adam

    I wonder if Obama has given her a reason to NOT trust him...

    September 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. ch

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild is amongst many Hillary supporters who will not support the DNC leaders and the media (hello MSNBC) in their desire to make Obama president.

    Hillary should have been the nominee. And the fact that she was not selected as VP has left many democrats dissapointed and angry.

    Hillary 2012!

    September 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    People are allowed to vote for whomever they wish. "Elitist." That's pretty funny coming from someone named Rothschild.

    September 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  14. Kathy

    I think that any DNC member who would back the opposition needs to resign their membership and be done with it. She and Senator Lieberman should just become Republicans. There is a major problem with the Democrats when they cannot form a united front with their candidate. Hillary should also make it clear that this is an un-acceptable move to endorse the opponent.

    September 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. Robert Brown

    This is a perfect example of why some men don't think women should be involved in politics. They are tempermental and vindictive. Many women still don't vote for the candidate that offers America the best chance of solving problems, they usually vote for the macho guy!! When a democrate vote for a Republican, they forget about God and Country!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. A GEORGIA MAMA THAT LOVES OBAMA!!!!

    WELL GUESS WHAT LYNN? WE DON'T LIKE YOU EITHER, AND

    YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH YOUR MONEY, BUT

    THAT GOES TO PROVE THAT YOU DON'T GIVE A FLIP ABOUT THIS

    COUNTRY IF YOU ARE SUPPORTING REPUBLICANS WHO, UNDER

    THEM, OUR COUNTRY'S ECONOMY HAS TANKED UNDER! YOU

    ARE AN IDIOT ALONG WITH EVERY OTHER REPUBLICAN

    SUPPORTER, TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT A PARTY THAT HAS

    RUINED ECONOMY TO THE POINT, EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY

    NOW NEEDS A BAIL OUT!!

    AMERICA, DON'T BE AN IDIOT LIKE THIS LYNN CHICK! WE

    CANNOT AFFORD FOR OUR COUNTRY TO BE RUINED ANY

    LONGER AT THE HANDS OF REPUBLICANS! PLEASE DO NOT

    BE HOODWINKED AGAIN!

    OBAMA AND BIDEN FOR PRES. AND VP 2008! OUR ONLY HOPE

    FOR "REAL" CHANGE!!!

    September 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  17. Paula

    I agree we have people losing their homes in our area. For anyone that can't stick with issues they are missing the point of the election all together.

    September 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  18. Chris

    Racist???

    You all need to move past that. Maybe she did it because Obama is nothing more than an elitist tax-raising swine who'll do say whatever he has to for votes. Maybe she did it because Obama has shown repeatedly that he cares more about what the "world" thinks than about what's best for America. Maybe she did it because she's not a Kool-Aid drinking sheep.

    September 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  19. Joe

    I see the pitch already from the Obamaniacs: if you don't vote for Obama, you must be a racist. Idiots.

    September 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  20. JIM

    I have switched my vote to McCain / Palin

    Obama is not ready to be president.

    I am very impressed with Palin. She is a real leader.

    September 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  21. Barbara Niantic Connecticut

    How could a person like Obama who's Mom had been on Food stamps be called an elitist from a Rothchild!. Obama has always taken the high road, he never said anything bad about women, he stands for equal pay and John McCain does not, and Pro choice. Someone like a Rothchild is intelligent enough to know the differences in the platfoms between Obama and McCain. I am starting to wonder...is it becasue they are too ashamed to say they will not vote for an American who so happens to be a Black man. Wow... This is sad and disturbing....Some American can not support a qualified Black man and Europe does. Go figure!

    September 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. Ken

    Obama an elitist? Kind of like the pot calling the kettle black, isn't it?

    September 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  23. Andy in Atl

    She is a feminist, a loser and racist and these equal stupidity.

    September 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  24. Leland Somers

    Amazing – this woman – a world elitist – calling Obama an elitist. What monumental hypocrisy – it simply boggles the mind when people like this call someone like Obama an elitist.

    She bears the name of one of the richest and oldest most powerful families in the world – this is just amazing. What is even more amazing is that the so called news media doesn't immediately call her on this kind of crap.

    September 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  25. Linda from Prescott AZ

    HOw pathetic and she thinks Obama is an elitist.
    That being said, I noticed this morning on cnn that mccain can't even give his own speeches. Without Palin by his side, he can't draw a crowd, she is becoming the spokeswoman fro the campaign...how very interesting.

    September 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
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