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
soundoff (1,538 Responses)
  1. Peter

    Another in a long list of symptoms that the Democratic Party is DOA with Obama.

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Nik

    And this is news because.......?

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Samantha Hurst

    I really get disgusted when I hear people call Barack Obama an elitist. It just comes out sounding like such a racist comment. Is Ms. Forester really saying that she doesn't think he is "Black" enough for her expectations of a non-white president. Is she saying she'd rather have a candidate who is well over-aged and out of sync with the contemporary world to be a president ...... than a whip smart, steady, pragmatic, leader .... like Barack Obama. Give me a break!

    There is no logic in being a woman and moving from Hilary Clinton to John McCain.

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Reality Check richmond virginia

    who cares..........talk about an elitest. I hope the Dems kick her off the commitee. It would be nice to see them show some backbone.

    The GOP has 10 times the elitist factor of the Dems.

    September 17, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Nannie Bouroughs

    Still another INTELLIGENT person getting off of the Oblama Kool Aid and joining the WINNING TEAM!

    WELCOME!

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. ric

    McCain / Palin 08 !!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. LT

    I guess if Obama was a shuffling, poorly spoken, half-angry, Black man he would not be elitists. HOW ON EARTH CAN A WEALTHY MEMBER OF THE ROTHSCHILD CLAN CALL ANYONE ELITISTS. POOR FOOL.

    LT

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Debra

    It is obvious this woman has a problem with black men who are educated and carry themsevles with confidence and dignity. What is he supposed to do walk with a hung down head and droopy shoulders? Get over it this is a "new day".

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. Deb, Oklahoma

    Me too, the Dems had their chance and blew it.

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. David

    I'm 62, a life-long democrat and haven't made up my mind yet. Perhaps, if the candidates would talk about the issues that concern everyday Americans the electorate could make an informed choice. As Russert would have said issues, issues, iissues.Scaring Americans with doomsday rhetoric about the other guy doesn't do it.

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. Meaningless Wench

    she means nothing.

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. Woman

    Obama called Hillary's supporters from the rural areas (conformed by mainly white poeple): "bitter and frustated" .... We are not idiots, Obama you are racist !

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. Mike Kaplan

    Wait- so someone named de Rothschild, an heiress to a gigantic fortune who has been treated like royalty, is calling Barack Obama an "elitist"? Does she completely lack any sense of irony? What an idiot. What a complete, total idiot.

    Still, she's probably smarter than Sarah Freaking Palin.
    And any of you who think she's qualified to be President.

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. paul William

    She feels she has not solid reason to trust him,,,,nor do I,
    she probably wont come out and say it,,but she probaby has some better insight on what he really thinks than the average jane.

    You all think he could be the first black pres,,,he could be the first arab pres. he is by some accounts more arab than he is black.

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. Matt

    WHERE DOES SHE PAY HER TAXES?

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. EArl

    What a joke!! She's calling him an elitist?

    This person is just the type who talks loud with money and says nothing!

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. Bill

    How stupid and racist can one be? McCain is diametrically opposed to almost everything Hillary Clinton is for, not to mention the vacuous Gov. Palin.

    September 17, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. Becky

    Forester, if you think Obama is an elitist, then what is McCain with 7+ houses?

    Hillary-supporters who will vote for McCain instead of Obama truly were never about the issues, in my opinion.

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. Penny

    Lady DeRothschild, one of the rich and famous, an elitist, calling Barack Obama an elitist....WOW!

    JUST HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE!

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Eli

    Thank you for updating the image to match the article.

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. Bob, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Hey, Jules...is what "isn't right" the color of his skin?Sounds like it to me. Especially given the unnecessary mention of Obama's mother's taste in men. God help you.

    CNN POST ME

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. Noah G

    Excuse me? A Rothschild who raises over $100,000 for her chosen candidate, calling community organizer Barack Obama an elitist? She doesn't even have her own talking points. We should all do our history homework, and not using a textbook either.

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. Cincy Nurse

    I am with this woman all the way!! Don't let the news or the view fool you...there are more of us changing sides than Not! Bring on November!

    McCain/Palin '08
    Hillary Clinton '12

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. soulkat

    what experience does mccain have?! people keep yelling that obama has little experience, but if people CARE to do research they will see there is no real correspondence between experience and great presidencies...check it out.... http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2008/Info/experience.html . it also comes down to this, can the vp run the country in the event that the president can't? i wholeheartedly trust biden to run this country than palin...who do u trust?

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. Bill

    She's smart not to trust Obama. He has a murky past, filled with shady characters and a unclear political position that he refines constantly.

    September 17, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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