September 16th, 2008
10:07 PM ET
14 years ago

Prominent Clinton backer and Dem donor to endorse McCain


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A prominent backer of Hillary Clinton is endorsing McCain."]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.

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soundoff (877 Responses)
  1. TJ

    The guy whose dad left at age 3, raised by a single parent, who got into Columbia, then Harvard Law, then led the law called the elitist?

    I call it the American Dream.

    September 16, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  2. Winkzilla

    What has the Republicans done for Lynn Forester de Rothschild to trust? They ran our economy into the ground. They deregulated completely under the bonehead idea that moneymakers will do more good than harm. We see how this stupid idea from Reagan has gotten us now into big trouble. They invaded the wrong country, putting us into extreme debt and loss of America lives. They had an Attorney General that operated not in the American people interests, but in Republican personal interests. They took away our privacy and rights. They tortured people.

    McCain is Bush, Palin is Chenney and together they are another four years, except that they will take us into our first economic depression since the 1930s.

    Sure Lynn Forester de Rothschild, there is a lot here to trust with Republicans and McCain.


    Barack Obama has given clear articulations and presented plans on various issues, which anyone can see online. He has demonstrated his vision and clarity to what we need to run this country, to bring back our world standing, and it is in this presented clarity and intelligence where we can find our trust.

    To find the strength in Barack Obama, you have to get outside of yourself and look at the facts.

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild, you confuse confidence and intelligence with elitism.

    September 16, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  3. BIG WIG

    Who cares you are putting your money on a dead horse. Good luck sucker.

    September 16, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. Larry-Minn.

    About time ,way to go.

    September 16, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. fansprez

    So LFdR, you're going to support a candidate that goes against everything Hillary stands for? That you even admit you don't like? Hope it works out for you. Oh and by the way, someone who is CEO of a worldwide corporate and splits her time between London and NYC, should be careful to through the elitist stone.

    September 16, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. Lorna, NY

    She does not like him??? is he worse than McCain? She should lose her membership on the DNC. Oppss, she is in the 2% that Obama wants to tax.

    September 16, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. TJ

    Or is it that she was born on third base, thinks she hit a triple, and is pissed off to find Jackie Robinson standing there too?

    September 16, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  8. Jr Ewing

    Good for her for speaking out and i hope more will follow

    September 16, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. Obamacan

    I am reublican and supporting Obama and she is also free to support Mccain. Its not big deal .

    September 16, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  10. Kathy

    LADY Rothschild (and I use that term loosely) can go back to eating her bon bons in between the countries she lives in. go ahead and back mcsame and impalin – they totally deserve somone like you – only in it for themselves!! Who needs her- she is obviously a bigot and look who is calling Obam an elitist – that is the joke of the year! What a sore loser!

    September 16, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. Reality Check

    Hypocrasy "...and every Democrat who does it is an Elitist? Pityful…."
    Do the Democrats have any candidates the did in fact 'pull themself up by the bootstraps'? The context of your comments suggests your are trying to defend BHO. His advancement up the economic ladders could be interpreted as gaming the system(s).

    September 16, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. John McSame

    You have got to be kidding me.

    This woman is married to somebody who's first name is "Sir", and its Obama who is the elitist.

    Yup, Obama is certainly uppity. You put him back in his place in the back of the bus, Lynn.

    September 16, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. Latasha

    The pot is calling the kettle black?? When you look in the mirror what do you see? Clearly you missed Clinton's convention speech, unless maybe you thought she wasn't talking to you? I think NOT!!! Too bad that a DNC membership was wasted on an unworthy member. This election is too important to waste on back-sliders.

    September 16, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. SurRy

    She was a corporate lawyer, telecommunications entrepreneur, became the third Lady Rothschild when she married Sir Rothschild, honeymooned at the Clinton White House, pals around with Tony Blair and his wife, and has been called the "flashiest hostess in London" by Conde Nast. And Barack Obama is the elitist. LOL, LOL, LOL, good one!

    September 16, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  15. lou

    Go...Whatever.. How will you ever face Hillary again?? The bloom is off the Palin rose anyway...Its over.... Obama/Biden the bridge to the future...Mccain /Palin the bridge to no where...

    September 16, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. Trina in New Mexico

    Self before Country. What a shame.

    September 16, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  17. Lily

    Yes, you don't like him because he doesn't take money from interest groups which means you won't be number one on his list. And how funny a CEO is calling someone else "elitist".

    September 16, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  18. Sammy

    Hillary needs to give her a call.

    September 16, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  19. Chad in Cincinnati

    Stupid endorsement by a clueless person... I guess if you're a CEO and don't have to live here, Bush-McCain-Cheney-Palin doesn't seem half bad.

    September 16, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  20. Poor Hillary

    At least Hillary can see that this phony never believed in her policies or platform and was only behind her because she was a woman. She is an extremely shallow person. She needs to get her elitist rear end to London (where she splits her time) and keep it there. She wouldn't be missed by anyone here.

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. Dustin

    Well if that isn't the coffee calling the kettle black then I don't know what else is.

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  22. J. Huck

    WHO CARES! She just hope Obama will lose coz if he wins, she'll be one of those top 1% that will get taxed up in her...

    I say TAX BABY TAX FOR those freeloaders!

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. Confused

    I really can't understand how a person could support Clinton and then turn around and vote for McCain. they stand for completely different things. I voted for Clinton, but when Obama got the nomination he got my full support.

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  24. Chris Crew

    Wow!! Rothschild is the Elitist!

    Rothschild is a super rich old-money family. For her to say she doesn't like someone because they are elitist is like Chris Rock saying he doesn't like black people.

    She can't name an issue that she disagrees with Obama on, she just "doesn't like him". Considering Obama and Clinton were together on almost all of the issues, I wonder why she doesn't like him? I'm gonna guess its not because of his elite upbringing...

    Obama grew up the hard way, far from an elite childhood. Obama was raised by a single mother and does not come from a family of international bankers like Rothschild and McCain.

    Rothschild is such a loser!

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  25. Gigi

    personality conflict.
    who cares about this idiot?

    September 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
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