February 12th, 2008
09:07 PM ET
7 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. Robert, McAllen, Texas

    Rats jumping the ship. Go Obama Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Sly

    MEDIC!! MEDIC!! MAN DOWN!! MAN DOWN! SOS!!!

    oh yeah.. and uhh.... OBAMA 08!

    February 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. LOL, fresno

    OBAMA WON MARYLAND, ALSO! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOoo!

    08AMA!

    February 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. Texas for Obama

    Let's save the celebration for after Ohio and Texas. We will do the work we need to do in Texas. Obama '08.

    February 12, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. annis

    Most of these comments are graceless.

    It isn't a football game – it isn't a game at all. Hillary Clinton is losing ground for very good reasons but that's no reason for any glee.

    We have serious problems to solve and things to accomplish now.

    February 12, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. lois

    We need a candidate with experience for these troubling times.

    February 12, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Jim in Arizona

    I'm happy for the Obama campaign. I do believe that he should address economic problems more specifically and hit the Clintons with their ties to Wal-Mart, Tyson, the drug and oil companies. I'm concerned that the Clintons are going to owe a lot to special interests.

    February 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Texans 4 Hillary

    And just so you all know- TEXAS will not let Hillary down. We are mobilizing and we are full of fight! Firewall for Hillary!

    February 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Hillary is promising a $9.50 Minimum wage. This is totally irresponsible and misleading. You can't just make these kind of promises during a campaign. Imagine the impact to corporations and small businesses if the government mandated this type of pay rate. It would cause people to lose jobs, and companies to go under. It might also cause companies to lose profit and destroy the stock market.

    Not well thought out
    Poor judgement
    Empty campaign promise
    Sign of desparation

    I live in Texas, and this is one of the most pro-business states in the country. Lots of small business owners and start ups. We need to attack this and call it irresponsible and get the media and economist to critique it. We can score big on this one.

    February 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. anthony

    It's no wonder people are jumping ship...they are like sheep. The media, especially MSNBC and NBC, have been ruthless against Hillary and have been on Obama's side from the start. If you say it enough people will follow...Obama is new, Obama is hope...Obama is the great uniter. But if you ask most people about his policies they probably couldn't tell you what they are. I like Obama, but I have reservations that he isn't just a lot of fluff.

    February 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. Tiphany

    I feel that while America may be ready for a female president, Hillary is not the right woman for the job and everyone is starting to see that. BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Deanna

    I don't think for a moment that McCain could beat Obama in a general election.

    Granted he had ZERO competition within his own party– but honestly it's not hard to crawl at the top of the food chain when you're the only shark in a pond full of guppies.

    Obama will be the next president of the United States– unless the Supreme Court decides for us, again.

    February 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. Sergio

    Obama is the only one left on this race.

    February 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Mikey

    Yep,

    the republicans are getting what they hoped for!

    GO HILLARY.

    Know him in his mouth!

    February 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Kristy from NY

    Go Hillary Go! All the way to the Oval Office, then onto a second term. Going to turn this country around.

    February 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. annis

    To the person who said "Obama is a divider." HA! Right – a "divider" who gets votes from hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life in all regions of the country.

    February 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. The Prophet

    ha ha ha...think about how many won't vote for Obama in the general election! most of the Hillary supporters won't and none of the Republicans will! You fools! You have just handed the Republicans the White house again!

    February 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Mike

    Actually, to the person above who thinks Hillary stands a better chance than Obama against McCain, polls indicate the opposite, that if the election were today Obama would beat McCain, and Hillary would face a tougher race. She is definitely going down and the wheels are already coming off. It doesn't look good when someone must rely on a small handful of "big" states to win herself the nomination. She is in Texas already? haha ... OBAMA 08'

    February 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. Todd

    As a Dem I will vote for MCcain instead of Obama. This would be the first time I turned my back on the Dem. I can't vote for Obama as I didn't vote for Bush. Once again I will be saying to my friends for 4-8 years I told you so!!!!!!! We could have 16 years of unexperince in the office. 8 years of Bush and Know 4-8 Obama. Canada looks better every year!

    February 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. Obama'08

    Hillary is promising a $9.50 Minimum wage. This is totally irresponsible and misleading. You can't just make these kind of promises during a campaign. Imagine the impact to corporations and small businesses if the government mandated this type of pay rate. It would cause people to lose jobs, and companies to go under. It might also cause companies to lose profit and destroy the stock market.

    Not well thought out
    Poor judgement
    Empty campaign promise
    Sign of desparation

    I live in Texas, and this is one of the most pro-business states in the country. Lots of small business owners and start ups. We need to attack this and call it irresponsible and get the media and economist to critique it. We can score big on this one.

    February 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. Westin

    This war of attrition just keeps getting better. I know it's cruel but I love to see the Clintons suffer in politics.

    Maybe she will cry again and everyone will come running back to wipe her tears.

    I think the race is far from over but this is a great event for Obama.

    February 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. democrat_2008

    We'll be soon singing Kum Ba Yah with Obama whilst our economy crashes. Smart choice America!

    February 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. Amy

    If I were Hillary, I would not waste money in trying to run for President anymore. Save funds and bow out gracefully so that she can run for her re-election in the NY as their senator again.

    February 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    GOBAMA ! Goodnight Clintons.

    February 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. JC

    Hillary said that OBAMA's wins did not count since those states never vote democrat. Now she's campaining in Texas? Uh, Hillary, last time I checked Texas never votes democrat.
    And how dare you say that peoples votes no not matter. Is that what you want Texans to think. My vote goes to the one who appreciates my vote and will not turn his back on me.

    TEXANS FOR OBAMA!

    February 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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