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
soundoff (1,538 Responses)
  1. former democrat

    Elitism is not necessary the reflection of the money; it is the reflection of behavior and attitude. I’ve seen poor people behaving like kings. The way of the senator Obama behave is of a typical elitist, he does it naturally unconsciously. It says something about his deeply seeded complex of inferiority. There is no way I want him to be a President of the US.

    September 17, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. tara

    Wow....there was no mention of race.

    If you haven't realized by now, it has nothing to do with race. It's trust.

    September 17, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Darkness is no match for a spark of light!

    To Adam (sept. 17, 2008 – 8:22am ET),
    Give your head a shake. It's quite frightening to imagine your hateful blindness. it's pathetic.

    Annie is right: Small minds can be dangerous!

    But here is the twist, friends: good will always overcome evil. Darkness is no match for a spark of light. The good people of America will rise up on Nov 4th 2008 against these vile lies that has caused hateful blindness, to vote Obama/Biden for the next 4 + 4 years.

    So tell Ms. Forester to prepare for her London home coming in 2009, as she there will be no more tax cuts for her outsourcing investments abroad.

    OBAMA/Biden'08
    yes, they can!

    September 17, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. gossipseeker

    i wish people would get over "liking" someone as their barometer for picking a president. as an adult i can make a concerted decision to pick a president based upon values, plan for america, and CHARACTER. i would pick a president because hurt my friend (the clinton's) feelings. be wise. as a woman mccain doesn't have my best interest in mind...that's how i am picking the president. how 'bout you?

    September 17, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. CR

    ***** TRAITOR ****

    September 17, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Jules: "now he thinks he is somebody.... There is something about Obama that isn't right."
    -------–

    1) He is somebody; he's a US Senator and Democratic nominee for president.

    2) It's the color of his skin. Just say it.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Don

    Another Democrat for McCain. I love the way the Obama sheep cry racism to anyone that votes against him. They have no idea how many millions that charge has turned off. Keep it up. I predict a McCain landslide. Just watch.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Kim

    This lady is not a Dem and never has been one. All these so called Hillary supporters need to stop pretending..... if you support Hillary then you support the Democrate Party.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Lex

    Clearly voting on the person and not the issues. Really shows that you can be affluent and just completely ignorant at the same time.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Linda NY

    "I just don't like him" translates to:

    A. oooo, he's black
    B. I use no logic or intelligence in my selection
    C. He hasn't returned my calls for lunch, how dare he ignore my money. I bet Cindy will go to lunch with me

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Keith Austin

    All I read was "He's an elitist" and stopped reading.

    HOW MUCH is she worth?

    I'm sure Obama is crying over losing the support of another rich arrogant snob. Good riddance.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Rodham Democrat

    The only endsorsement that matters is Hillary's.

    And she's supporting Obama and Biden.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Chestnut

    Obama's supporters are undermining his campaign on blogs like this by describing McCain's supporters as "racists." Independent non-party member like myself are being turned off by their rhetoric. Obama's bloggers are just killing him with the indepedents.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Jean

    No denying the "elitist" status when you leave the working men and women behind to attend your Celebrity Event in Hollywood.

    If he loses the election it's all on his shoulders for the way he's acted.

    Then again... does he really want the White House? Or will fame and popularity from this campaign be enough to propel his next 5 book deals?

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Kevin

    Someone who lives in London and New York and is worth millions is calling Obama an elitist??? That would be like W. calling Obama stupid.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. dan hoffman

    A Rothschild complaining that a guy who worked himself up from nothing is an elitist? This sounds like an SNL skit or a pilot for a sitcom. She should at least have the honesty to say she doesn't want to pay more taxes, because Obama will raise hers.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. BigDenver

    Another PUMA converts....ther are 18,000,000 of us and she is joining where the majority of us are going to VOTE!

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Gina

    People want to keep saying that Obama in no way can be elitis but i really don't think people understand the meaning of the word . It's not necessay the amount of money you have or how many house you have it's an attitude of a person Obama has an elitist attitude., you can be poor as hell an have an elities attitude that's his problem.He has many he keeps changing or flip flopping on issues he doesn't have along record and to be changing on issues as needed to effect the vote is wrong.I know Mccain does also but he does have a record to go back to to see that he has worked accross party line. I mean the biggest flip flop is peliose never drilling never now this monring thaey are talk about flip flop now it good for America all of a sudden, i guess they (Dems ) saw the poll numbers slipping and they wanted drill to look like it was there Idea Another democrate discusted with the dem party. Sexist party!!! Racist party!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. Jon Smithers

    rich people accusing others of being rich is getting very old.
    An elitist who paid his way through students loan to go to Harvard.
    Her husband ( 30 years her senior) is a billionaire?? She's been handed everything in her life.
    That's ballsy.
    Is this woman for real?

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Sarah

    jules: Elitist is a perception, not a reality. It is something that people can throw around to help with their uneasy feeling. That is why so many people think it boils down to race – because they honestly (and I honestly) dont understand where this "Elitist" stuff comes from. You say he goes around acting like he's God – well, I've certainly never seen him act like that. you pick and chose what you want to see – if something doesn't fit with the way you want to see him, you say its phony. There is no evidence that any of it is phony. You are spewing statistics that aren't even true.

    The Elitist doesn't ring true, because everything that people say about Obama, McCain acts *worse* about, but they dont level the same charges at him.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Bruce

    She is an elitist,,,come on splits time between NY and London...come on...
    Thisn is not news. had Hillary not run and run and caused split the party buit did the right thing when the handwriting was on the wall and dropped out, she might have been the VP pick.
    The racism of this country is showing...go ahead and vote for the old white guy and the bimbo...and just watch this country go into the toilet even worse than it is now...these two offer no hope,,,and hope is what we need.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. gbrown2

    She is IGNORANT!!!! Obama doesn't need your support!!! Turncoat!!! Lady take the blinders off!!! He is no more an ELITEST than Hillary Clinton!!! Another HATER!!!!!!!!! And you would put your TRUST in MCCain? That speaks VOLUMES about you!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Uncle Sam

    Being an elitist is not about how much money one has.
    It has to do with one's attitiude.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Typical White Person

    Elitism: The belief that certain persons or members of certain cl@sses or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their PERCEIVED SUPERIORITY, as in INTELLECT, social status, or financial resources.

    Obama has shown through his own words that he thinks his "intellect" makes him superior. He has "Harvard Educated" as the top line of his resume, and how many Bots were deriding Palin because she only has a bachelors degree?

    It's us typical bitter white people who cling to our guns and religion that will be making the difference in November – not neccesarily by voting FOR McCain, but voting AGAINST Obama – and it has nothing to do with his race and EVERYTHING to do with how we have been treated by his campaign, his deciples, and the press.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Matt in MS

    Did the CEO of an international holding company with a husband named "Sir Evelyn" just call Barack Obama an elitist?

    I must need more coffee.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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