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. danyankee

    She's the wife of international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and she's calling the black guy from Chicago an elitist?? Who needs her.

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. Albo58

    At least she's honest in what she's going to do. There are a lot of Democrats that are going to vote Republican this year because they feel their representativie (Obama) is unqualified, a Socialist, and seems to change his positions on a weekly basis. Can't blame her!

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. jules

    Any of you that think Obama can't be an elitist because he was raised by a single mom (well, kind of raised by her – she was basically a weirdo that ran around the world and paired up with 'unusual' bed partners while her kids mostly stayed with relatives) doesn't know much about people. Obama now lives in a home that most people only dream about, he made a few million dollars the last few years, and yes, now he thinks he is somebody. That's why he has the elitist label. He has now put his nose in the air and hub-bubs around like he is a god. Just because you have money doesn't mean you are an elitist. Many wealthy people truly believe in helping others and would never look down on others or be condescending (like some newly created elitists are). Obama's phony "hey folks" is just that, phony. If you know anything about Obama you should know that from day one he courted the high ranking Dems, kissing their *@#$%, because he knew he had to to get anywhere. He is so partisan, in fact voted along party lines (96%) more than any Dem or Repub. How he will bring about a change in the partisan politics that we suffer from is still a mystery. At least McCain has bucked the party and only voted along party lines 88.3% of the time. Issues that really matter to people, those that will help people is where McCain went against his good 'ol boys. I've voted for a Dem since my first election in 1976. but not this year because of the same reason as Forester de Rothschild. There is something about Obama that isn't right.

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. mbp

    Who is going to have the more expensive outfit – her or Cindy? Who has more houses?

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Amber

    hahahaha I don't like him either! He's arrogant and after the way he mistreated the Clintons, he needs to go crawl back under his Chicago rock.

    McCain 08
    Clinton '12

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Disgrace in America

    I hope this country gets exactly what it deserves by electing McCain/ Palin. The operatives of the Bush/ Cheney team are running McCain's campaign. After that green screen debacle in New Orleans, they handed over the reins. We have suffered for 7 1/2 years. What's another 8 years. I know, he shares your values and Palin is a pitbull/ Hockey Mom. God Bless America and NO PLACE ELSE. Country First, right. Talk about the fleecing of America, more like the dumbing down of America. That was not a sun rising at the Repub convention, but a sun setting for this great nation if McCain/ Palin are elected. My God help us all.

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Anonymous

    surprise, surprise... the bankers wife like the republican.

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. Kelly

    Who cares who she supports..........She is not a TRUE DEM anyway....How can she say Mr. Obama is an ELITIST, have she defined the word. The true COLORS are coming out.

    SHe is doing what she does best....CHANGE HER MIND. I AM WOMAN, so I CAN SAY THAT. CALL ME SEXIST....

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. BeHereNow

    "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 thinks Barack Obama...the community organizer, child of a single mother, guy who just recently paid off his student loans...is an elitist...

    This is rife with irony...This is actually pretty hilarious if you think about it.

    I don't think Obama wants her support...McCain and his 7 to 10 houses I'm sure would welcome an endorsement from the "house of de Rothschild".

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. MJC

    She supported Hillary. Barack and Hillary have all most identicle positions on EVERYTHING. So I wonder why she would support McCain (scratching my head).

    This women has the NERVE to call someone Elitist. Give me a break. And by the way Lady Rothschild, don't let the door hit you on your way out! Good bye.

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Mike D

    who???

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. DCM IL

    Welcome aboard!! You said what a lot of people are thinking, but will not because the are afraid. When they get in the voting box they will vote for McCain ! Good Job !!!

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Rick

    Looks like a lot of Obama supporters on this post are playing the race card.

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. al in memphis

    It really okay if you decided not to make the return trip to the USA.

    We rather have people who vote on the issues - not disliking someone is rather childish way of watching out for the future of this country.

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. ft

    She is doing it because everyone now sees that Obama is not qualified...When was the last time you saw a candidate for president use a tele-prompter for a Rally....BTW thats a fact! and yesterday btw...He can't tell you what he wants because he is a mere puppet of The DNC...we see through you OBAMA all fluff no substance...

    NOBAMA 08

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Terry

    CNN Maybe I should say something bad about Mc Cain. Is that what it's going to take for you to post my comments.

    Thank you Lynn!!!!!!!!

    Can you please wake up the rest of the Obama supporters.

    Obama cannot be trusted!!!!!!!!!!

    Mc Cain / Palin '08

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Herman M.

    She's just an example of the many female Hillary supporters who just want to see a woman in power. Since Palin is the VP on the Republican ticket....need I say more?

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Benjamin

    Lynn gets it. I hope more independent and intelligent women follow her decision.

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. Independent Jones

    She should submit her resignation to the DNC. She is free to support whomever she wishes, as an individual. However, as a member of the Democratic National Committee, she should be obligated to support the parties candidate or resign from the committee. If you want to cross the aisle or be an independent, then fine, but you can't have it both ways. If she wants her McCain cake, she should have to eat it someplace else. Maybe she and Joe Leiberman can start a new party.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Adam B

    This broad is sympotmatic of what's wrong with this country, it's antiquated political system and overall personal integrity.
    As a liberal Democrat, I am abhorred by the fact that a "prominent" party principle jumps ship to support a candidate that is in absolute opposition to fundamentals she revered just a few short months ago.
    Go riddance to Ms Rothchild and her "elitist" mentality. They can have you.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    If she truly believed what Ms. Clinton believed in, then she wouldn't back McCain.

    Healthcare
    Economy
    Iraq
    Equal Pay
    Women's right to choose

    I could go on, but I think you get the point.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. Logan

    She feels that HE is an elitist...is this a joke?

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. Tom

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. KBratton

    She splits her time between to homes one in the US and Abroad.......and Obama is the elitist. Say the name De Rothschild...
    Sounds like Obama didn't kiss her butt, or maybe he needed to wash her car for her to feel better about him.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  25. Moderate Republican Supporting Obama

    I hope and pray to God that thinking and rational people are not falling for this gimmick, one of many that has come from the McCain camp. Forester is ridiculous and her support of McCain flies in the face of everything the Clinton campaign stood for. I supported Clinton and now I am firm supporter of Obama and if you are true believer in change and solving practical concerns, then you will support Obama. Republicans are very good at rallying behind their candidate, whoever it is. Dems need to become better at this. My hope is that prominent Republicans will come out in support of Obama to demonstrate that not only conservatives are behind the flawed ideas of McCain-Palin.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
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