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. David

    Moron. Way to spit in the faces of everyone that *really* supports Hillary.

    September 17, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  2. Big E

    You silly Libs, elitism has nothing to do with how much money you have, it has everything to do with your ideas and that YOU think YOU know what's better for everyone else.

    You guys are seriously losing your minds, and I LOVE it. You guys threatened to move to Canada when Kerry lost the election and didn't follow through, but you better not make false promises again. Wait – I'm Canadian!! We already have enough of you Liberal losers here!!!

    September 17, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  3. Hiroyoshi Nishizawa

    They're starting to leave the sinking ship.

    September 17, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  4. Steve

    That sissing sound we all hear is the steam escaping from the Obama balloon. Down, down, down it goes. Down to defeat!

    September 17, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  5. Montana)))))))))))))

    What a flake. Lynn Forester de Rotweiler (through her spokesperson ~ ha ha). And why does she even merit any press? Scram ~ you old money bag ~ you showed your true colors ~ I'm sure there are people "who don't like or trust you" ~ you can put lipstick on a pig.............

    September 17, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  6. In Good Company

    A freaking Rothschild thinks Obama is an elitist? People act like he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

    September 17, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  7. AnnForTheTruth

    No, the person is not thinking about Hillary Clinton the person or HRC policies. Forester is thinking about the fact that she is included in the 5 percent earning over $250,000 who taxes will be raised. Isn't that typical of greedy person, selfish and wants everything.

    September 17, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Maybe she doesn't like the fact that he has made many questionable evaluations of the character of those who surround him.

    Rezko, Kilpatrick, Ayres...

    Not to mention he lied about taking public financing and voted for Bush's wire taps.

    September 17, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  9. Rick S

    So the guy who doesn't own 7 houses is an elitist interesting you had me at de?

    September 17, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  10. Americanguy

    Have any of you people looked at the state of affairs in California? Who runs California! And don't try to blame Bush for the mess California is in either. This is what you want for the whole country! Holy Jesus! For one second, in your brainwashed minds, explained to yourself what is happening in California, and even Michigan and whose is to blame before you spout off why we should elect more liberals!!!

    McCain 08 / Palin 12

    September 17, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  11. CementHead

    Hey Irony: has Obama ever created a job? or Signed significant Legislation? No.

    Obama is a complete question mark on so many topics, and in consistent on key positions like Iraq..... great charisma, but "Hope" is not a strategy for a country..its emotional...we need hard hitters who have actully done something in National/Int'l government... Clinton was right in S.C., " this (obama) is the biggest fairytale I've ever seen...."

    September 17, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  12. Peachy Keen

    Never heard of this person, so who cares who she votes for. And she thinks Obama is an elitist? She's married to someone who is knighted. Now, THAT is an elitist.

    September 17, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  13. tony

    Obama wants wealth re-distribution.. Take from one person and give it to someone who did not earn it...Kind of sounds like theft!!! America cant afford Obama.........

    September 17, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  14. Tom Dashellll

    I am a democrat that has to vote for McCain also. Too much at stake and Obama is a novice. He is a nice man, but a novice nonetheless.

    September 17, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  15. Dave H

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild, welcome aboard. Senator McCain is a fine honorable gentleman, of substantial accomplishment. Senator McCain will be a fine President, and will acquit himself well with skill and honor. You will not be disappointed.

    September 17, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  16. Dr ZZ Carguy

    I love this.
    I love seeing you leftists expose yourselves
    as the ugly, rotten people you are.
    Golly, it's like watching the Wicked Witch melt.
    Lovey, lovey, lovey.
    Keep it up!

    September 17, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  17. T

    I think people are attracted to a Palin ticket because they are suffering in the current economy and want her theology to stop their pain now.
    Those people are going to be really disappointed and disillusioned.

    In my view, her religious views are almost apocalyptic.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now.

    September 17, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  18. Karin Hayes

    Good on you, Lynn! More people within the party have to stand up to Barack Obama's elitism and misogyny. His poor judgement in not choosing Hillary as his running mate proves he is unqualified to be President. McCain and Palin have won my support.

    September 17, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  19. steve


    Government doesn't create jobs

    September 17, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  20. EdKnows

    Good move Lynn! A lot of Hillary supporters are going to vote for McCain. He's got the experience, he's a war hero, he crosses party lines to get things done. Funny how these Obama people keep trying to suggest that Obama has more experience than Palin, but they don't dare suggest that Obama is even close to McCain's experience. Even more funny is that Palin has far more experience as a Mayor, Governor and business owner than Obama could ever dream of.

    Obama should have picked Hillary for he will pay the price for not picking her!

    September 17, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  21. Stacy

    Finally we have a DNC member who can say the truth! Obama has his finger high in the air, testing the winds of change constantly! Hopefully Lynn will be successful in gettting McCain elected

    September 17, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  22. Jane

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild – cultured, wise and wealthy, yes – but unlike the Hollywood collective super wealthy phonies – see latest fundraiser of 29.500,- a plate = $ 9 Million in one evening – she's at least honest that she cannot support a person of mediocre intelligence, who was groomed his entire life by the dangerous radical Left. The media fails to inform the public, who this man from Chicago really is, and that he and is 'team' must not be in charge of the US.

    September 17, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  23. david

    She is a CEO of a holding company and splits her time between London and the US, and she calls Obama an elitist? some nerve I'd say!

    September 17, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  24. Diogenes

    Goodness, the rats leaving the ship..But the smart money always does so. I suppose her husband has influnced her decision...How sad.

    September 17, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  25. Steve

    Another person who just doesn't get it... ANY HILLARY supporter who supports John McCain is in this for the wrong reason. PERHAPS Barak was right to not choose Hillary because some with her don't get it.

    September 17, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
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