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. clysly desales

    Obama is raised as by a single mom who never owned her own home, and eventually dies of breast cancer for having no insurance coverage. ELITIST???

    Rotschild......shuttles between dollars and pounds at a momets' notice accuses him of being an.....ELITIST???

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Max

    How can she do this with McCain's ticket being so anti-women? It's shocking and disappointing.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    If you don't support Obama your a racist? If you dislike Obama your a racist?

    That has been the campaign strategy since day one. It's getting old.

    He not qualified. Just like Palin is not Qualified. (oh wait, is that sexist?)

    Wake up. Obama has people who go ont o blogs and post this dribble.

    If your dumb enough not to see that, then you don't deserve the right to vote.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Ashley

    I still cannot fathom why anyone who campaigned for Hillary would support someone who stands for everything she was against. I suppose this aging bag is far beyond the years where she has to worry about her reproductive rights, but as someone who clearly travels internationally, you would hope that she would support the team that has some notion of how to engage other nations diplomaticaly. The elitist quote simply is icing on a gigantic, illogicial cake.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Terry from GA

    That's her perogative to change her mind but I would like to ask her is she really a democrat?

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Dennise

    I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....
    * If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."
    * Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.
    *Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
    * Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
    * If you spend 3 years as a community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.* If your total resume is: sports reporter, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive. Let's call it what it is. You don't think he's entilted to the "American Dream". Why??

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Kee

    For those of you who are commenting that there will be many many on election day that will follow in her footsteps keep in mind that there will be many many more that will be there supporting Obama. This woman, just like McCain, has no clue. You vote for what you believe in, the issues at hand, not for simple ignorant reasons such as she has listed. If she was a true Clinton supporter, there is NO WAY IN THE WORLD she could vote and endorse McCain and Palin. Palin wants to remove women's rights yet our eyes are so blinded by "we all know what" that we can't think clearly. Give me a break. People like you are the reason the economy is in the shape it's in today. Anyone that votes to keep things the way they are are just plain IGNORANT. THese last 8 years have been some of the worst America has seen yet we as Americans want to continue down this path while foreigners abroad laugh at us and call us stupid. They get it, but we don't. I encourage all to get out and register as many people as you can to vote. Look at the boom of registered voters over the last few weeks. We will make a difference and we will see VICTORY!!!!!!! Go OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. nordstrom

    "I feel he is an elitist," says filthy rich CEO Lynn Forester de Rothschild.

    Is she trying to get her face on "The Daily Show" or something?

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

    I think anyone who votes for McCain/Palin are the ones who are elitist meaning that you also are well off and has not struggled during the Republican being in office. You are either elitist, racist, ignorant to the world around you, or angry that a black man has done something that the world has said that we cant do. Just to let you know We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us no matter how much you say that we cant. I'm tired of this racist stuff. We bleed red blood all the same, we die and we will have to meet God one day so what makes anyone any better than the next person. Time out for the ignorance! Grow the heck up!!! oh by the way wake up

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Maggie

    Just because someone is smarter than you does not make them an elitist.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. sharon

    so the dems lose 1 vote...big deal.. come on CNN..real news please.

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. George

    Good for her. At least someone's coming to their senses!

    September 17, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Nancy

    One thing i've enjoyed is watching a bunch of rich spoiled people toss around the word 'elitist' as an attack. Mirror mirror on the wall kiddies.

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Jennifer TX

    What a way of supporting the doom to WOMEN'S RIGHTS!!!! AND how ignorant can you be, if you are voting based on liking a person and not the POLITICS they stands for!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Susan

    "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."

    And she thinks a guy raised by a single mother is an elitist? Really? Does she even know what food stamps ARE?

    "elitist" seems to be the new Republican code for "too smart".

    After 8 years of stupid, I'm ready for smart....

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. Mike

    Don't be foolish. Clinton has no chance in 2012 precisely because of people saying these things...even tho the majority of people saying it are republicans faking they are former Clinton supporters. She's ruined. She won't get one vote from an Obama supporter if he loses as a result of this nonsense.

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. gl

    Big deal who needs her when you got over 500,000 first time voters that are supporting Obama at large. Cry me a river. She looks to rich to and like McShame doesn't that the economy is bad.

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. M. Bryan

    An elitist is not someone who marries money, but a person who
    has worked his way from the bottom up? Unbelieveable!!!!!!!!!
    Putting on a baseball cap and leaving off coat and tie does not a
    make one a "commoner", it only looks common, and contrived,
    just as Cindy dressing down for a sashay among the NASCAR
    crowd and in a $100,000 plus get-up for the convention.
    McCain, with all that wealth, is not only taking all the donations
    that he can but also taxpayer's money. Married-into money is
    an easy way to become an elitist.
    Greed knows no bounds, whether for power or money.

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. indiePA

    Guess she should be removed from the Democratic Platform Committee. If she supports McBush, she shouldn't be participating in forming the platform and goals of the Democratic Party.

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. inuk of the north

    Welcome back from the darkside Lynn.

    There IS a cure for Obamitis after all.

    Enjoy the sunshine.

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Michigan Voter

    It's a free country...

    But I think people have to vote based on proposed policies and solutions.

    Remember 2000 & 2004? Oh how cute it was that people were more likely to have a beer with Bush than the other candidates?

    What did that get us???

    Think: ECONOMY, HEALTH CARE, WAR in Iraq, the future of our country and our relationship with the world.

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. Dennis

    Brilliant decision. O'Bama is so far to the left, so radical, that he's distasteful even to Hillary supporters. I agree that he can't be trusted. After almost 2 years into this campaign and with his frequent flip flops it's hard to tell where he stands on many of the issues. I think his friendships with radicals such as Ayers and Wright might provide a clue though.

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. Kasey

    This person is a complete moron. There is no doubt that she is backing McCain because of Palin. Trust me, I would love to see a woman in the white house, but it needs to be the RIGHT woman. Not Palin. This woman needs to get her head out of the clouds!

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Brooke in PA

    Good for her!!! She's not alone.

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Chris

    Hey Rothschild...take a hike!

    September 17, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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