September 17th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
6 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. i am not dumb...nor a whiner can you call anyone elitist when your name is


    this is one of a hell of aristocratic name. lol hahahahaha

    and you vote someone that goes against all the principle du "supposely" beleine in, because YOU DONT LIKE HIM ?

    well i think the reason is other then that...i dont see racism everywhere...but this is one case where it applies

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. mla

    Come on CNN, this woman has probably never even met Barack and she doesn't 'trust him'. Give me a break...John McCain's own sister-in-law isn't supporting him....COVER THAT STORY.

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. David, Silver Spring, MD

    When she says she doesn't trust him, she must be thinking back to the time one of those dreadful servants made off with a salad fork.

    What we're really seeing here is yet another big money big business interest siding with the Republicans.

    What we're really seeing is an example of wealth protecting its own. I'm sure she's in rabid support of John McCain's tax breaks for the rich and John McCain's support of ending the estate tax so the mega rich can build their dynasties over the generations.

    First against the wall, as they say....

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Peter

    SO WHAT?

    Obama / Biden 08.

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. Andrea

    What makes this lady so special that she is newsworthy? Really who cares!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Saad from NJ

    It would matter if she a little better looking – on the contrary, I wonder if she is man or a woman or perhaps something in between.... lol

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. Woman

    What can a freshman senator know about leading the country???????? You are smart , McCain is the man !

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. b.mclane

    McCain is a "real" person with core beliefs who chose another 'real" person with core beliefs as his running mate. The Obama campaign is a study in "acting".


    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Tony

    Should have known she would be an ignorant white woman.

    Hey Lynn: May I pour you some more Kool-Aid?

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. clm

    why does it always have to be a racial thing when someone doesn't want to vote for this man – can't they just dislike him and what he stands for? And since when do you have to vote for the party person even if you don't agree with them? How many people are voting him because he is black and why is that OK?

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Harmon

    Every time you hear "elitist" it code for "he's an uppity negro who doesn't know his place." I'm not saying she and everyone who says that is racist, but I believe racism plays a role.

    He grew up poor. Why are the Clinton not elitists – they went to Ivy League schools too. Why is George Bush not elitist?

    I thought we want young black men to be educated and well-spoken.

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. Louise

    Who cares?

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Pat

    she calls Mr. Obama an elitists-yeah right, and gender and race has nothing to do with her decision-she should be ashamed of herself-

    who care what she says

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. Flora

    Wonder what happened between her the Cintons. I saw a mighty cute picture of them in Brtish Vogue.Perhaps she is jealous of Sarah Palin's media attention and wants to try and steal it.Perhaps because she is going to be more highly taxed?Welcome to the party of yesterday! What a drag it is getting old. Not enough media attention,

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. Tom Bruce, Brooklyn, NY

    I think the only difference between Ms. de Rothschild and many other Democrats is that she chose to go public with her choice. A number of commentators above have insinuated, even stated outright, that she must be racist. Therefore, I believe a lot of Democrats, for very good other reasons than race, are turning against Obama but being quiet about it so they aren't tarred with the same brush. As for me, within a country of 301 million, I should think that we could come up with someone more qualified than either of these candidates.

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Elaine Matuszek

    A DeRothschild thinks that this son of a single mom is an elitist!! She and Cindy will have lots to talk about as they clip coupons. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. CC

    There is no doubt in my mind that she is endorsing McCain because she does not want to see a black president in charge of this country. There are so many democrats including her that is voting for McCain because he is white. If you are voting for a republican and you are a democrat then you were never really a true democrat. Democrats do not vote for republicans unless you decided to switch to republican. You cannot be both. This just shows that this country is full of a lot of people who are still racist. Obama is just as cable of leading this country as McCain, Palin, and definitely Bush. He is the change that we can believe in.

    September 17, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. John McPain

    Yes, not liking Obama personally is a good reason to screw the country over.

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Jean

    That woman is an opportunist. She is not a democrat. She has been using the democratic party so that she can get what she wants.

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Madelyn Stainback

    How in the world can anyone that supported Hillary Clinton support the McCain/Palin ticket? Sarah Palin and John McCain will set the progress women have made back at least 50 years. Some people just don't think. Why does she think Obama is an elitest, because he is a black man that went to Harvard? Noone seems to think that a not so bright son of an oil baron going to Harvard is elitest.

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Tru Dem

    By the way before you leave for the Republican party Hillary is waiting on her check you promised...

    WHO is SHE calling elitist???? Rothschild, the name alone rings elitist.

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Melissa

    And she is not an elitist? And McCain is not an elitist? And Clinton is not an elitist?

    ...come on....people

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Scott

    What we are seeing here is the development of a new definition of the word 'elitist'. Instead of refering to the wealthy, artistocratic, "old money" members of society that feel that they are better than others simply by their birthright, 'elitist' now means anyone who is intelligent, highly educated, uses science to back up facts, and has complex strategies for addressing issues. Republicans don't like people like this, sine they want someone that they can have a beer with. The true 'elitists' don't like people like this either, because they make them feel stupid. For Obama it's particularly bad because he was born to a poor a single mom, exactly the type of person that real 'elitists' exclude from them social network.

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Andrew M.

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild seems to express the exact sentiment of many of the voting public. She wants to vote for who she "likes." This reminds me the many who decided in 2000 and 2004 to vote for the guy they could "have a beer with." Sure (though I find this hard to believe), back then people actually "liked" Bush and could relate to him. Perhaps he didn't intimidate them with attributes such as intelligence and knowledge on foreign affairs or the economy. And look at the results, 8 years of destroying our country.

    Well here we are again in 2008 and people still want to vote for a candidate based on likability alone. Haven't we learned that this is not enough? Shouldn't we give the smart guy a chance this time? Obama has proven through his community service, ethics reform legislation in the senate and countless other votes in favor of the public good, that he actually cares about the American people. He doesn't just say he does and then does the opposite like McCain. Thanks to McCain presiding over the biggest deregulation movement in our government's history, our economy is crumbling. McCain doesn't care about the regular guy, he cares (as many elites do) about maintaining his staggering wealth and power. Shouldn't we let the good guys have a go at the white house this year?

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. b. Krause

    Guess I missed something in the translation: How is it that de Rothschild, with financial interests worldwide, gets to call Obama an "elitist?" Exactly the kind of spin that will hopefully sink the McCain illusion.

    September 17, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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