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. RAY IN NJ

    Her obvious intelligence is getting in the way! She doesn't trust Obama, but apparently trusts liars – as McCain/Palin are proving to be daily!

    September 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. foolish racism

    People both republicans and yes democrats will be voting against Obama, and not for McCain. Stupid racist idiots. Obama an elitist, foolish fool, as stupid as Fiorina. Our time will come when the population of minorities will eclipse the white population, then we will go back to the founding documents.

    Racist democrats and republicans. Show us your true color.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Team America

    I love this. I'm guessing about 99.99% of the Dems posting their opinions on here had never heard of this lady before, then she announces her decision to endorse McCain. Now, they attack her like they've known her for years and years just because her opinion of Obama is similar to what most common sense Americans think. It's interesting to see how quickly they are willing to play the race card in hopes of trying to recover from this lady's devastating body blow. For being an extremely liberal party, the Dems in here are making some very racist comments. Way to show your true character Dems!!

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Barbara

    I applaud her independence to support a candidate that she believes in and trusts to lead this country into the future regardless of party afiliation.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Jason

    Good for her. Obama has never done anything in his 143 days in senate..not one legislature...NOTHING. Oh but wait, he did have time to write 2 memoirs ::rolls eyes::

    Good for her. I am beginning to distrust the Democrats as well.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. moderatejoe

    Ah, another smile on Hillary's face. Welcome aboard Lynn, I'm gald to see you had borrowed Hillary's set to do this publicly instead of just vote anonimously for McCain.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. John

    The only reason this race keeps bringing up race and sex is because extremists don't want to debate the issues. Hasn't the DNC ever wondered why they don't win the South, the birthplace of the Democratic Party? The southern states are filled with Democatic leadership because the southern states overwhelmingly vote democratic at the state level. The DNC is gone so far left, that the conservative democats are left out and the media wrongly calls us independants. Many don't like Obama beacuse of his vague plans and far left views. So this leaves me and several other "southern democrats" a choice to either stay home or vote republican. Would Hillary have benn a better choice? Maybe, but we'll never know for sure. Truth be told, some democrats do not like/trust Obama and some just want him to lose so that Hillary can run in 2012.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. goldie

    A woman CEO in pearls named Rothschild calls Obama elitist. That is crazy. But since her husband is an international banker, I bet she likes McCain because he helped push through the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which directly led to the current banking insurance meltdown because it deregulated these investment banks and insurance companies. I bet she loves McCain for his deregulation stance. Why not show why she supports McCain? It has nothing to do with Hillary. It is all about her money.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. James

    A billionaire who lives in Europe is calling Barack Obama an elitist? Does she know that he was raised by a single mother and worked - yes, worked - his way the top using his brains. He didn't marry a billionaire banker. Pomona, Columbia, and Harvard Law: We should all applaud his success and his personal progress.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. JoseyJ

    WooHoo! Good news!

    Yes, Obama is VERY elitist and arrogant! – not an ounce of humility in him.

    Dems for McCain/Palin!

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Lisa Canada

    Finally, one more person thinks with her head, not........

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Florida-livin

    What a Cry- Baby. Obama raises Millions online and Fund Raising but because she can't stand Obama sorry i guess because he is Black. (Sorry he has the same issues as Hillary and Smart. So he is not some dummy instead of intelligent.) So go and through a Pitty Party for you McSame and Palin. You all 3 can see Russia when your down.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Vic

    I have a feeling that there are more former supporters of Hillary endorsing McCain/Palin than anyone cares to admit. So much empathy and admiration for Barack Obama have faded because of the way he and his supporters treated Hillary and Bill Clinton. Now, with the added ingredient of Obama's fawning over them to campaign for him - is just too much. Add to the hurt the way the Democratic National Committee treated Hillary by bringing in Florida and Michigan after the primaries were over, and it gets much easier to abandon the Democrats. The sense of decency did not belong exclusively to their party, and the way things have gone during this election period, it never again will.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. CB

    She's only got ONE VOTE like the rest of us. We all have to make a commitment to drive people to the polls who are elderly, or disabled, or shackle our teenagers to us to get them there. We need to GET OUT THE VOTE – and REGISTER as many as we can before OCTOBER 6th.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. glenn

    ok so she flies back and forth between her homes in New York and London, yet she calls Obama whow as raised on food stamps elitist? please explain that one to me...

    She was never a true Hilary supporter. She just saw what gender Hilary was and gave her support. Now that she is a spoiled brat and cant get what she wants she will just out of spite vote her emotions not her head. Tell her to fly back to London where she came from. As if peopel like her are owed something. Narcisistic nut.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. welches, oregon

    who is this person and why is she even relevant?

    Obama/Biden 'till 2024

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Cathy

    Good riddance!

    I supported Hillary and her ideals. That is why I will vote for Obama.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. TheShade

    Good fer her. You can't get a clear answer out of Obama, just false promises with no backing. Where does he expect to get all of the money for his huge government plans? Cutting our military to the size of the Rhode Island National Guard no doubt. (no offense Rhode Island Guardsmen)

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. mohan

    THIS ELECTION IS A REAL DRAMA!!

    A MAN WHO WAS BROUGHT UP BY SINGLE, MOM. BELONGING TO A UNDER PRIVILEDGE COMMUNITY OF AMERICA, WHO WITH SHEER HARDWORK STUDIED IN THE BEST EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION OF AMERICA. WHO HAS NORMAL FAMILY LIFE. JUST ONE HOUSE TO LIVE IN. WHO HAS PLANS TO HELP 95 PER CENT AMERICANS. IS TERMED AS ELITIST!!!

    ANY WHITE MAN WITH HALF THE QUALIFICATION OF OBAMA WOULD HAVE EASITY STEALED THIS ELECTION AWAY!!!

    REAL SHAME AMERICA!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    One more person responsible for the Dems ill-gotten reputation for ineptitude leaves the ranks of the DNC – That only makes the Dems & the DMC stronger.
    Being attracted to McCain just shows the stupidity of this person. Buh-bye and thanks from all us loyal Dems for switching sides so you can start screwing up the McCain/Palin campaign now...

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Inna Vaughan

    I was inclined to do the same as I was a strong Hillary supporter, until McCain chose Palin. I cannot support McCain/Palin ticket. I

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. therealist

    I too feel like he is an elitist. And I too feel like he has not given me reason to trust him..

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. Ari R.

    Every party has a pooper, and she's it. Too bad her pick will lose in a landslide and she will lose all credibility within the Democratic party. Oh well, at least she can hang out with Joe Lieberman now.

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Richard, Honduras

    I have to agree with my fellow citizens. This remarkable change in party afiliation is nothing more than racism. If it is possible to expell someone from the party, she should certainly be given notice.

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. KH

    Your name is De Rothschild and you are calling someone an elitist. The pearls around her neck cost more than my house. As for Del Sol if you dont know Obama's positions you havent been reading them. That's all he has been talking about for months now. I'm a veteran to and just because someone is a war hero doesnt mean they would make a great president.

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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