June 16th, 2008
07:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Unhappiness in Clinton camp over Obama hire

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The news of Patti Solis Doyle’s hire by Barack Obama is not being well-received by many of those close to the New York senator and by former members of her campaign team, according to a longtime adviser, a top campaign staffer and several major donors.

Doyle, long rumored to be in talks with the Obama team about a position on the Illinois senator’s presidential campaign, was officially named the chief of staff for Obama’s future vice presidential pick on Monday.

According to one longtime adviser, the move is being seen by many of those close to Clinton as a message she will not be Obama’s vice presidential pick.

An aide to Obama insists the hire should not be read as indication of who their choice will be.

The official reaction from the Clinton camp contained no criticism of the the hire. “Patti will be an asset and good addition to the Obama campaign,” said campaign spokesman Mo Eleithee. “After nearly two decades in political life, she brings with her the ability to tap an extensive network that will be a huge asset to Senator Obama. As Senator Clinton has said, we’re all going to do our part to help elect Senator Obama as the next President of the United States.”

But many of those close to Clinton remain "angry and furious with [Doyle]" over the campaign’s performance early in the primary season, and share a widespread belief she "grossly mismanaged our campaign," according to one former staffer.

"[T]here was no modicum of planning, none of the backup plan that would be in place at any smart campaign in the event we'd lose Iowa, no planning after Super Tuesday," said one former aide. Others say there is plenty of blame to go around.

A top Democrat close to Solis Doyle says Solis Doyle would not have accepted the job if she believed Senator Clinton would be Obama's choice for vice president.

soundoff (440 Responses)
  1. Sherri

    Party unity is what we need. They should not be upset or dismayed. They should work hard to get Barack elected.

    Democrats in the White House in 08!

    June 16, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    You see when Obama trys to reach out to evgeryone he still gets greif!

    June 16, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. ladyatlaw2

    You GO Obama..your way or the hwy..Get over it Hillary supporters we as democrats are in this together come on get ob board and lets smoke dem republicans

    June 16, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    According to one longtime adviser, the move is being seen by many of those close to Clinton as a message she will not be Obama’s vice presidential pick.

    An aide to Obama insists the hire should not be read as indication of who their choice will be.

    The Clinton people just do not know how to work as a team! It is still all about them!

    June 16, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Bilal, Illinois

    Sometimes in a democracy, the other guy wins. Let's move on.

    June 16, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. steve

    This is totally ridiculous. CNN stop reporting rumors like the tabliods. I will stop visiting your site if you continue to publish nonsense such as this absolutely trashy excuse for an article.

    June 16, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    As an Obama supporter...I am upset too....what would happen if the truth challenged aspect of Hillary was a virus...and Patti Solis Doyle is a carrier....then Obama starts advocating giving drivers licenses to illegals....and covering illegal aliens in a healthcare plan...then denying it....oh I hope she is not a carrier

    June 16, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Yes to Obama

    Do anything you can to persuade Al-Gore to be ur running mate.... This way u get ALL Clinton supporters, all the experience Clinton claimed to have... and and and ..... and u will have an unbeatable ticket...

    June 16, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. mike

    ooooo my god is there anything else to talk about than think about whos happy or unhappy. Every American is unhappy the way our country is going why dont you guys report something important to American people. Mccain lost my vote by saying," Bringing troops home is not important." Please CNN TALK ABOUT MCCIANS POLICY STAYING IN iRAQ FOR HUNDRED YEARS!!!!! NOW HE DESONT CARE ABOUT OUR TROOPS COMING HOME.

    June 16, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Steve

    Why doesn't the VP get to choose his chief of staff?

    June 16, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. James, Redlands, CA

    The idea that Doyle was making all of the plans even through Super Tuesday by herself with no involvement or approval by Clinton is laughable. Anyone who believes that Clinton was not an intergral part of the planning or approval of plans is an idiot.

    These statements by those "close" to Clinton that place all of the blame on Doyle are eigther a testimony to poor organizational management by Clinton or another example of them throwing someone under the bus to avoid responsibility.

    June 16, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Liam Danhof

    Who Cares. Must to do about nothing. Hire who ever will do the best job. Hillary, get over it. It is over and that is that.

    June 16, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Fordy

    Here we go again...Here comes everybody making a big issue over a none issue. Ready..Set...Go!!!

    June 16, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |

    get over it
    it only means he hired some help/ thats all

    June 16, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. j

    This appointment did lead me to believe that Senator Clinton wouldn't be the VP choice. Of course what's published by the news media isn't always reflective of the true state of affairs. My other thought was that the VP choice might have an opinion about who their chief of staff is and might want to make their own decision about who that person is. It'll be interesting to see how things develop.

    June 16, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. can

    clinton camp still exists?

    June 16, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. Michelle from Colorado

    no matter what I or anybody says, many people can agree that what has happened in this election year is beyond words. Personally, just as my husband and I saw Hillary's bid for the Democratic nomination slip away while learning for the first time what a caucus was, all i can see is people left behind in the aftermath scurry to get on what they think is a winning ticket.
    Barack Obama is a man of influential words, with ideas stolen from Hillary. None is fully formed because none is his original. The difference between Barack and Hillary, she built the house, he squatted. She is a Democrat who loves the country. He is a Democrat who loves himself. She is a leader. He is a follower. He has had time to think of something for 20 months and he still cannot dig a rabbit out of a rabbit hole. He needs Hillary's left overs.
    But the general election is over. People who were dismayed that Hillary did not win have every right, whether because Barack is "too black", too inexperienced, too leftist, too racist, or the best thing since sliced bread to vote for him in November, write Hillary in in Novmber, vote for McCain in November or just sit home and keep watching the self destruction of our country under the weight of the all knowing pundits, delegates and vultures in our failed political machine. God bless the America that was. Because the America that is about to be isn't worth a peso, ruble, or plug nickle.

    June 16, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Um, we all know that Clinton is not a wise choice for Obama's VP. Clinton should aim to be a top senator like Ted Kennedy... another blogger mentioned her as being a possible Supreme Court Justice nominee. The VP position is a quagmire in politics. Just because we view Cheney having the real say in things, doesn't mean it's the usual definition of the position.

    June 16, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    Are these people adults...this campaign is WAY too long and there are too many people obsessing at every move.

    The Clintons should be out there campaigning for obama if they are interested in being on the ticket!!

    June 16, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Kona

    Never before has one person's every move been under such a microscope. It's his decision who he surrounds himself with, and so far those decisions have paid off handsomely. For those of you looking for more a track record with this man, I say keep watching, you're looking at it grow.

    June 16, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. independent chris

    Oh, are we still pretending that HRC ever had any chance of being included on the ticket? Ok, then I guess we're also pretending that McCain has even the slightest chance of winning in November.

    June 16, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. ABG

    Another good reason NOT to vote for Barack Obama.

    June 16, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. REPUB OF LA.


    June 16, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. KEYON

    Can we all just get along with each other. This is what Sen. Obama is doing. Unity with Amercia people.

    June 16, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Allen In North Carolina

    :)....... There's no way hillary will be VP now.... Hillary going to work for Obama?.... And to cap it off, have one of her employees as her boss?.... I think not. That was totally brillant on Obamas behalf.... I'd say that was checkmate with the hillary VP hopes. Besides shes fine right were she is..... Somewhere being nice and quite.... Kudos to you President Obama.

    June 16, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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