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.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
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  1. Cory

    So evidently she doesn't care about the issues.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Veteran For Obama

    Who cares, Obama has to serve a nation, not just one snobbish individual.........Who's calling who an Elitist.............Please!!!!
    Get a life................You won't be missed.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. JB

    I dislike her and her shiny white face! She's just scared cause she's a billionare who doesn't want to be taxed.

    September 17, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Chayil

    An example of someone letting personal feelings get in the way of the issues.
    Really and truly though.....are there underlying reasons for her dislike of Obama......like Race? Things that make you say hmmmmm????
    If she was such a strong Hillary supporter, then it shouldn`t be too hard for her to support Obama who`s take on the issues is not far from Hillary`s. However, with McCain now having Palin on his ticket to get the shallow voters who vote based on Race and Sex...this elitist female supporter can show what her original support of Hillary was really about.....not the issues!!!!
    Obama doesn`t need her support.....there are many more to replace her one vote.

    September 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. Independent in PA

    Mrs. de Rothschild up in arms against elitism is absurd. She herself is a millionaire CEO. This is the worst case of hypocrisy that I have EVER seen.

    September 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. This soccer mom can whip your hockey mom any day!!!

    But Liars like Sara Palin and John McCain seem trustworthy to her???!!!! WTH??!!!??? Money always stays with money. She is not going to vote for somone who says they are going to raise her taxes. If you know her baground, you know she is part of that top 10% of the wealthiest people in this country. She is a joke, and CNN you should be ashamed of yourself for thinking this was worth a ticker post!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Sue/PA

    NO WAY.....

    I totally agree with you on Wolf Blitzer...........The other thing him and Larry King do is allow the republican pundit/surrogate to talk over the democratic pundit/surrogate, spouting the GOP lies, then, they both allow the Republican to have the last long winded word....as of right now Jack Cafferty and Campbell Brown are the only two that are willing to jump on a lie and call it a lie.......................Wolf and Larry it is time for you both to do your job for the AMERICAN PEOPLE......not a political party.

    September 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Steve Bruening

    Kick her arrogant, hypocritical butt off the Democratic Platform committee. She, Hillary and Bill Clinton need to deal with the fact people didn’t want Hillary. The Democratic party needs to cut ties with people like this immediately. It’s completely acceptable not support a party's candidate, but to make a public spectacle is not acceptable. She and Lieberman need to go! Go throw your tantrums someplace else.
    If Obama doesn't win this election, the mantra in 2012 will be ABH, Anybody But Hillary

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

    The elitist is Forester!! And maybe she was in it because Hillary was a women and not for the policies that the Democrates stand for! Good riddance!!

    September 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. Mike

    She and President Palin (He is 72 you know) can go Moose hunting together. It all makes sense. After all there are just canyon size differences between Clinton and OBama's platform. I can see how Mccain-Palin emulate what Clinton stands for.

    September 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Peter

    Check out what "Dude" wrote above at 8:15 am ET...

    First off, if you're going to make any sort of a point, at least try to put together a structured, properly spelled sentence. Your argument is undermined by your inability to express yourself in a professional, or at least legible, manner. These are the majority of McCain's voters; uneducated, uninformed rednecks who only care about one thing: Obama is black (and therefore can't be trusted).

    Second off, you call Obama an elitist because he has rich supporters, yet some of the wealthiest people in the country are Republicans. McCain owns 7 houses and his wife is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. His tax breaks will not benefit you. You will not see a single dime from his economic policy. The real elitists (like Rothschild) are the ones who will benefit from the Republican party's tax plan.

    You literally have no idea what you're talking about. Please do everyone a favor and do some research before you post incoherent, ignorant statements.

    September 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. chris

    What a stupid witch. Crying because she didn't get her way.

    September 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Working Mom

    It's our satisfaction in knowing that even with all her money and "elities" views, this bigot could not even buy a win for the candidate she was backing. Who's smurking now?

    September 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. Really Dumb

    ok so this makes sense (not really). You are endorsing someone who is the opposite of everything Hillary stood for. Some people just have no brains. I don't want to hear any complaining and whining when we have 4-8 more yrs of what we have now. When you've lost your job due to a failing economy and you're homeless. Blame it on yourself.

    Wake up America.

    September 17, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. Robert Paul

    I must be a very comforting situation knowing that if someone says "I don't like him", you puff up your chest(socialists are very good at puffery), and brand the person a racist.

    This is the typical, thin skinned, insecure people who think the deserve the right to rule, you and me.

    Think what they will do if they have the power to do more than call you names....

    September 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. MD

    Hope she gets kicked out of the DNC

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

    Who cares????

    September 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. Matt in Austin

    Ms. "de Rothschild" (seriously, is that name made up?) is probably ticked because Obama never came and kissed her feet and personally asked her for money. You can be sure that McSame did...

    September 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Shows how selfish the rich can be.....she obviously does not care about what Hillary supported......only the fact that she was a women. I think Palin and her lack of qualifications will do well with this EX-DEMOCRAT. After all when you have been given everything on a silver platter (as McCain) you only need to show up with your name and checkbook. Fact is, we do not care who she supported in the past she is now a McCain Republican. I hope Monday was a great day for her...........she apparently wants 4 more years of the same. Screw the rest of us.

    September 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Lynn in Saint Louis, Missouri, of course

    Oh my, ladies, the LADY has spoken, let's all follow......sheesh! For a CEO she sounds more like she went to a finishing school instead of a woman who can think for herself. Obviously she doesn't care about the 95 percent of her co-Americans. How can anyone not like Obama, anyway. He is very polite, good husband and father, intelligent. What's not to like? And what's not to trust? Must be he is a Democrat. Must be she learned the word elite but doesn't know what it means. This is just too stupid. You just can't fix stupid. lol

    Maybe she "aspires" to taking the place of Palin when her shine wears off. As a CEO, she could run the country for John.

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

    Good for you Kathleen! So for the rest of you, anyone who does not vote for Obama according to you are racist. Since when is it racist to vote for the MAN not the PARTY. I would put Colin Powel, Condo Rice among others in the white house in a heart beat. Obama simply doesn't not cut it. I see nothing but disaster ahead and empty promises he can not fill. That is not racist. And all of you stop making up code words. Media especially. I"ve lived in the south all my life and have never heard of some of the "code" words you people claim mean anything and everything.

    You do not vote for the man simply because he is black or she is a woman. That is no criteria for running the country. Wake up and listen and really see who has the experience to keep the terrorists at bay and who can help fix the economy. The congress has been democratic for 2 years now and have achieved nothing. The Democrats have been handing out goodies for years and years and years and still people are living in poverty. And yet they want to give out more goodies and more programs for underprivledged. Do you people not get it? Education, work, and make your own way. Stop being so dependent on the party to bail you out, and pull you up. It simply doesn't work.

    September 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. Chuck

    Rothschile is a RACIST.

    Bill and HIllary has endorsed Obama countless times.

    So what is left? Skin color

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

    As a white woman, I read 'elitist' from someone like her, and I see the word 'uppity'. How dare that black man ascend to our heights, right? Her calling anyone elitist is hypocrisy personified.

    September 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. BA

    Who is she and who cares. An heiress with 8 houses is more of an elitist and a man who would leave his disabled wife isnt very trustworthy!

    September 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Phil

    "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."

    she's calling obama an elitist? this is comedy gold. she has a career in stand-up in front of her. is this you, andy kauffman, in disguise as a pampered fundraiser scorned?

    September 17, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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