February 12th, 2008
09:07 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton's deputy campaign manager resigns

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's deputy campaign manager has resigned, her campaign confirmed Tuesday night as the New York senator faced another round of disappointing primary results.

Mike Henry is the second senior staff-level departure from the Clinton team in the past three days. He was hired by Patti Solis Doyle - Clinton's former campaign manager - whose resignation was revealed Sunday.

"As someone who has managed campaigns, I share the unique understanding of the challenges that the campaign will face over the next several weeks," Henry said in a Tuesday e-mail to Clinton staffers.

"Our campaign needs to move quickly to build a new leadership team, support them and their decisions and make the necessary adjustments to achieve the winning outcome for which we have all worked so hard for over a year now."

Howard Wolfson, spokesman for Clinton's campaign, said that Henry had done "an outstanding job for the campaign and his expertise will be missed."

Henry, who helmed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's independent expenditure program two years ago, was the author of an internal memo last year that suggested Clinton should skip Iowa - a proposal that was quickly dismissed when it became public.

A year earlier, he managed the successful campaign of Virginia's Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, and was a lead advisor to former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner's campaign.

CNN projects that Clinton's rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, won Tuesday night's Virginia Democratic primary.

- CNN's Candy Crowley, Suzanne Malveaux and Jessica Yellin contributed
to this report.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Jack Cavanaugh, Portland, Or

    lets not be so negative, Clinton is a good candidate and who knows maybe in the future she has a role to play in the oval office.......But not today OBAMA is what this country needs!

    February 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. austintexasone

    Most of her staff will be leaving before the March 4th Texas primary. Who wants to be a sinking ship!

    February 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. CD | Orlando, FL

    I want to see Hillary Clinton win as much as everyone else who's supported her since Day One, but it almost seems that some of her own campaign staff is out to get her.

    Not sure who thought it was a good idea to dump the campaign manager in the month before the final primaries, that screams "unrest" – eek!

    I do agree that some republicans are voting for Obama now, only to vote against him later. I heard a bunch of gentlemen discussing it at work today. Not sure if their strategy will work... we'll see.

    Hoping Hillary gets it together...

    Obama is a divider. Look at his church's website and you'll see it. That's not what we need for the USA.

    February 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Chris, Las Vegas,NV

    You people don't even know what his reason to resign is for. And Patti didn't resign she just stepped into a new posision STILL in the Clinton campaign. Trust me if yo think its over....oh you'll be sorry for it once she strikes back....trust

    February 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Josh

    Its time for Hillary to really focus on her campaign. Her campaign for re-election to the Senate.

    February 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Joe

    CLINTON 08
    CLINTON 08 YES!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Maria

    Yeah like we are going to believe he wanted to spend time with his family too.... sounds like alot of her campaign staff needs more time around thier families. Maybe their sick of her lies and failed transparent Obama Act.... will this woman stop at nothing!!!

    Hilary just be you, we know who you are. Its too late to start taking on the Obama Style

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Shortcakes

    Wait until the Republicans pluck Obama like a Thanksgiving turkey. Yes They Can!

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. Dennis Smith

    When will you people understand that Democratic whites will vote for a black candidate, but Independent whites will not.

    President McCain here you come!

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. Sad day

    I hope all you Obama supporters are ready for one of two things:

    1–Another Republican president

    2–Severe disappointment in someone you are treating as a god. Once he realizes that idealism won't fly in Washington and once the rest of his racist, elitist personality surfaces, that pedestal will be swept away!

    Congratulations America....you were dupped again.

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. jt@siu

    Clinton's speech tonight sounds an awful lot like Obama's have, except you can tell what she's trying to do because simply put she is not inspiring. It also shows that Hillary is simply a shapeshifter that only speaks to what she thinks everyone wants to hear. Obama hasn't been changing his tone or focus of the campaign. She has tried to immulate him from the beginning. If you remember she started her campaign on "ready to lead" rather than change, but that has since changed.

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. Kevin

    What's with all the sinking boat jokes? A little originality please people...

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. Tom

    Let's all Hate on Hillary! How much fun is this!

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. tamora

    Just watched Hillary in El Paso....emulation is the greatest form of flattery...go OBAMA!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Bethany Joy

    It's got to be a bad sign when you lose two key people from your campaign in three days. I wonder if they just got tired of snappier and snappier memos showing up in their in-boxes.

    And a friend of mine who has always said she would vote for Sen. Clinton told me today that she had changed her mind and was going to vote for Obama. She just didn't want to see the Democrats lose because of Sen. Clinton's negativity.

    February 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. Sandra

    CHANGE, CHANGE, no disrespect meant, but Hillary Clinton just ain't change. Just more of the old same.

    February 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Kristy from NY

    Don't count Hillary out just yet. There are still states that haven't held their primaries. There are also all those super delegates. This is far from over.

    February 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. Obi

    The people saying that the repubicans are setting up obama to lose, think about this.

    take virginia for eg.

    Obama had more people vote for him than ALL the rebublican voters together and 1/3 of hillary voters COMBINED!!!
    thats just common sense.

    February 12, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. Joe

    I agree with RWM –McCain will crush him !
    CLINTON 08 !!!

    February 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. feroze

    obama can never win texas or ohio or even penn.The blacks have come out for him.Now the whites in texas ohio will come out for clinton.Obama is all talk no action.by winning these small insignificant states he cant aim to overrun texas,cali,newyork etc.

    February 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Doug

    This is NOT major news. The Clinton campaign got rid of someone after this weekends lost to dampen the headline of the Obama sweep.

    In the past 4 days, Obama has won Washingon state, Louisiana, Nebraska, Virgin Islands, Maine, Washington DC and likely Maryland! 8 straight victories since Super Tuesday. That is the headline.

    February 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. barry o

    Bring on the next generation I'm all for that!
    I'm thinking Obama will be next President .
    But change is not always good things changed on 9/11

    February 12, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  23. Jameson Landers

    Neither of the two departures reflects a change in the campaign's strategy, but rather a hope for a change in the performance of the campaign manager.

    Usually when this happens in companies, it's the result of backers unwilling to invest any more money without seeing some changes in the organization. After all, with one failure after another, it's a trend that people aren't willing to risk their money on unless the company changes their practices.

    My understanding is that the Clintons and Mark Penn are responsible for the strategic design of the HRC campaign, so what needs to change won't be changing. Hill and Bill are still running the show.

    Maggie Williams is known for her loyalty to the Clintons. I'd guess she's being brought in to run the ground game to deliver Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and if/when that fails, to carry out the campaign to arm-twist the super delegates.

    February 12, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  24. sara m

    Well it comes as no surprise read the negative comments about Hillary on this board and the number of them from men. There must be a lot of single men on this board, cause the wives of these guys must have run run run away. No substance here – I would have expected more from CNN readers – Am I on the Fox News board?

    February 12, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. TKC

    Que up the music..."and another one bites the dust"

    February 12, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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