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.


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  1. Rhea

    SHE thinks Obama is an elitist???? I am laughing at the baroness de Rothchild...ha!

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Brian, NJ

    First,

    Explain to me please where this is news. Second, the elitist is clearly this woman.

    I love how an half African-American man who was raised by a single mother and his grandmother is suddently an elitist because he went to Harvard. The Clinton's went to Yale Law School, have much more money than the Obama's, but he is an elitist. What a joke.

    And if he loses, no way Hillary gets it in 2012. Obama backers will go for Sebelius.

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Anti Palin...Pro Women

    ============who care?

    =====================we don't need people like that in our team.

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. marilyn walker

    If you only raised 100,000 dollars for clinton I won't call you a big backer....a whinner yes because you didn't get your way..Lady it is the people that wants Obama and if that is your attitude they don't want you anyways...all I see is problems. Is it because he's black?? Shame on you

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Chris

    Just a bitter feminist who doesn't care about the country.

    How can someone who raises $100,000 for anyone's campaign call someone else an elitist?

    Guess she cared more that Hillary was a woman than what she stood for as a person.....

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. dp

    Let me get this straight her name is Rothchild (by marriage) and she thinks Obama is a racist. While I'm not someone who ordinarily thinks oppostion to Obama is racist, when someone gives such an implausible and hypocritical reason, what else can you conclude?

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. spoton

    thought i would respond on obama and taxes as that article is closed. the wealthy 20% pay most all the taxes now.what would be a fair percentage of the total tax burden they should pay.also anyone in the top 20% pays the highest tax rate already(not including social security also called payroll taxes)as obama does not consider them taxes in his tax plan although you make 125000 and you will be losing more of your income without increased benefits.the real problem with our economy is the amount of money our country spends.regardless of how much wealth the govt confiscates the appetite is to spen even more,obama proposes spending much more.the only hope is to decrease govt size and unfunded programs and deficit spending.the next president needs to veto all spending bills that exceed our income.all bills need to be presented unbundled so each stands on its on merit.currently congress is bundleing bills together and not even allowing vote up or down in their own body.some bipartisanship.dont be fooled .obama and dems will not work with duly elected repubs for the benefit/salvation of america.mcain has in the past and will in the future.elect mccain and give him more repub senators/congressman and he will force bipartisan govt.hes proved this in past.it may be americas last best chance.

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Kevin - IN

    I think it's a mark of great progress when poorer folks are called "elitist" by richer folks.

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Liberalist

    Sorry Democrats...the Band wagon is emptying! The only Music you will be hearing soon is the "the fat lady singing"!

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. geezlouise

    I have to agree with most of the comments here that this woman's comments about Obama being an "elitist" is like the pot calling the kettle black. Pure and simple racism if you ask me. And it's a real shame too because people like Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and all those who support civil rights and equality worked so hard and sacrificed their lives to see the day when a black man or a woman or someone who isn't of the status quo (white male) to be a leader. I think it's time that this country finally put it's money where it's mouth is and quit touting ourselves as being the land of opportunity when its denied to those who aren't W.A.S.P's. Yes, it is time for a change, America, a big change and its those who harbor racist/sexist feelings who are scared. But things can't remain the same forever and they never do...

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. s collard

    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 doesn't trust Obama because HE is an ELITIST? hhhmmm

    This says much about that part of the party of the people pandering to corporacracy first, consumers last.

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Troy

    Smells like a Republican to me. Let her spend her money the way she wants.

    If she wants Clinton as a president in 2012 though she should've thought about this decision. Hillary will have people like her to thank when all of us "would be" Clinton supporters in 2012 get the CLINTON FLU because of self-serving folks like Rothschild.

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. linwal

    LOL...Who is more of an elitist than this high profile woman. She is bitter because Hill lost.

    She was never a true dem in the first place. Plus, her life style will not change just like the republicans she is supporting.

    Everyday people need a change we can believe in.

    September 17, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. changing times

    Are you kidding me! Who is she and who cares? She's obviously not being effected by the disastrous American economy that has been crippled by McInsane and Bush. She and McCain need to go back to their multiple houses and leave the American people alone.

    September 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. James

    I find it so funny that these sourpuss Clinton supporters will vote for this man even though he is against everything that Clinton is for. America really is full of moronic people, mostly Republicans.

    September 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. pkm

    to all of you that is hoping Barack will loose in Nov. And think Hillary will be back in 2012. Just remember she needs his supporters to win. And if he doesn't win then she and her nasty bitter supporters are the blame and she will never win in 2012. She may not even come out of the primaries. And dont think just because we got 4 more years of the same we will be desperate to put her in, but I WILL REMEBER THIS ELECTION and how nasty people were and I will not be casting my vote for her. I am not the only one that feels this way. so just get over it he won fair and square. The pary will never recover.

    September 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. rightytighty

    Obviously no one ever really cared about what Lynn actually thought, only about her ideology. Boy I love to watch progressive democrats eat their own.

    Ha Ha!!

    September 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Mississippi Man

    How many house does she have

    September 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Nia from Minneapolis

    Elitist? From her? Real women know the score and are voting Obama.

    September 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Barbara E., New York, NY

    Well, since Carly Fiorina has been banished from the McCain camp for her stupid comment about Palin, McCain, Obama and Biden not being competent enough to run a corporation, the GOP has had to find another woman to walk the talk.

    Too bad this one's a Rothschild, which undercuts her "frankly-I-don't-like-him" reason for not supporting Obama. She bears one of the oldest and best known banking names in the world, and her family's U.S. holdings will be protected more under McCain than Obama.
    The McCainiacs are so gleeful to exploit her turncoat credentials, they don't see the elitism and hypocrisy here.

    September 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Lucy

    IDIOCY

    September 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. COLLINS GIBSON

    Obama campaign strategists should have long figured out that the more they spare direct attacks on Sarah Pelin, the more they depict her as kind of Infallible and too special, and the more they thus directly paint her as greator and more special. She therefore enjoy unopposed bask on the offensive. It's time to offend her so we can also see how she deffends when attacked.

    September 17, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. Obama WILL win FL

    This women was NEVER really for Hillary..... she was ALWAYS a secret Republican. She was always a female version of the two-faced Joe Leiberman.

    September 17, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. OUBon

    Typical hater. We didn't need her in our camp anyway. She's a turncoat.

    September 17, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. Independent Voter from Indiana

    I loooove it when rich people call each other elitist. They're all elitists, you think this woman fly's coach when she's jet setting back and forth across the pond?

    I also Looove all these people who were going to vote for Clinton simply because she was a woman. Now they will vote for McCain because now he has a woman on the ol ticket. Take Amber for instance, she signs "McCain 08 / Clinton 12". Ha! McCain will have us in war with Iran and Russia before 2012 gets here. We'll be lucky to be breathing at that time much less running elections. Plus, you think we'll elect a "sniper dodger" at that time over good ol "war first diplomacy second" McCain. Not likely. You want Hillary Clinton in the white House, you better hope Obama wins.

    September 17, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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