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. Rick

    All the Obama fanatics should attend the Trinity Church of Christ of Chicago and bring their daughters.

    Stay there for twenty years listening to crazy, racist remarks. Watch the bulletins that support an Anti Semitic Nation of Islam leader, louis Farrakhan have 20,000 Muslim worshipers support their candidate.

    Farrakhan is frightening. Google him. You tube him.

    Now vote for him.

    Clinton supporters and smart Americans are waking up to the "empty suit" of Obama. Not only is he empty but he's scary.

    June 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Hillary & Bill

    Wake up

    It is not a good Fit for the any reason

    Hillary is not bitter.

    Hillary people need to move on.

    Bill got 90% A/A vote and 37% White vote and won twice

    Obama has those numbers right now.

    McSame will loose like a war hero

    Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. embark

    Yes write Hillary's name on the ballot and insure that the candidate with the policies farthest away from hers gets elected.

    June 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Michigan Voter !!!

    I Support Hillary She Is The Best Canidate For President , In A Race Between Obama And Sen. John McCain , I Will Vote John McCain For President . I'm A Life Long Democrat Like My Parents , And Grand Parents . But Folks I Gotta Tell Ya , John McCain Is A Way Stronger Canidate , Than Obama !!!

    This November This Democrat Will Cross Party Lines , And Vote For The Republican Ticket . Party Issues Don't matter Anymore , Al Gore Is Endorsing Obama In Detoit Tonight , Obama Can Have All The Endorsements From Democratic Elete , Means Nothing To Me ,The Deal Is I Don't Endorse Him !!!

    America Needs A Strong President !!!!

    This Democrat From Michigan , Will Support , And Vote For
    John McCain President , 2008

    June 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Tom

    I'm a strong supporter of Obama but do have some questions about this move. First, it seems strange to pick the VP candidate's chief of staff when it's not even known who that candidate will be. I hope Obama knows what he's doing on this one and has good reason to think she'll benefit the campaign.

    June 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. Dan

    The Clinton campain doesn't have the right to complain. It is upto Obama to pick the VP that he believes very important for the country, for his campain, etc. I will accept whatever decision he makes regarding the VP choice.

    June 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. EA

    Settle down people. There's plenty of time for vetting prior to the selection of VP. Besides, all the Clinton supporters claimed all along that she was in it to win it. She didn't so let the man do his thing and if she's chosen good. If not, unite and move on. You all sound like spoiled children. Our "girl" didn't make the cheerleading squad, so we're moving!!! Come on people....grow up!!

    Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. think people


    Don't be ridiculous. HRC mismanaged her campaign, and people know that, however strongly they may have wished for her to win, she and Obama are politically virtually identical. How many times do some of you need to be reminded that the Republican administration is the one that has led us to this national and international quandary?

    If Clinton is not chosen as VP, it is because she rendered that impossible with her vicious, divisive campaign. I respect what she has accomplished, if not her methods, and laud her historic achievement for women–but it is NOT ABOUT HER or him now, it is about all of us. DO what is right for the country, our children, and the world.

    THINK, people. Sheesh.

    June 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. jm

    Who's Hillary Clinton?

    June 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. M.S. Indiana

    Looks like Obama found a place for her to be used right, sadly clinton did not...

    On with the issues please...

    June 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. angie

    Please don't get upset at the Clinton Camp. We have to remember it's the MEDIA who is reporting the stories in the first place and we all know they are having it in for the Democrats since day 1.

    These stories will not publish themselves so long as we stick together. YES - That's YOU too Clinton Camp. Please be happy for Patti because maybe this time around, she will make up for all the bad press she has gotten.

    I'm really happy for her and wish Patti well.

    June 16, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Paul Lennon

    Clinton supporters can't wait to vote against this guy.

    June 16, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. William A

    What Change? The only change the brainwashed Obama supporters are going to get is the face of John instead of George. The Devastation will continue, the war will continue, the draft will be iniated, the economy will continue to get worse, Health Care will be non-existent and Republicans will continue to have no clue!

    And you all deserve every bit of misery you get. Only fools can be so blind to vote for He who cannot lead, cannot win, and cannot change the fix your in! Get ready for another Republican White House. Hope you all enjoy the misery you've lunged upon the World.

    June 16, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. Cathy

    I really think this was the wrong choice at the wrong time, i.e. the Obama team is trying to unite the party and bring Hillary Clinton' s supporters on board. I've been an Obama supporter for quite some time now. He's run at great campaign but I think this was a bad move, at least right now.

    June 16, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. Eunice

    Another question that just came to mind is who knows whether Patti was already secretly working for Obama from set go before IOWA? It could be that she was part of the plan to mess Clinton campaign up so she will not do well.

    This is a million Dollar question. If not how can anyone explain why she should be hired almost immediately if she was a failure in another campaign?

    June 16, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. BJ

    One more reason for Hillary supporters NOT to vote for Obama!

    June 16, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. Thanks BRIAN Knoxville ,TN

    Brian Knoxville, TN .................................
    NObama never. False prophet, or failed leader who needed to be
    carried across the finish line by the political malpratice of the failed leaders of the undemocratic Democratic Party, or both? it's hard to tell.

    JUST because of you BRIAN I am voting FOR OBAMA ........YOU campaign against him every day ..............IF A MONSTER like you DISAGREE with HIM........... HE must be GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY !!!!

    June 16, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. obama=underhanded liar

    The b@$tard will tax us to death and while he's busy spending all our money, we'll be bombed again. I don't think people realize how dangerous this man is. This man is insane.

    June 16, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  19. Toot

    Hillary don't worry about this. This is just another way to show how ill advised he (Obama) really is and wait he will slip up.
    Hillary for President!!

    June 16, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. dumb

    let him make his decision and stop inferring things

    June 16, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. PUMA_PartyUnityMyA.S.S.

    he cud even have the Pope in his campaign 4 all i care! But NEVER...NEVER...NEVER will he have our votes! Not in western PA and not on my watch!!!


    Hillary 2012 🙂

    June 16, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. Save the party

    Hillary shoud not accept vp position, the man will loose in November why to prop a falling tree. It is not in her interest to go for number 2 position. She can stand tall on her own. I think O wants to drown her alongwith in November.
    Stand away Hillary, the wise lady.

    June 16, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. Montana is Obama Country

    First I'd like to say- lots of people had grumblings in the Clinton Camp. That was their problem which lead to her demise. In-Fighting..

    If TRUE: – Why do I find it NOT unusal for any "preceived" negative comments to come from the Clinton camp.. They treated Richardson with dishonor and disrespect.. Who could forget James Carville's comment.

    I think Barack has a plan he has strategically put in place many, many months ago and now we are going to see it come to fruition with a huge victory in Novemeber.

    If,,, and I mean with a stretch as I am not sure all the facts are true here in the piece- than HRC campaign harbors more retaliation than she will let on.... IF SO..- She is than making hidden agenda plans for her future and her future only... not necessarially for the good of America..

    Hopefully this is an incorrect news release and there is actually more positive endings to the story..


    June 16, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. dennis from texas

    o bama with little or no experience can not win the ticket as the head man.... it does not matter who he picks he is still a manipulator.bitter and lacks the integrity to lead just look at his senate voting record 138 times present.... now that is REAL LEADERSHIP... GOD bless america pray that this man never wins////

    June 16, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. Rebecca - Fresno, CA

    Well "dash" and any and all of the other still disgruntled Hillary supporters out there..... you are showing the rest of us just how little you care about the other citizens of the US, and how out of touch with reality you are. Hillary is not the nominee......... that's a fact..... and even she realizes the importance of not "blowing" this election. I am not so sure what people you think "won't vote for Obama," but if you were smart, considering the reality of the choices before us, I would be willing to bet my life savings on the fact that you are dead wrong about that and will be sorry that you weren't apart of the historic election that began the much needed changes in our country's government and around the world. Jump on the bandwagon or be left behind in your antipathy to progress.

    June 16, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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