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
soundoff (1,538 Responses)
  1. april

    She knows a winner when she sees one. Palin is a brilliant choice and has thrown the Obama camp into a tailspin. Barack isn't sounding as eloquent as he did a few weeks ago. He's starting to crack. Real, experienced politicos are seeing it and racing to get off that bus.

    Palin is the "every woman" of America. Who can't relate to her, no matter what color you are. All the Hollywood smear tactics just make it more obvious the fear this woman puts in Democrats. It shouldn't even be that way. She has shown she can work both sides of the aisle. McCain has shown how a true leader gets a job done without all the "Look at me!" shenanigans. But then, that is what experience brings.

    btw, for all those comparing Palin to Obama..remember, Palin is not running for President, Obama is.

    September 17, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  2. Eric

    She's not an elitist?

    September 17, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  3. AlAnbari

    No one respects a filthy traitor, I hope a large majority of her holdings were with Lehman brothers.

    September 17, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  4. Adrian Veidt

    How anyone can switch to supporting McSame just because of spite is beyond me.

    September 17, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  5. chas alabama

    Another person that hates America

    September 17, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  6. Jimbo

    De Rothschild is NOT an elitist? Give me a break!

    September 17, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  7. girlfromhamptonVA

    What an idiot...Well get ready folks, the real republicans are starting to come out now. Sad, if that's who she thinks is the best candidiate because she doesn't like Senator Obama, Should we even care about her anyway? No, she's obviously dumb and unrealistic!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08' "CHANGE WE NEED"

    September 17, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  8. All the wrong reasons

    Right, because the issues you support pale in importance next to personal vendettas and bitter rivalries. What is this supposed to prove other than that Rothschild is petty?

    September 17, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  9. Sam

    Another prominent example of intelligent people seeing through Obama's inexperienced emptiness and turning toward a proven rifle in this fight for our country's future.

    September 17, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  10. David

    haha Go Mccain/Palin!!!
    I suggest you obama voters do the same and switch your vote..
    you will be making the right choice! Look just wait for the debates..
    you will see mccain/palin wipe the floor with obama/biden.

    September 17, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  11. Shannon

    all strong women should back away from Obama, his sexist, demeaning treatment of women should give all women pause. I would be ashamed to vote for Obama!

    September 17, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  12. ben

    Oh,now I've heard it all. An uber elite CEO who makes millions more than 95 percent of the country is calling Obama and elitist? Take a look in the mirror honey. I wonder why she wants to support McCain? Maybe because she's just as out of touch as him?

    September 17, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  13. Julie, Indiana

    A Rothschild accuses Senator Obama of being an elitist?

    This isn't news – this is a joke.

    September 17, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  14. Howard

    This is a riot! Married to Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, CEO of a holding company, , splits her time between London and New York, enough connections to raise buckets of money.... and can't stand Obama because he is elitist! Does the word even mean anything?

    September 17, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  15. d

    ..de Rothschild calling Obama elitist?? C'mon now EVERYONE knows she reeks of elitism herself. Baloney.

    September 17, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  16. Remi

    Is it a joke? CEO of EL Rothschild and Sir Evelyn de Rothschild's wife calls a community organizer an elitist...

    September 17, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  17. john jimerson

    Who cares. Obama doesnt need traitors anyway.

    September 17, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  18. BITTER OLD WHITE WOMAN

    She is pissed that "HER" candidate didn't win, and that the "PEOPLES" candidate did and didn't pay Clinton's debt. So, instead of being a responsible citizen she is going to act like a bitter old white woman?! You know what she has enough money that she can actually afford to support the McCain/Palin ticket.

    It's totally alright, because she proved she was "cracked" in the head with her spiteful words after the primaries. All her actions (and those who support McCain/Palin) state is that she would rather BE right than DO right, and America there IS a difference.

    We all need to DO right and vote Obama/Biden. For those of you voting because of race/color ask yourselves this: "If I had a daughter that was raped and became pregnant because of it, would I want her to have to carry that baby to term?" If you are honest with yourself, you will NOT vote for McCain/Palin. However, if you can't bring yourself to DO the right thing and vote Obama/Biden, then please remember you reap what you sow.

    September 17, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  19. Lorton, VA

    We already knew that a good percentage of Hillary supporters were closet Republicans.

    September 17, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  20. Brina

    She lives in London and New York but Obama is an elitist. Best of luck to her and McCain.

    September 17, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  21. Dempublican

    When I commented on this topic last night there were five other comments, but it appears that they were not the kind of comments CNN would publish about a wealthy elite who thinks that the Democratic Party is her private domain just because it benefits from her largesse.

    September 17, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  22. mike

    Lynn see you later. Who cares who your backing, your about as influential to who people decides to vote for as cow dung. If your support for John has the same success as it did for hillary then Obama should be president. So takes your trillions of dollars and shove it!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  23. JAS

    Ouch! That's got to hurt.

    September 17, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  24. Donna

    and she says HE'S an elitist? Please.

    If this woman's vote depends on who she likes, she is woefully superficial. Sad that her extreme wealth allows a foolish and immature woman's act of petulance to get national press.

    September 17, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  25. gapeach

    Who cares!

    September 17, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
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