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. Jose Card - Independent

    Jim Pallett February 12, 2008 9:30 pm ET

    What is the Democratic Party going to do about Michigan and Florida? It seems that their delegates could be very important if not critical given the closeness of the race between Obama and Clinton. Also, what is the problem in New Mexico?

    I don't think there will be problems at all.
    Obama's non-stoppable momentum will sink Hillary's campaign before the convention. The narrow split will widen soon. You will see superdelegates jump ship as well.

    Hillary's last hope is Hispanics, but not all are for her.

    February 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Mia


    I suppose racist white independent voters would not vote for Obama. Good thing there are nonracist white independent voters who will. Like me.


    This country was founded because people wanted to practice their own religion freely. We are electing a President, not the Pope. Therefore, the fact that he is Muslim has no bearing on my decision.

    Once people stop basing their decisions on fear and emotions, more people will come to Obama's side. As a white woman, I have no interest in Hillary whatsoever. If I'm going to vote for a woman, she will be the most qualified out of all the candidates. Hillary is not.

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. andy

    As a moderate republican I am look ing forward to beating either Clinton or Obama in November.
    One is an insincere policy wonk with astronomical negatives – the other a sincere charismatic with (except for iraq) no policies that appeal to the deciding center of the american populace. The democrats never learn. They should be a shoo in this year – but they have screwed themselves once more. Most of you are probably too young to remember 1968 when Nixon ( of all people) trounced Mcgovern – whose sounded exactly like Obama does today and McCain is a lot more appealing then Nixon.

    old fart andy

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Texas Voter

    Unfortunately I don't think Obama can win the general election. If you look at some of the states he has won you'll notice that many of those are traditional Republican states. So the real question is: If Obama wins the nomination will the Clinton voters from such states at Ohio, Tennesses, Arkansas, Florida, etc. support Obama. Those have been Republican states in the past that the democratic candidate needs to win. On the flip side would the Obama supporters support Clinton if she is the candidate? I suspect more Obama supporters would support Clinton than Clinton voters support Obama.

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. JP

    All I hear from Hillary supporters is how they won't vote for Obama and from Obama supporters how they won't vote for Hillary. STOP ACTING LIKE 2ND GRADERS! Otherwise we may as well hand the white house to the Republicans and another upteen years in Iraq, Iran and whereever else we feel like waging war.

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. Canadian

    Looks like the eject button has been pushed on...

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. cp


    Please do not spread false information. Barack is not of Muslim faith. If YOU want to know more about it, then look it up.

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Given the level of punditry generated, it is difficult not to feel ennui and certain degree of antipathy toward the entire primary/caucus evolution. Do we have this to look forward to until November?

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

    It's not over till the fat lady sings, I to belive in Hillary Clinton, Obama's lack of leadership, his favorite words to chant "yes we can" & "time for change" but what experience has he had were he actually did any of those 2 things. None! Hillary has the experience, the knowledge, & the drive to lead us again as a nation back on top, respected worldwide, economy boomin, deficit down, national debt down, unemployment down, healthcare, etc, etc, etc, and many more. I hope you all make the right choice a choice that will put us ahead. Vote Hillary Clinton!

    Thank You.........
    Rick (Hillary Supporter)

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Mike in Austin, Tx

    Holy cow! America finally got it right! I think I might have to get out of the way before lightning strikes! This is an American movement, not an Obama movement. We are showing the world that we are ready for change!

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. Pia

    Those of you who support Hillary better face facts, she can't win the nomination after tonight. She would have to win every state from now on. What are the chances of that? Zero.

    If she has any pride left, now woud be a good time for her to gracefully bow out.

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Sara in CA

    Other people ARE jumping ship.

    Superdelegates are changing their votes from Clinton to Obama as of today.

    Advisors are secretly telling the New York Times that she's in trouble.

    The head of NOW Chicago resigned also from the Clinton campaign because of HRC's distortions about Obama's right to a woman's choice.

    This is all around the net, in pockets.

    If it were all in one place, it would be much more clear that she's a sinking ship.

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Liam

    What appears to be happening is as people get to know Senator Obama the more they like him. As his name recognition grows, he expands his support, where as Hillary has already maxed out in both catagories. Senator Obama should be polling nationally at around 55% support level with in the next two weeks.

    There comes a time when the majority breaks one way for the person that they want to have on their TVs for the next four years. It looks like they are now breaking that way for Senator Obama. When you have two candidates competing with policy plans that are not very far apart, then the electorate uses likeability and charisma as the tie breaker. It appears to me that Senator Obama has a big edge there.

    Hillery will have to go negative, and that will make her even less likeable, so she is in deep trouble.

    That means that there should be a late surge for him in all the remaining states.

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. JOHN


    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. DC Resident

    I like this: Wait until the Republicans pluck Obama like a Thanksgiving turkey. Yes They Can!
    It made me laugh for 5 minutes. Thank you Shortcake, you made my night!

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Vincent

    Oh, most Clinton supporters WILL back Obama, but NOT the other way around. That's why she's unelectable and loses to McCain, but Obama WINS when placed next to McCain.

    February 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. K Kim

    hey tomdavie this is the worst form of sour grapes, if Obama wins in certain demographics its about race this and race that. What about Nebraska and other northern states where he has won and so if Latinos overwhelmingly vote Clinton does it ,means race too. the race card is too tired to be played at this stage.

    February 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. I have yet to vote

    Here in PA, we don't get to have our say until April! I think every state should have the opportunity to cast their vote before anyone steps down. I keep hearing "Will it go until Pennsylvania?" Why shouldn't it?

    Seems like Obama supporters fear going any further!

    February 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. Tina from KY.


    February 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Matt

    People, typing in caps does not make you look cool. It's irritating.

    Poor Hillary... so much for inevitability.

    Obama '08: Change We Can Believe In

    February 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. JB

    How can America get behind a nominee who can't clearly vocalize his stand on the issues? Obama preaches, Obama shines, Obama mesmorizes. But what is he really saying he will do. Well, you have to go to his website to find out. Because he will never talk details at a rally. Very sad America. Maybe he doesn't understand his own position on the issues.

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. ARGHH

    Eric: This is no lie...in my heart, I feel that he is going to lead our country to some place that is dark and evil. I get an overwhelmingly bad feeling about Obama. And, God has not steered me wrong yet. I will trust my heart.

    February 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. nhan

    So much for the "experience talk". Can't even keep the campaign together. So much drama. If Hillary is president, we can expect the country to be just as chaotic.

    February 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. U.S. Army Vet

    To Shawn:

    The problem is that they Hillary supports all grew up in Arkansas when Hillary and Bill were in the governor’s mansion. They are the product of a failed educational system run by the Clintons and they haven't the commonsense to know a bad product and service when they see one. Go Obama!

    February 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Go Hillary

    If Bush could be the country's choice for president I'm not suprised Obama looks to have a chance. Can any of his supports elaborate on what his policy's will bring? Insteand of mindlessly chanting CHANGE.

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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