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. Realist-Democrat

    To all those who cling to the old spin of "Obama is all talk and no issues" listen: if you haven't availed yourself of the IMMENSE amount of information out there on the web about Obama's stance on issues, you need to. You owe it to yourself and this country to be more educated about this process. Don't swallow whatever the media feeds you- do your own reseach. Obama has made his position on the issues KNOWN and CLEAR. Be prepared for Clinton to change her tune now that she's being soundly defeated-more evidence that she will do ANYTHING to get elected. Refute that.

    February 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. U.S. Army Vet

    The Clinton campaign reminds of a lot of the Rudy Guiliani campaign—a campaign of failure.

    February 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. George from Minneapolis

    The ship be sinking... ha ha... I love it.

    It was always very clear to me that Obama was the best candidate for America...

    She is done.

    February 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Marcia Seattle WA

    Listen!!!! Hillary is not going to quit. She is a fighter. Can Obama walk the talk? I don't think so. Obama is all words and Hillary has the facts. Wake up all you Obama followers.

    February 12, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Goober Grabber

    The smartest woman in American should be smart enough to see the end. The light at the end of the tunnel is a train coming at her.

    February 12, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. Steve

    I started off supporting Hillary and will continue to do so until she is either president or out of the race. Should she lose out in the primaries, however, I will NOT be voting democrat this election. Obama is not ready to lead this country. Hillary may not be my ideal candidate, but I have confidence that she would be ready to lead from day 1. Just the same, I have that sort of confidence in John McCain. His policies may be a little right of where I'm at, but I can get over it. What I cannot get over is having some fresh-faced kid sitting in the oval office. He simply lacks the experience to be an effective president.

    February 12, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. A spring of change

    so much for leadership... and if she was a president how long would you give her until her cabinet starts quitting in hordes?
    A good pastor keeps his flock intact....
    let the spring bring the smell of change

    February 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. annis

    $9.50 an hour IRRESPONSIBLE?????? Just who works for you? What do they get?

    February 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. JMH

    JOSH: RE-ELECTION to the SENATE??!?!?!?!

    What rock do people live under? She was just re-elected in 2006...she's not due for another 4 YEARS!!!

    I agree with Chris in LV, NV...we don't know what goes on INSIDE the campagin NOR inside the White House. To think we, the voters, know more that someone that's been there (Hillary or Barack..who have both been on the Hill for longer than any of us!)....we have another thing coming....

    February 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. Jane

    Are the people on this blog actually old enough to vote. It sounds like a bunch of 12 yr olds. It is so sad to me that a completely unprepared and inexperienced person may actually have a shot at the Presidency, thanks to the media hype and bias from CNN and MSNBC. Whatever happened to good honest reporting. REPORTING THE FACTS-NOT MANIPULATING THEM. I compare CNN and MSNBC to a sleazy celebrity magazine. Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite were real newsmen. I am too disheartened to even look anymore. This is nothing more than a tabloid. How disgusting and unconscionable.

    February 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. Texas


    Hillary 08!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. Jim

    I think it is time all of us democrats stop the fighting... Hillary ran a great campaign. She has done a lot for this country. Hopefully she will be in Obama's Cabinet...maybe Secretary of Education?

    February 12, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Andrew in Philadelphia

    HAHA!!! I think that Clinton's Camp. is starting to look more and more like the Giuliani Camp. just before it ran into a brick wall and collapsed!!! I love how shes already in Texas and I am sure she is saying "Mayday!" "Mayday"!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. JOHN


    February 12, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. Tito

    I am sorry Marcia...Hillary is over...She lost all the advantages she had....Womens voted 60%+ for Obama....

    February 12, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Kristy from NY

    Obama is a phenomena...but not right for president. His position on issues isn't conducive to a prosperous and stable country. Hillary is the right candidate for the job

    Team Clinton 2008

    February 12, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. Iba GUEYE

    Go Obama Go Obama. Unbelivable Keep going like. You'll be the next Us Preident

    February 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. Viv

    Goodness gracious, great balls of fire! Go, go, go Obama! you're our man! Mrs. Clinton is finally going to get a reality check. The Clintons have always had an agenda, why else would she put up with all the lying and cheatig with Bill if she did not have an agenda. It certainly wasn't love! She is going down fast! If her experience, her political clout has not been able to carry her against a ew comer, then you know there is a lot of anti clinton sentiment in our country. They do not own America. Hillary does not belong in the white house . She was there once before, we need some new blood. Obama has awesome support from the democrats and we need to support him and give him this opportunity to bring us to the next phase of the 21st century politics. I am tired of the Clintons. I have no doubt at some point in te future, Chelsea will run for president. It's inevitable! For now, Hillary please bow out gracefully!

    February 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. Chelsea

    I love how all the clintonites are "oh, he can't answer questions, and doesn't stand for anything". I hear it from the right too, and just laugh, because it's obvious they aren't paying attention to anything except the newsradio and the Clinton campaign's talking points. Saying this stuff over and over doesn't make it any more real.
    Obama is very clear on the issues. For instance, Pakistan? The War? Etc?
    I still don't know if Hillary is for or against the war, but I do know how she voted.

    Shall we move on to the "experience" issue? I'd love to remind whoever pipes up first in the Clinton camp about his record vs. hers, and the fact that he actually has more experience, unless you count the 8 years she spent being lied to by her husband...

    February 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Hillary has been fantastic. She will continue to be a terrific senator or possibly supreme court justice. Obama is the best thing to happen to this party since FDR. The sooner Hillary and Bill can embrace this man of character and vision and put their full support and influence behind him the better.
    Obama is the man to ward off the honorable but misguided McCain and prevent the national nightmare of 7 Scalia/Thomas clones on the supreme court.

    February 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Denis


    February 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Brian in Ohio

    Dear Hillary,

    It is time for you to gracefully and respectfully suspend your campaign. Obama has won the last 8 primaries and caucuses with HUGE margins. These have been in all geographic regions and dramatically different demographics. You have only won NINE states outright while Obama has won TWENTY-TWO, and he is pulling away in the pledged delegate race. Please, Hillary- be selfless and help in unifying the party and throw in the towel and hand it over... as it the writing is on the wall.

    February 12, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. lynn

    Do you realize if Clinton won....there would only be two families in control of the White House for 23 YEARS. Think about it.
    George H.W. Bush 1989-1993, Bill Clinton 1993-2001, George W. Bush 2001-2009, and finally Hillary 2009-2012.
    Totally crazy and not healthy!!!! We could expect the same old Clinton Clan!!
    Obama is America's true answer to "change".
    Go Obama!

    February 12, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. TymeTravel

    Ok guys that does it...I'm also annoucing my divorce to supporting the Clinton Campaign. I'm supporting Obama now. Obama here I come!

    February 12, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Sylvia

    Obama is not what he has The Obama Zombies convinced he is.....STOP DRINKING THE KOOL-AID
    look behind the curtain and ask......WHAT has he really said????
    His speaches that you ZOMBIES keep drooling over belong to MLK and JFK
    What makes you think OBAMA can do what he claims he can do when he cannot even write and speak something original???

    February 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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