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
soundoff (1,538 Responses)
  1. I miss Hillary

    She's calling him an Elitist? Huh? Can't she come up with something original? She states that she doesn't like him so why does she also say that it was a hard decision for her to make? Apparently, it wasn't.

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. tony

    Six women's rights groups endorse Obama

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. sm

    At least we now know that McCain would be the better CEO and Commander-In-Chief.

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Rachelbsw

    Are you SERIOUS, Mrs. de Rothschild. You're really trying to call Obama an elitist? Oh the irony! If you don't like him, it's because YOU are too much of an elitist. How about you stay on the other side of the Atlantic, please.

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. She's a Racist

    In other words she's saying he's black and I'm a racist. That's easy enough to figure out.

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Rudine McCluan

    It absolutely amazes me that someone who sits on the DNC national committee would support John McCain. Where are her Democratic principles? Did her Big D only follow a celeb. like Hillery Clinton? I just wonder if this is really about race. What Democratic in their right mind would back a candidate like Sarah Palin? She is a right wing religous finatic who will try to impose her beilef system on every aspect of government. God Help the United States if John McCain becomes president. We will have more ups and downs in the finincial markets because of his belief in lack of oversite. Go for it Ms. Forest De Rothchild. YOU are a trator. What record does the Republican party have other than this one case in promoting women in politics? Go to the Republicans they deserve you!

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. TKW- New Mexico

    Who's the elitist? McCain is married to a multimillionaire, has 7 houses and you're calling Obama an elitist. What's wrong with this picture? Cindy McCain had on a $300,000 dress (so I heard) on the night of the Republican convention. Elitist?

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Dem123

    Great decision and good news for Mccain.Obama supporters your trashy words are always welcome.Thankfully they do not follow us beyond the waiting line at the polling booth.

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Tam

    How about she dislikes him because he is Black. Racism at it's finest!

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Southern Girl

    This is just a way for CNN to sway the news from Obama. They don't have any real issues to report so let's make things negative by letting someone like her put her personal views online.

    If Hillary was selected then, we would have voted for her. Sometimes it's hard to swallow defeat. If we want more of the same then vote with your eyes close and we will continue down the same downward path.

    I'm ready for change – Obama/Biden 08'

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Jared Buker

    She thinks Obama is an "elitist" while she poses for that photo with her pretty pearls and done-up hair. Give me a break.

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. elb

    seriously, to echo one comment above–a women who co-founded a holding company, is married to to a knight, and lives half her time in London–she's hardly one to call someone else elitist.

    September 17, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Mike

    This women is in love with OBAMA!!

    Don't let her fool you!!

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Ev-VA

    OH BOO HOO! WHO CARES! THIS JUST SHOWS HOW MUCH OF A TRAITOR SHE IS. IF SHE WAS TRULY A SUPPORTER OF HILLARY CLINTON SHE WOULD BACK OBAMA. HILLARY IS. THIS JUST SHOWS ME ALL THIS WOMAN WANTED IS TO HAVE A WOMAN ON THE TICKET. SEXIST OR RACIST. YOU DECIDE.

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08 THE ORIGINAL CANDIDATES OF CHANGE WE CAN BELEIVE IN.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. carol

    Clearly, this woman has no interest in the issues that affect the lives of ordinary women. When was the last time she was in a supermarket!!!!!! The economy is sinking, our fundamental right to decide the most intimate decisions in our lives is being threatened, we are drowning in foreign oil, and she's probably upset because maybe the Obama people weren't deferential enough to her. She allegedly participated in Democratic platform. Doesn't she believe in what it says? Has she read the Republican platform? Is it all about HER?

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Lynne

    Good for her I am also going to vote for McCain as I was also a strong Hillary supporter I also do not trust him. The DNC and all of the news media( FOX NEWS not involved) are the ones that sank Hillary.

    McCain/Palin 2008
    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Jude

    She was really a Hillary supporter, if anything, she's a "female in power" supporter or just bias in her choice, because curious to know if Palin was to step down where would her decision be then. Hillary supports Obama, why wouldn't a Hillary supporter support him as well...I don't know why CNN decided to give her attention. But it doesn't matter, are eventually forgotten.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Question for cincy nurse

    A simple question for you. How Clinton is going to win the election in November?
    Don't forget that there are Obama's movement also waiting. In Short if Obama looses, in 2012 a republican will win again trust me or not. it is vicious circle. So think twice before making a decision.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Steve

    Elitist is a code word for uppity.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. martin il

    Well how do you like his policies?

    This election is not a popularity contest. Being president is not an award given to an honorable veteran or citizen who has had a distinguished career. It is a job! Who will do a better job?

    Someone who says "I just don't like him" should not be in the national political spotlight.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. Nicole

    Well that's good news. I never expected too many Hillary supporters to see the light, but it's nice to see a prominent one has.

    And, as for all this talk about her being racist for not backing Obama? C'mon now. This race isn't about race (at least not from the McCain side). I, a white woman, am married to a black man, and I'm voting McCain because I believe he's the right man for the job. Now you can't tell me I'm racist.

    MCCAIN/PALIN 08

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. Driving the media narrative

    Has anyone ever heard of this person before? What makes her "prominent" ? Oh right, the fact that CNN wrote about her plainly unreasoned and childish defection against the Democrats.

    This isn't news. Take this post down. Why not write something about the fact that the McCain campaign is working behind the scenes to kill a bipartisan investigation, initiated by a 14-0 vote of the Republican-majority state legislature of Alaska, into Gov. Palin's abuse of power? The McCain campaign is getting a free ride to falsely cast this probe, which Palin less than two months ago said she welcomed and would participate in fully, as somehow "partisan" and therefore "tainted," even though nothing in the situation has changed at all except that the target of the investigation is now on the Republican ticket.

    No one is speaking up to defend the investigation, because the legislators in Alaska rightly fear Palin's wrath upon her likely return to Juneau in November, so McCain's framing of the process is allowed to stand unchallenged. It's the media's job to challenge it, because it's wrong, it's hypocritical, and it's Bush-Cheney style stonewalling to keep the public in the dark about executive misconduct all over again. Why don't you report on that instead of trying to revive the already deceased media-favorite "Democratic unity problem" storyline you beat to death during the convention?

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. Fred

    If there is No Obama in 08, there certainly will be no Hillary in 2012.
    Will not happen.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. AMIGO

    [“I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.” ????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

    Haaa Ms Rotten, I mean Rothschild, YOU ARE NOT FOOLING ANYONE !!!!!!

    YOU, calling Obama an "elitist" is like a peacock calling a rooster, "too fancy" !!!

    and " – not given me reason to trust him.” ??!! WHY ????????

    and you trust McBush, even after the way the senantor has run 'A – SMEAR & LIE – A – DAY' campaign ?????

    Ms Rotten, you are a P-H-O-N-Y, a hypocrite, if you will !!

    Please DON'T insult our intelligence !!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Dennis

    Just goes to show that even the Democrats aren't all buying the Manchurian candidate.

    September 17, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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