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. Morgan

    Wow, the shifts in the demographics of todays voters compared to 'Super Tuesday' show just how seriously Hillary's campaign is on the road to Nowheresville, USA.

    Now 'seniors', 'white men' and the 'less affluent' are voting for him in droves....

    And they say his campaign has no momentum.... Suck it! Pundits !! lol

    OBAMA '08 !

    Yes We Can !!

    (and will !!)

    February 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. obamasweeper, DC



    February 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. tomdavie

    A big round of applause to the MEDIA and racist african american 90-10 vote.

    Way to rigg the election.

    Did anyone notice that the base of the party -outside the racist vote – is behind clinton?

    Doesnt matter does it?

    February 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Joe

    Obama has won many primaries, but he has not carried a major state besides Illinois, his home state. He lost NY, CA, NJ. Obama needs to show Democrats that he can win Texas or Ohio. I seriously doubt Obama wins Ohio, Texas or even Pennsylvania. If Hillary wins these states, she has the nomination.

    February 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Edryn J. Coleman


    OBAMA IS A CHRISTIAN! WATCH CNN! THEY SAID THIS A MILLION TIMES! He is not a muslim. You are on the CNN blog, so I know that you are intelligent. Don't be mislead by fear and lies.

    February 12, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Helen

    Henry worked on the Gov oof VA campaign the man BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO says is on his short list for favors after getting his endorsement. Hardly a change from politics as usual!! What a fake. BO is leader of a cult

    February 12, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. john

    Obama is rocking the process!

    February 12, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. JLP

    OBAMA THIS! OBAMA THAT! OBAMA ! OBAMA! Give me a break! It is not over with until the delegate count say so! Go Hillary! Go Hillary! Go!

    February 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Matt

    Everyone needs to take a chill pill. What happens in November if Obama gets teared apart by the Rupublican machine? He has had like 3 years of experiece, and I hate to say this, even though I like Obama: Who would know who he is if he didn't give that speech in 04?

    I like Obama, but the fact of the matter is speeches don't get you anywhere. Actions need to speak louder than words, and to me, that is not happening.

    One good thing though is that history is being made on two fronts this year. It looks as though a women or an African-American will run for president.

    AND to all those who say the wheels are coming off, grow the heck up. Campaigns go through change all the time. Who would have thought the campaign would go this long; no one. Grow up everyone. Obama will have staff changes as well.

    February 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Kristy from NY

    The democratic base is in a sad state when it base is saying that don't think they can support Obama if he is the candidate. Or rather, the base is sadder for putting him there. I will not be voting democrat if he is the candidate. Choosing between Obama and McCain is like having to choose the lesser of two evils, both bad choices for the country

    February 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. LINDA K. IA.

    It's not over yet!!!!!! I support Hillary. And so do a lot of others!

    February 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Charlie

    Cynics... step aside. Allow Change we Can Believe In!

    Washington, DC

    Said it Loud this evening...

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Kim in Houston, TX

    Please believe that Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio are ready to stand for change!

    TX will Barack the Vote!

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. MKite

    If the Hispanics new better they would realize it's much better to have Barack in office for them(honestly)....Clinton is really just talk...she really doesn't understand the struggle, and she really doesn't care...she thought she would get the black votes.... but they saw through her in just enough time.... she cares only about that vote, she feels entitled... please step aside Mrs. Clinton.. if you really care about the country as much as you say you do, then even you would be rallying for BARACK! We can feel it ya know...it's not just the words... anyone could say the right words if trained but.......we know that his heart is for the betterment of the US (he has something to lose you know: time with the family that you can see he absolutely adores (unlike yours), sleepless nights, but most of all he has the understood threat on his life...he's putting a lot on the line...and he's such a young man)......we don't feel that same way about you ma'am. So Please .....step aside.

    February 12, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. tomdavie

    Clinton supporters will NOT support Obama

    We got a HUGE media bias. We got a HUGE african american BIAS.

    This isnt about the ISSUES.

    Mc Cain 08

    February 12, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. ss

    i'm already toasting to the fact that the next president won't be another conservative.
    i'm a democrat, but i'll take mccain anytime!

    February 12, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Based on your website, CNN, you are projecting St Barack the Divine the winner in Maryland with 0% reporting. Who the hell are you–Miss Cleo? The percentages at your last tally was St Barack the Divine-33 & Hillary Clinton-50. Care to let us in on how you forecast the winner?

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Andrew, CO

    Clinton must be taking her frustration out on the staff. LOL

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Theresa

    It aint over until it's over! SHE IS WOMAN!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. Ted

    I am traveling in Argentina today and was wearing my Barack Obama shirt. Stranger after stranger came up to many, from Argentina and other countries, and said, "I hope your country elects Barack Obama. He would do wonders to restore your standing in the world." It's great to see state after state, country after country, and voter after voter recognize the powerful voice, inspiring vision, and unifying respect of Barack Obama. Thanks to all of you who support him! And thanks to Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia for supporting the man who really will change the way Washington, DC, operates.

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. robr

    texas – the alamo – (last stand) how did that turn out?

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. Lynn

    I'm not surprised by the comments on this blog; this is indicative of herd mentality. I hope the thinking people of this country will stand up and be counted as they vote for Hillary. This election is about getting a leader that has proven she makes change happen, not about someone like Obama that's all talk!

    February 12, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. Patrick of Albany NY

    The negativity and comments by the Obama supporters in this entry is disgustingly childish. I hope you all make a very small percentage of the typical Obama supporter.

    February 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Anonymous


    Congratulations America….you were dupped again


    February 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. B for Obama

    Go Obama! I think Hillary should just save up whatever money she has left and try to secure her seat as the NY Senator. She MAY be president of the US someday but that day is not now and I can't tell when.

    February 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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