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.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
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  1. OLM

    Then Lady de Rothschild should resign from the DNC and declare herself a Republican. Turncoat.

    September 17, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  2. Johannesdatter

    I'm with you, Lynn. I've never voted Republican before, so I'm in new territory....but I have voted my conscience whenever possible, and in this election I am voting for the McCain/Palin ticket. Obama's record of stepping on women to climb to the top is consistent, at least...he began by stepping on Alice Palmer, not meeting her in an open election where voters could decide, but instead taking the gutless approach of finding a way to have her ballot petition signatures invalidated....and his record on this style of operating hasn't gotten prettier from there. John McCain has a personal and political history of depth of belief and strength of character, and both he and Sarah Palin have impressive records of reform. I have really lost faith with the Democratic Party...so after 35 years of voting as a registered Democrat, I'm leaving the flock.

    September 17, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  3. Anonymous

    A Rothschild calling someone elitist?! That's rich..(pun possibly intended). I hope the media tells us a little bit more about the person trying to make news here, not just the subject/target.

    September 17, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  4. Missy

    Pure ignorance! She was obviously never a Democrat to start with. Glad to see such ignorance go!

    September 17, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  5. Silent John

    Trying to stir this one up again???? Give it a rest!

    September 17, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  6. Brian from Ohio

    Traitor! She obviously don't know how to choose the wining team. She raised money for Hillary's failed presidential bid and now she's endorsing McCain's inevitable failed presidential bid. Thanks! You sure know how to pick'em!!!

    September 17, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  7. Russ

    What kind of people did Hillary have working for her? This is insane and shows a complete lack of loyalty. No wonder everything came unglued around Clinton as she sought the nomination. What are the Clintons up to now???

    September 17, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  8. madtal

    A Rothschild calls Obama elitist??? Now that hurts!

    September 17, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  9. Shawnna

    Wow....Obviously Mrs. Forester wasn't a Hillary supporter based on the issues because in that respect Hillary and Obama are virtually the same. If she now endorses McCain it makes me wonder if Obama's race has anything to do with it. Some people are sad. Also speaking of mistrust, how can she support a ticket that has flat out lied on just about every ad that he has run. And don't get me started on his VP pick. McCain-Palin are the elitists lady.

    September 17, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  10. rubenvillanueva

    Shes lame, and selfish. Im sure she hasn't lost her job or home.

    I will never support McCain the lier.

    September 17, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  11. Jason Dickey

    OH NO!!! Lynn Forrester de Rothchild! That will change the minds of Hillary Supporters everywhere. NOT!!! Why would anyone care what this yenta has to say? And she gets a press conference?

    September 17, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  12. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Wow, talk about sour grapes. This woman is insanely vengeful. McCain stands for NOTHING positive for women.

    Wasilla, when Palin was mayor, was the only town in Alaska to require rape victims to pay for their exams. And McCain voted against Biden's Violence Against Women Act.

    September 17, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Palin gets more people at her events and more press coverage than John McCain. Proving once again that no one can handle any job better than a woman. At least some of the democrates have finally learn that.

    Palin/McCain '08

    September 17, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  14. Mar

    Good for her! Finally someone speaking their mind and not swallowing the hope dope. Hope there are many more to follow.
    McCain/Palin – former Hillary supporter!

    September 17, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  15. Phil

    Riiight...because you -certainly- aren't an elitist if you're married to an international banker and split your time between London and New York.

    September 17, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  16. Juan Grain

    Another rich Banker worried about what is comming down the pike!

    September 17, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  17. Dawn

    Talk about old news. You reported this months ago.. So we all know she's a women scorned who would cut off her nose to spite her face.

    A lifetime multi-millionaire women calls Obama an elitist? Are you kidding?

    I don't care about this women, how about the issues? Or don't you have the guts because you're afraid of being called "sexist"?

    September 17, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  18. Sharon Kitchen

    I guess when you live "abroad" and are wealthy, you can "afford" this type of choice. Most Americans that I know are backing Obama.
    I could not vote for someone that I know who is lying and has the background so intangled with the "old" school of doing buisness,Keating5 for example. Or Have a vp choice that is intangled with legal problems from the get go.I certainly will not vote for anyone that helps big oil.........Times ,they are a changing.............

    Go Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  19. What?

    What an idiot.

    September 17, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  20. greatnessneverfellsofarfromthemark

    who's the elitist? She should go and have tea and moose crumpets Palin. Good ridance.

    September 17, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  21. falling in line? Bah!

    Is anyone really surprised by this. You either love or hate Obama ~ he is that polarizing. He has single handedly set race relations and womens rights back, oh, about 40 years.

    September 17, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  22. WILLIAMS

    Mrs. Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, "What a joke", this is another example of a true elite feeling insecure because a uncoventional candidate dares to hope, dream, and be the embodiment of opportunity. Lynn Forester de Rothschild can support the sinking McCain Bush ship all she wants, but please immeadiately quit the Democractic party. Let her go with lies, deceipt, warmongering and the like, while the country spirals deeper in to depression.

    September 17, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  23. kim

    Thats a pretty big change in principals lady. like totally opposite. Democrats and elitism are like oxymorons. Why dont you just say it? Go ahead and say I just dont feel comfortable with an african american leading the country. Look in the mirror, your slip is showing.

    September 17, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  24. Will T.

    So, she feels Hillary's policies would be closer to McCains,? She is in it for herself. And how can someone living in castles call someone else elitist? And, why is this news? We did not know who she was until she started -itching about Hillary not getting the nomination.

    September 17, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  25. Andrea

    I hope your endorsement serves you well, if not don't come running back!!!!

    September 17, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
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