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
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  1. Eyes wide open

    Who Cares!?

    She's an "elitist" multi-millionaire with homes in London and New York.

    People's racism really shows when they dont get what they want . . . .That uppity negro should know his place. Sounds like something a Rethuglican would say!

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. R Wolf, Ventura, Ca.

    What a stupid rich idiot. Hillary doesn't share any of the same values, platforms, beliefs or focuses as McCain does, so how could you possibly be a supporter of hers and then stab her in the back by voting McCain?

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

    Stupid bull dike... She is a perfect example of somebody not intelligent enough to vote... In my opinion anybody that is willing to vote for a 3rd Bush term is to stupid to vote.

    September 17, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. hueybp08

    I don't understand this lady how can she possibly be a hillary supporter when she is going against what hillary stands for such as equal pay for women. some of you hillary supporters need to wake up because if obama loses hillary may not have a chance ever cause we might don't have an economy after mcpalin is done.

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

    TRUE DEMOCRATS always want something for nothing,FREE HEALTH CARE,FREE THIS,FREE THAT.Here someone that puts COUNTRY first,not PARTY first.That's CHANGE everybody wants so bad!

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Sharon

    Amazing that an elite that lives in both New York and London has the gall to call Obama an elitist. A man who has worked for everything that he has gotten. He did not marry into money.

    More than likely, she wants to keep business as usual. No regulation and more tax cuts for the wealthy. You can tell that she really cares about Main Street America.

    What was the quote? " It is really hard for me". Yet, she will be helping McCain all the way until election. The only name that comes to mind is Judas! It may be a blessing that she switches to the Republican party. And a press conference to announce the change!!! What audacity!!! With all of the problems on Wall Street, people loosing their homes and jobs, do we really care what this woman says or does??? America stick with the issues and vote to move America forward not for big business. I can only hope that we have learned our lesson after these 7 years.

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Rodham Democrat

    How many houses does this woman own?

    And would Carly Fiorina feel she's qualified to run a major corporation?

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Sandy

    She's certainly welcome to her opinion and free to vote her conscious, but her explanation sounds rather child-like and immature. "I just don't like him" is kind of a shallow comment. Oh well, to each, his own.

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Anthony

    Did you vote for me or did you vote for the issues I represent? This lady is a turn coat oppurtunist and I hope CNN doesn't give this any air time. Give me a break

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Obi

    Even though I am an independent and for the most part voted for a candidate and in the past voted Bush for preidency. Silly people and evil intentions should never be allowed in American politics.....John King, Larry King, ANderson Cooper (biggest joke in reporting), Wolf Blitzer should all be removed ....CNN has lost it and ought to go off air for a while and reinvent itself as a news organzation with real journalists not pretend ones. The joke has gone too far for too long. Its not fair that people should see American journalism as a culture of lies and half truths all because of people like CNN

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Bridget

    Who's the elitist? Hmmmmmm...

    "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."

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Barb

    Good for her! Love it when a Democrat sees what's best for the country and votes for the right ticket. Welcome!!

    McCain/Palin....2008!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Sherry for Obama

    Can we say prejudice..

    If Obama was white she would have no problem with him.

    She 's the one thats a uppity whitey

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Randy Clifford

    Obama is an ELITIST!Give me a break lady. And while you are at it , with all your money , one would think you could get a better hairdo and makeup job. There's so much "grease " on your face , it is reflecting the lighting from the camera. And I am sure you paid high dollars for the "fashion" photographer to take that picture. Anyone who could support Hillary and then support McCain is an idiot! The Republican platform is OPPOSITE the Democratcic platform. Either you are for abortion or against it. Either you are for higher taxes or against them. Either you are for this war or against it. You don't "like Obama"! Lucky Obama! You wouldn't know the real world if you fell into it! Get a life and get rid of the nannies , jet planes , limos and servants!

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. JD

    An Obama win means Hill is on the side line for another 8 years (not to mention most americans fleeing the country) at which time see will be pushing 70 years old. We (both parties) know that will not happen give the Clinton's ego and political machine.

    McCain/Palin 2008!!

    I would like to see a Palin/Jindal vs Hillary/Bayh grudge match!!

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Randy Horton

    Let's see...the CEO of EL Rothschild who lives part time in New York City and part time in London is calling Barack Obama an elitist? There is an old saying about pots and kettles that comes to mind. It's supporters like this who turned me away from my original support for Hillary Clinton. After all, it's CEOs of multinational corporations and holding companies that got us into the financial mess we are in from the beginning. At least one good thing has come out of all of this: as a New Yorker, I get to vote against Hillary Clinton when she runs again for the Senate. I used to trust her, but not any more. I trust neither Clinton nor the CEO of El Rothschild.

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. rob

    They will tear her down just like they are doing to Palin. How long untill some "scandal" emerges about her.

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Jeff

    Go Hillary! This four years will fly by! Let the next campaign start November 5, 2008! I've seen this trainwreck coming for months! Obama can't win and he won't win! This Obama phenomenon has got to come to an end!

    September 17, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. disma

    De Rothschild calling Barack an ELITIST??? As if...

    Perhaps she is supporting McCain so they can haggle over the number of houses each of them own.

    As a woman, and a former supporter of Hilary, I say Good riddens, Ms De Rothschild. We don't need you.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. All knowing sage

    I hope the Dems mine this for gold: McCain's ROTHSCHILD international-banking friends!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Neal

    Looks like she has a history of supporting losers.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. John in Ohio

    "She's not alone, Alma Sanford Chairman of the Democratic Party in TN is voting and supporting McCain now."

    The Democratic Party in Tennessee. Hmm. Wonder what coulld be motivating that move. I wonder what difference could be pushing them away from the Democratic Party.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. bennita

    the real reason is because he is black.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Hill Supporter

    Thank you, Lynn. I'm supporting McCain, too. I, too, believe he is elitist and should be teaching at some university not running for president. The Democratic establishment just does not get it.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. Jason

    Whatever her reasons for not voting for Obama, I appreciate someone who can look past party lines and vote based on their view of how the candidate will lead. I think it is rediculous that people vote party lines and not on the credibility of the candidate.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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