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. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    "Elitist" is the Republican word for someone who is smarter than their candidate. Its not Obama that has multiple houses and a rich wife.

    True Hillary supporters will not vote for McCain. McCain and Palin are in direct opposition of everything that Senator Clinton has worked for for decades. These people are called "DINO" for Democrat in Name Only.

    Who will give Senator Clinton the most opportunity to reach her goals? Its not McCain. Foolish, shortsighted .... disloyal.

    Ignorance can be cured but stupidity goes on forever.

    September 17, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  2. Robert

    I think as time has gone by, that we can clearly see that Barack Obama was the wrong candidate for the Democrats. Another lost election and a complete Conservative Supreme Court.

    I want to thank those who drafted Obama for the presidency!

    September 17, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  3. Celeste

    A Rothschild has the gall to accuse Obama of elitism? Shame on you! If she had had to struggle with his disadvantages, she'd be on an unemployment line instead of flying back and forth between her London and New York homes. The greatest possible political contribution she could make to this country is to take her and her political opinions somewhere else. The reason she supports McCain is because his tax proposals soak everyone except the super rich.

    September 17, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  4. vinnie

    "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."

    she's calling obama an elitist? that's good...

    September 17, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  5. Chris Scott

    It sounds like she should switch her Party affiliation to Republican if she feels this way. It will be interesting to see if Ms. Clinton speaks out against this decision; or will the $$ prevail.

    September 17, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  6. DLH

    I KNOW WHY SHE DOESN'T LIKE HIM, MAYBE BECAUSE HE IS BLACK YA THINK!! WELL I KNOW, SAD THINGS IS SHE HATES HIM
    AND YOU CAN HER IT IN HER TONE. AND YOU WONDER WHY THIS COUNTRY IS IN THE TOILET!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  7. Sharon - NC

    She splits her time between London and New York and her name is de Rothschild . . . and Obama is the elitist? Gee, she will be taken seriously as one who can identify with the average citizen.

    September 17, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  8. Jill Trag

    What an idiot. This is racism for sure. I'm a white middle aged person voting independantly for Obama.

    September 17, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  9. John

    She thinks Obama is an elitist. I wish she had found a slightly more believable reason. Married to a London elite "Sir" Evelyn de Rothschild, she calls Obama an elitist? And who is she going to support? Dennis Kucinich? NO! McCain with a net worth over 100 million with 'countless' homes and a wife that dresses her up with 100's of thousands worth of accessories when she goes out.. Seriously, Lynn Forester de Rothschild???

    September 17, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  10. Republicans Hate America

    I suppose wearing $300,000 and not knowing how many houses you have is considered main street American. Go ahead international banker and join the hypocrite republicans you fit right in.

    September 17, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  11. Hillary Supporter

    Yikes.

    This is not good...

    September 17, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  12. Robert

    Good, obviously she didn't help Hilary that much so we wish she does the same for McCain. Evidently, this woman has too much money...to the point that she doesn't think the Economy is in trouble.

    The rest of us average Americans will NOT be voting for McCain or the rest of the Republicans that got us in the Economic mess our country is now in.

    September 17, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  13. Joe

    McCain = Permanent Tax Breaks for the Rich.

    September 17, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  14. Dan, Idaho Falls

    Isn't politics disgusting?!

    September 17, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  15. Andrea Hatfield

    Am I missing some important imformation? Is the CEO of a multi-national company really basing such an important decision on personality? The article states that she's not supporting Obama because she doesn't like him. Did the article leave something relevant out? Was any part of her decision based on issues and facts? When I saw the sentence “I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.”, I thought someone had accidentally put the wrong candidates name in.

    If she did indeed base her decision on personality alone, I sincerely hope the American people are better at making decisions that this CEO.

    September 17, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  16. Bryan from Scranton

    Has John McCain give a reason to like/trust him? In 8 years, I have lost all respect for this "great man".

    September 17, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  17. Tom

    I'm with Lynn for some of the same reasons. I'm a Hillary supporter because she was easily the best candidate for prez from either party. She can and has moved closer to the middle to get things done and though loved and hated, is respected by members of both parties. McCain is also capable, and has shown that he will, of moving to the middle to get things done and, though loved and hated, is respected by members of both parties. Obama doesn't have a record to speak of and has shown little willingness to move to the middle to get things done. He won't be able to accomplish anything from his far left position and we will stagnate for another 4 years. He needs to learn that you can't just talk about accomplishing change through reaching across the aisle – you have to show, OVER TIME, that you WILL move to the middle to reach across to get things done. Once he learns that lesson (it takes years, not months) he may be a viable candidate. Right now, many of us usually democrat voters will vote for the person who can and has gotten things done – McCain.
    Hillary 2012

    September 17, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  18. Samme

    How much did she get paid to do this??

    September 17, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  19. Eric

    ha! how stupid. Yea.. Hillary and John McCain have a lot more in common.... That's logical.

    Look, either shes feminist or racist, or both. Its obvious that the issues are not whats guiding her choice.

    And I'm soOoOo tired of this "elitist" term. Barack was on food stamps, and walking around in the streets.

    The Mccains have how many houses and Cindy McCains jewels on one night cost how much? 281K??

    And so they call Obama elite?

    ...go figure...

    September 17, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  20. Tired

    How does a former CEO of a multi-billion dollar company who jetsets across the Atlantic say "I feel like he is an elitist" of a guy from a broken home that lived a humble average existence until just a couple years ago?

    September 17, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  21. Candy West Virginia

    No surprise here, she is super rich and mccains policies would benefit her immensely.

    September 17, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  22. John

    Lynn, come on, aren't you really afraid to back Obama because you won't be able to face your elitist friends. calling the kettle black. or are you afraid you may have to pay some taxes?

    September 17, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  23. giacomo

    Big Sister and the Holding Company calls Barack Obama elitist.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    September 17, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  24. Elitist Trapped in a Meritocracy

    A Rothschild calling Obama an elitist – now that's rich! (No pun intended.)

    September 17, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  25. obomom

    Idiotic thinking if you are a true Democrat. Sad.

    September 17, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
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