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. Gary

    One line from her sums it all up, "...he is an elitist." Hammer, meet nail.

    September 17, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  2. jan

    Intelligence surfaces somewhere in the democratic party!

    September 17, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  3. greedyboy

    This woman is a hypocrit. She obviously doesn't care about the issues, only the personality. She should just spend ALL of her time in London, noone needs her here!

    September 17, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  4. Neal

    Not sure how a Billionaire has the right to call Obama an elitist. Looks like another person who was voting for gender and not values...

    September 17, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  5. Mary

    So what! Let her change sides...Obama surely doesn't need her! Who Cares about her decision to back McCain...she's a nobody!

    September 17, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  6. Karen Calhoun, Tennessee

    Someone who splits their time living in New York and London is calling someone an elitist?? Come on! Do your research woman and you will find out that Obama is anything but and elitist. The old man you're about to endorse on the other hand has no clue how many houses he owns, is married to a beer heiress, and wears $600 shoes while delivering his "straight talk"

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 17, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. Tyler (OH)

    I want my President to be elite. Look what having an average Joe idiot in the office got us: an oblivious leader, who allowed his subordinate run rabid in the white house.

    I'm not buying someone who splits their time living in London and New York, trying to label Obama as an elitist.

    September 17, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  8. McCain for Pres.

    When people look at records and experience, they choose John McCain. All the name-calling in the world, which is all Obama followers have will not change his record.

    September 17, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  9. Richard Sattich - Georgetown Ky.

    Who cares what racially motivated 'Closet Republicans' say or do?
    Once Barack Obama became the candidate they were going to vote
    Republican anyway. To make a big deal of it, only shows her racism.
    Most people that I have talked to that don't like Barack because they,
    'Don't trust him', are giving that as an excuse for their inability to vote
    for a 'Black' man.

    September 17, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  10. Brandy

    i.e. the white lady didn't win and I ain't voting for the black guy

    September 17, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  11. J Rupp

    I love it! Rothschild (was she in her London or New York home?) calling Obama an "elitist"!

    Does she realize how foolish she sounds?

    September 17, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  12. Matt

    Tell me Forester, how'd the last 8 years with the "down-to-earth" folksy guy running the country go? I'd love to hear how much reason McCain has given you to trust him.

    September 17, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  13. I'm just saying

    Her remarks seem somewhat hateful. Is there something about Senator Obama as a person that she doesnt like? Elitist? That doesnt seem like a reason not to like someone. And if she can donate 100k wouldnt that make her just that...an elitist? She sounds like a hater of the worst kind.

    September 17, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  14. Joe

    She should be kicked out of the democratic party. What a sore loser.

    September 17, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  15. mary

    Nice to see this person puts the country's interest before her personal interests. Anyone who cared about the future of this country would not be endorsing McCain–a man that has admitted that he doesn't really get the economy–and his unknowledgeable sidekick, Sarah Palin. Enough said.

    What does her endorsement mean? Nothing.

    September 17, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  16. Jack From NJ

    PUMA, Why exactly do you not like him? Just because he is about to sack all lobbyists like you? Or may be rejected your help bc you are tainted meat? Too black for you? Tell us the real truth.

    It really gets me when all these special interest fools that parade themselves up and down the halls of the white house come up with flimsy excuses or lie about their real fear.

    YOU ARE FIRED ! LOL.

    Embrace change or stay fired.

    September 17, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  17. Demetrius Smith

    Who cares? I'm sick of disgruntled Hillary backers who can't deal with the fact she blew it. Elitist my foot, she's saying he's black and its not his turn yet. Women's suffrage came before the civil rights movement so he's forty years too early to be President. If Hillary would have had competent people at the start of her campaign who didn't think it was in the bag, she would have won going away...so he was the elitist in the Democratic Primary?

    September 17, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  18. workinwithu

    Good for her, she doesn't live here most of the time anyway, and she only wants a woman in office. Clinton/Palin. That is transparent....

    September 17, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  19. William Rutlin

    Everyone has the right to make up their own mind, but if you were that big a Clinton supporter, you're just stupid to support Palin/McCain, the absolute opposites of everything Hillary stood for. Quit pouting and support someone who shares your candidates views.

    September 17, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  20. dusual, Tx

    McCain new what he was doing when he picked Palin. He has a wife and a daughter.

    He knew that a shinny object would distract most women.

    Men have been distracting women since Adam and Eve.

    Remember the apple?

    I'm sure it caught Eve's eye after it was polished, and you see where that got her.

    September 17, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  21. Brett

    This woman is truly pathetic. de Rothchild thinks Obama is elitist. Get a mirror, you loser.

    September 17, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  22. Trish

    Let me get this straight, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, CEO of EL Rothschild, a International holding company, married to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, thinks Obama is an Elitist! Oh and she doesn't like him but neglects to tell the public why! Then Adds he has given her reason not to trust him? But, again gives no explanation as to the reason she feels he is untrustworthy! Oh, and CNN has neglected to tell us what happened to her earlier reported position as CEO of Hewlett Packard?

    I can see this woman's judge of character and decision making skills fitting right in with McSame and the PIt Bull Hockey Mom! The Dems would like to thank you for changing sides whatever your reason and congratulate the Republicans on attracting yet another Wacko!

    September 17, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  23. East Coast Bum

    Just another turn coat in our party! We do not need her or her money. We will win this election beacuse we the people are taking our goverement back.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 Baby!!!!

    September 17, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  24. Dominique

    This is fair. She is voting her economic interest.

    Since I am not rich and don't make over $250,000 per year, I am going to vote my economic interests. I think I can say that many more people share my economic interest than share hers.

    Obama-Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  25. laura

    how ironic, a rothschild calling obama an elitist. i feel like i'm living in an upside down world lately.

    September 17, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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