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)

    Who cares what this person thinks?

    "No way, No how, No McCain"

    – Hillary Clinton

    September 17, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  2. Mike Hunt

    With friends like that, the DNC doesn't need enemies.

    I hope the door does hit her cellulite backside on her way out.

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

    Uh, Irony (post #1):

    I think I can speak for most Alaskans - as an independent Alaskan myself, and one of the 80% or so of us who approve of her job performance here - that Sarah Palin is doing an excellent job of governing our state. She has helped bring much of the state GOP hierarchy down and has been doing much to bring us a natural gas pipeline, also.

    You will notice from your own link that Alaska's unemployment rates almost perfectly mirror the national rates - and happen for a variety of reasons here, and under a variety of circumstances. If people here were personally blaming Palin for such figures, I doubt she'd be as popular here as she is...and she was that popular BEFORE McCain chose her as his VP, by the way.

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

    Nobody with any intelligence could vote for Obama with a clear conscience. He's probably the most unqualified person in the senate, much less as candidate for president. No doubt he is one of the most unqualified people in the national elected gov't. It's deeply troubling that America has lost its mind and 40% of the population say they would actually cast a vote for him. Just unbelievable what has happened to the US. One of the reasons McCain probably chose Palin is to show that her very limited experience (clearly not qualified for VP) is still much higher than Obama – and to showcase Obama for the ridiculous joke that he is. Brilliant strategy of exposing this fraud huckster.

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

    This woman is married to an international banker and she's calling Obama an elitist? Pul-eeze. Besides, never heard of her so not scared about her endorsement of McLame.

    September 17, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  6. dave l.

    we can't afford not even one day of the jimmy carter adm. policies. that's what we'll get if nobama is somehow elected.

    September 17, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  7. Roberto

    What's this, a democrat with brains? I'm astounded!

    September 17, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  8. glenn terry

    There can be only one reason Demogods are scared and make these kind of responses. The air is gone out of the fake messiah's balloon and it is crashing.

    September 17, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  9. Pat from Cali

    "...After a lengthy investigation, the Senate Ethics Committee determined in 1991 that Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini, and Donald Riegle had substantially and improperly interfered with the FHLBB in its investigation of Lincoln Savings. Senators John Glenn and John McCain were cleared of having acted improperly but were criticized for having exercised "poor judgment"....

    The core allegation of the Keating Five affair is that Keating had made contributions of about $1.3 million to various U.S. Senators, and he called on those Senators to help him resist regulators. The regulators backed off, to later disastrous consequences..."

    September 17, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  10. Jasmine

    I am learning so much from this election. Learning just how bad race relations are in this country.

    September 17, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  11. Obamanation

    Finally, a democrat with some sense. The rest of you are pathetic.

    September 17, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  12. Nobama

    irony – I'd like to know how the governor of any state control gas prices? If that were true, then none of the governors have done a good job. If it were within the power of the governor to be sure that the price of gas is $1/gallon or less, don't you think they would have done that? I can say the same thing about my governor of Illinois. He's a democrat! Also, since when is it that the governor's responsibility to create jobs? I would agree that the governor can create opportunities, but it's up to the private sector to create the jobs. I think your accusations are misplaced.

    September 17, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Liberal IDIOTS Obama has not plan, No experience, wants to deminish America..Hussain will not be elected

    September 17, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  14. karvictho

    Lynn is clearly not a Democrat or she would be doing ask Hilary requested, and that's to support the party–which ultimately must win, regardless of who is running, if America is going to pull itself out of the crises created by the Republicans (the group which Lynn is now supporting.)

    It's good she is gone if the only reason she helped was to get a special favor from Hilary, after Hilary won.

    On a more general note, the election process has been great. It has given all of us, the entire world in fact, a chance to think about our morality–our basic way of acting and interacting in our society. Lynn and the other turncoats could do a bit more thinking about themselves, and what being a traitor means. And while on that subject, perhaps she will get around to asking Palin why she supports the Alaska Independence Party which wants Alaska to break away from the US, become independent, and take its oil/gas with it. Another moral question, for another day.

    September 17, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  15. David

    I am tired of people bringing up the experience buzzword to prove moot points. Im placing my vote for the candidates who have demonstrated having the most responsibility for something. McCain and Palin have demonstrated clear responsibility over policies, state government etc. I'm still waiting for a significant piece of legislation or anything that has showed Obama being responsible for something. I just can't trust him...

    September 17, 2008 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  16. Preston

    Governor Palin enjoys a 80% approval rating with her AK constituents including many minorities, this is better than any other USA Governor. She is apparently doing doing a excellent job! Obama appears to be a Chameleon putting on the color he needs for a situation. Remember his "Good Friend" of 20 years, Pastor Wright? Obama "kicked him to the curb" when he was no longer convenient. With character like this, consider how he will be in Foreign Policy; Obama had the audacity to claim he did not know his "Good Friend" of 20 years was racist. Is Obama also blind and deaf? I want someone whom I can believe in and "walks their talk" like McCain/Palin;past,present, and future!

    September 17, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  17. DJ

    Palin is frighting. We need to keep aborting babies. We need higher taxes and no military anywhere. We need to realize we are the enemy and that Bush and Cheney blew up the twin towers and that Bush used secret weapons to send Katrina into New Orleans so the Democrats would leave the city and Lousiana would get its first Republican Governor. And we must fight voter IDs so that we can continue to allow everyone who wants to to vote, and vote and vote.
    Isn't it that Palin who is so frightening!

    September 17, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  18. Sean

    Rats abandoning a sinking ship......

    September 17, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  19. Spidey

    Wow,an honest Democrat..What a find....Two of Obama's top economic advisors are responsible for the Fannie/Freddie meltdowns by stealing millions in salary and bonuses.

    September 17, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  20. Patricia

    McCain over Obama? Elitist?? Has she or McCain ever visited Castlemont High School, in Oakland, Calfiornia? Not Likely. This is my alma mater – a school over 60 years old – it looks, smells and is run like a prison. I bet Obama has probably visited a simialrly decrepit schoolin Chicago while serving as a community organizer. Obama is elitst? In whose world? The world McCain actually believes it'sokay to even think about stationing National Guard or regular army troops in certain communties – USA communities – to control (cage) crime??

    I am almost beside myself with despair. We have no country of the people, by the people or for the people. We must revolt – stop buying things, drive less, travel overseas less (yes less) focus on improving our country, the USA, not Iraq, Afghanistan Pakistan or Iran – this country, the USA . We all live well together or we perish miserably together.

    September 17, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  21. Thinking clearly

    Wow. What a bunch of cool aid drinkers. Based on the incoherent nature of the comments on this board and in light of the numerous misspellings in the text of them one might be tempted to believe that Obama supporters are ignoramuses. I would never say that though because it would not be in keeping with the “new tone” in Washington. People like Joe Lieberman and this woman are putting the country first by supporting McCain because they know that despite their political leanings putting a political climber with zero experience, in the White House, at a time like this would be grossly negligent.

    September 17, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  22. doug

    sore loser

    September 17, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  23. bwoody

    Hey Irony, so how exactly does raising taxes create more jobs?

    You idiot libs are all the same. If you want to see what high taxes do to the employment rate, check out France's unemployment rate and their taxes % and get back to me.

    September 17, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  24. Drew Atfield

    She's from the Rothschild dynasty and she's calling Obama- a guy who grew up poor in a single-parent household, worked his way up from nowhere to where he is today, an elitist?

    September 17, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  25. ght

    Good for her. She must be sane.

    September 17, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
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