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. Barbara

    This appointment surprises me but it is a good way to bring the Barack and Hillary team together.

    June 16, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. West Coast

    Michigan voter-

    You make no sense. I thank God that I dont hold a irrational grudge like you Hillary Clinton / Anti Obama people. You ALL make yourselves look and sound ridiculous. Sorry.

    June 16, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. rese


    June 16, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |

    June 16th, 2008 8:15 pm ET

    we need hillary clinton on the ticket for you need her help sp put her on the ticket and get to work on the problems as you promise thank you


    June 16, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  5. Allen In North Carolina

    Janie, Raleigh, N.C. June 16th, 2008 10:30 pm ET

    I want to be able to support Obama, but when he and his campaign do this sort of thing I really wonder about his character. Why does he constantly do things to offend Senator Clinton and by doing so he offends those of us who support him. When I watched him on the podium with VP Gore, Gore looked Presidential. Obama looked like a trainee. I may vote for him, but I will not donate to him or the Democratic party unles Hillary is his VP. That is a fact.

    I may vote for him, but I will not donate to him or the Democratic party unles Hillary is his VP. That is a fact.

    I still say it was an awesome move on President Obamas behalf…. anyone that knows anything at all about hillary clinton, Knows that she'll never work under a former subordinate. And in particularly one she fired….. The man knows what he's doing…… But I am sure the door stands open for her to ask for the position…. LOL…. Good move…..

    And that is the fact.

    YES WE CAN!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  6. Mark

    A note to hillary supporters: If you are impossible to please, then nobody will bother to try and please you. You should choose your next moves carefully

    June 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. After further review,Texas.

    She didnt get along with those that said win at all costs.It wasnt Hillary she didnt get along with it was the other fat meatball lobbyist that got thrown out later.She is very smart and im sure Hillary was sorry to let her go.

    June 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  8. Matt Canoga Park

    Why are all these Obama and Clinton supporters such whiners, cry babies and whimps? I don't like your guy so I'm not going to vote, I'm going to write her name in. I'm voting for McCain. Why did they hire her? It was all her fault. Whaa Whaa Whaa.

    No wonder you can't get anything done and won't win the presidency this year or in four years. If your party is made up of ignorant fools and do nothing canidates then no wonder your party is a disfunctional mess. And you deserve all you will get and make me happy I left your lame party years ago under the last fool you put in office.

    You try and blame Bush for the war yet last time I checked the Constitution it was congress that declares war. Which makes the war just as much your fault as the other side. You cry on these forums everday that they should impeach Bush yet twice as many Americans approve of the job he has been doing then the Democratic led Congress. Yet both are sub par.

    What a bunch of Chumps. LOL

    June 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  9. Mia

    It wasn't Patti's fault that Clinton lost. She survived past Iowa. It's kind of scary that there is a lynch mob mentality among Hillary supporters. Richardson backed Obama? Lynch him! Females backed Obama? Lynch them for stabbing their sex in the back! Obama hired a top official from Hillary's campaign–who she herself fired? Lynch her, too! Hillary didn't win? Let's lynch Obama! And let's lynch the media too, because if it weren't for the media leading the people to blindly vote for Obama, Hillary would have succeeded in convincing everyone that she is the only female on earth worth electing President. Let's also lynch the DNC too, for sticking to their guns and punishing Michigan and Florida! Because if Hillary succeeded in seating the full delegation, she could have strong armed enough people to wrench the delegates away from Obama! Fkda rules!

    June 16, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  10. 9ja love

    forget sentiments and do whats right. hill's campaign strategy was at best divisive...this is evident in dem. supporters swithching to the reps side. whoever Obama decides to be his running mate is entirely up to him- and I trust is a good decision as he has always exemplified.

    OBAMA 2008

    June 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. Geri

    The reason Obama is the nominee is because most of his staff are former President Clinton advisors. Just add Patti to the list.

    June 16, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  12. Miryam from New York

    Obama reminds me somebody I know: Hugo Chavez.

    June 16, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. Independant Vet

    Does that really suprise anybody . You may know , the UH Huh twisted tongue. And how much was going on behind the , shady curtain long before now.

    Really will make no diff, uinless she does all the speach writing, for he will stumble even reading from notes.

    Still say he not as smart as a fifth grader. Needs to drink some of Billy;s Beer . Sure Jimmy has a cellar full .

    NOOOoooooo Obama. We don't need him , for his message , we need a change. Well that is all you will have is change, for he will price us out of our shoes.

    Know he is not worrying , for Charvez , will take care of him.

    June 16, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Hey Dennis in Texas,
    more than 50% of this country has said we're on the wrong track.
    If Senator McCain appears to be keeping to the same track
    1) same economic policies as current
    2) same ideas towards keeping the war in Iraq going with the possibility of going into Iran
    3) nominating the same judges as Alito, Roberts (judges that were picked under President Bush)

    how do you see Senator Obama NOT winning?

    I think it's time for complete change and while I gave the Reps every chance to do right, they seemed to get stuck (all the way back to 1998 when they had President Clinton by the nads) in their own tracks.
    So, it's time for change "my friend." And with only two choices left, Obama or McCain, one is a clear change and the other apparently does not represent change. If the number holds in terms of this country being on the wrong track, Obama wins."
    Those are the numbers.

    June 16, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. Allen In North Carolina

    Dear Eunice..... With all 18 million of you voting for hillary..... She still lost.... Now suck it up and act like a democratic woman.....

    June 16, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  16. Raindog

    To Eunice-You are so right. This man and his team just do not get it. Once again they go out of their way to insult Hillary. Ok we get it. You don't think the millions....got that you idiots?millions of people that voted for Hillary do so....not because we don't want a black man Pres. but rather because we understood that Obama lacks the experience to lead this nation. Couple that witht the fact that the old lions of the party...you know those men that kept losing elections tried to shove this snake oil salesman down our throats and maybe you can understand why we will not be voting for Obama. But that's ok you have made it very clear you do not respect us, our values or our concern for this country. All you respect and want is our money to throw away on this losing campaign. Forget it. We will donate and work for individual Democrates but we will not be voting for Obama.

    June 16, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  17. joe

    He can have the idiot. Obama and Solis Doyle certainly deserve each other...glad they have connected. Meanwhile I will write in Hillary - the best candidate in 08.

    June 16, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Last I checked, Hillary Clinton hasn't said anything about being offended by this... only the fringe die hard fans of her's who would rather vote against every issue she stood for instead of supporting the candidate she is now supporting.

    And then they talk about loyalty like it is something they understand. What exactly are they being loyal to... the ideals she represents... well McCain is diametrically opposed to those ideals so voting for him would be a slap in her face. Loyalty to Hillary Clinton... she has asked her supporters to support Obama... so what exactly are they now being loyal to? Hmmm.

    This was a bitter campaign, but it is time look at the real issues and where the candidates stand on them and vote for someone who will most represent your stance on those issues. If you are pro-life, pro-tax breaks for the rich, anti-universal health care, pro-extended war in Iraq... then McCain is absolutely the candidate for you. If your views are opposite those issues... then maybe you should look and see of there is a candidate that is also opposed to those stances and vote for them.

    June 16, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  19. Disapponted

    For those who have made negative comments on this post – see you on the other side – gas prices at $10.00 and war in Iran. Something to think about....

    June 16, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  20. Dan

    Are Hillary supporters still on their periods???

    Iron my shirt...

    June 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Emily

    William A June 16th, 2008 10:41 pm ET

    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.


    It really is like talking to a wall with these guys. I don't think that anyone one of us is going to change their minds.

    This one is probably paid by McCain to try and turn some Democrats over to their side.

    Ain't gonna happen.

    William A. All that you described is what's gonna happen if Mccain gets into the White House. All of it.

    Obama is not going to be doing any of that.

    Get a clue before its to late. Come ot the side of change.

    Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. Bob

    Never vote for Obama. He is the next Jimmy Carter. The Democrats will be doomed for the next 20 years.

    June 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  23. Informed voter from florida

    maybe she'll destroy Obama's campaign too.

    June 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  24. Gene

    Ok.. so first Hillary says that we all need to support Obama.. now she's mad that one of her staffers is supporting him and working for his campaign? I don't get it. Why would she be upset?

    First she says that she doesn't know if she even wants the VP spot.. now they're upset that she may not be the VP?

    Is she bi-polar?

    June 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  25. Jen B

    A smart move hiring Patti Doyle and gentle hint that Clinton might not be on the short list. For very good reasons. Let's not forget that on more than one occasion Hillary praised McCain at the expense of Obama, her Democratic colleague. As VP she would be a liability, Obama needs someone more trustworthy and less polarizing.

    June 16, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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