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. Loretta from California

    Moderator , Let me try this again.

    I hope this isn't an indication that Senator Clinton won't be his VP pick. It would be very disappointing.

    Democrats, To fight the smears (Lies) go to this site

    June 16, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. haiti411

    Don't be narrow minded. God bless America. God bless the World.
    Obama represents and means more for America than any other candidate. Let's be realistic and see with the eyes of reason and humanity.

    June 16, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. marvinj


    To those who choose to give up the few morals they have left to vote for this train wreck, so sad. His own party rejected him and his war record, fact in the 2000 election and now his fellow Senators are rejecting him now some still have not come out in support of him. I'm willing to bet they him and his so called experience alot better than any one on this site....

    All those years in the senate what has he done for me over that time (NODA).

    And women voters look at what he's offering to take away from women. Are you really that mad. Because Hilliary was beaten by running a weak campaign. Is it Sen. Obama's fault she mis-managed her campaign. She proved she could not manage the country.. She failed the primary test. Let's move forward the country needs you all.

    Obama /Powell 08

    June 16, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  4. Jay

    To Hillary's 18 million supporters please help Hillary pay off her debt, at least $2 .00 from each of you will go a long way.
    The interesting thing is, the Obama you keep insulting everyday is the one who cares so much about Hillary and is will to help pay off her debt.

    June 16, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  5. vixtor

    i am sure she secretly worked for BO to sabotage Hillary...we'll see how this one turns out

    June 16, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  6. Joe in Kentucky

    If Al Gore does not have a problem with it, neither do I!

    June 16, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. Abe

    This decision is very confusing. The reason Hillary lost can be traced all back to her. Why then would he want this lady anywhere near him? Well I guess this could be called change. I still suport Obama though because we can't have four more years of republicans!

    June 16, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  8. Jay

    For all you Hillary supporter know, Hillary adviced Obama to hire her because Hillary might be the VP after all.

    June 16, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  9. Obamawho?

    It seems the Obama camp is forgeting one thing, the White House!!!Bashing Clinton supporters is not helping your candidate but hurting him. You all are underestimating just how we feel...maybe it will take a loss to McCain for this camp to realize just how deep the wounds are. It is one thing to lose fair and square but it is another to be the best qualified candidate and lose. You all are afraid of the Clintons, almost as if it would be too much if Hillary had won and turned the country around once again. Well, go McCain, your stand on the issues does not even matter. I am willing to sacrifice four more years of Bush policies in order to stand for something. It is a small price to pay considering people pay with their lives for something they believe in!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  10. Riskco Cartel

    I can't believe how out of touch some people really are, come on people, I believe Obama was right when he said, "we are angry and bitter", we need change (show some love people). The same measure that you judge somebody the same measure you will be judged. Think about what's going on in this world people, we need help and that's the bottom line. We Have Already Won!!! It"s A Done Deal!!! Stop being a Haterilly, Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. Bishop

    Can we stop demanding Clinton to be on the ticket. NO ONE like bullies, and NO ONE has to pick anyone. I don't see Sen. Obama picking Sen. Clinton to satisfy fake Dem. HRC supporters. If you'd ONLY vote for Obama because of Clinton, then you can take your HRC behinds back to the RNC. Real supporters support the FAMILY....

    And can we STOP trying to make speculations facts like the gas prices, wars, whether or not Sen. Obama can win being at the top of the ticket, etc. None of these events have happened...think about that elementary fact...

    PUMA – NO ONE cares what YOU think!!! That what wrong with PUMA, always thinking that its about them, and what they want...GROW UP

    And I agree that Sen Obama WILL find her a place in the campaign. Really Dems welcome ALL TRUE believers

    Welcome DOYLE to the TEAM!!!

    CHANGE '08 = Obama '08
    Continuing Change '16 = Clinton '16*

    *If she and her supporters get there act together...

    June 17, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  12. Monica, Texas

    How is an insult to Hillary???? Why shouldn't she accept I'm sure she has bils to pay like everyone else. We should applaud the Obama camp for making the offer to former Hillary supporters....and like wise if he gave the job to someone else everyone would be saying "How come he is not giving any positions to the former Hillary camp" No matter what is done many of you will complain about it.

    June 17, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  13. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Message to Obama...and ALL of his supporters.

    You CANNOT win this election without Hillary Clinton. She received more than half the Democratic votes cast in the primaries.

    Unless you want to go down in history as a dismal election failure eg. George McGovern, you will select Hillary Clinton as your running mate.

    She has earned it, and you will not succeed without her.

    I support her, and may still vote for McCain even if she is on the ticket. That is how disliked Obama is among Hillary supporters.

    So, suck it up!

    June 17, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  14. Like Obama, NY

    hiring seniro staff from another campaign is almost always a way to throw a bone to the other campaign! Seriously! It's one of the points that losing candidates often negotiate over with the victor when they are discussing their withdrawal. This would be especially the case in Solis Doyle's case who the Clinton team felt was unfairly blamed by the media. How either the media's coverage of this or some ranting bloggers can turn this into a slap in the face when it would normally be viewed as just the opposite is simply ridiculous.

    June 17, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  15. Proud American

    Enough already!! Obama has a job to do. Let him get to work.
    Lets Go Dems!!!!!

    June 17, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. Gordon

    I think democrats should stand together against the dying republicans at this point in time, and there after they carefully cuse who will make the best VP otherwise if democrats continue they to push Sen.Barack to take on Sen.Clinton before winning the elections the game may fall into the hands of unromantic mcain.Sen.Barack knows that despite her previous dirty tricks they will work together for amore united states sen. Clinton

    June 17, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  17. canada

    those people voiting for McCain sound like stupid but good luck.

    June 17, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  18. SC for Hillary

    Obama can hire his KENYA GRANDMOTHER, and he still will not win. Obama should go to Kenya and maybe he can get some experience as Kenya's First Home Boy to leave and return as president, after all his Kenya father left home and returned back to his wife he had never divorced prior to marrying Obama's mama. Obama is an empty suit with nothing other than rhectoric to offer. Go back to corrupted Political Chicago. Obama give Alice Parlmer her senate seat that you stole from her on a scam technicality. Mccain/Coln Powell 08

    June 17, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  19. Lilarose

    As was suggested by some politicos on talk shows tonight, I totally agree that this move was an insult to both Hillary Clinton and her supporters.

    Obama is not doing a great job courting older women. We have dealt with betrayals like this all of our lives, especially in the workplace.

    June 17, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  20. Dylan

    This move at this time makes sense. Do it while the Clinton supporters are so angry that it can't get any worse. It sends the message now that Clinton won't be on the ticket., rather than letting the situation fester for two months and facing a brand new wave of hate come August. Other than coming right out and saying it, which is not realistic, this is the best way of letting the country know that he is a man of his word and really does want to turn the page.

    June 17, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. Mike

    It's funny. Everyone who supported Clinton and is now supporting Obama is a traitor. I'd like Clinton Fanatics to answer me this: Since Solis Doyle is a traitor for supporting Obama, as is anyone who once supported Clinton, and now supports Obama, would this not mean that Hillary Clinton is also a traitor for supporting him?

    June 17, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  22. Ron L

    I will keep this very short and to the point...
    This ONE of the main reasons they lost the campaign....
    Instead of taking care of their OWN house they are focused and complaining about things out of their control...

    NEW FLASH!!!


    Some of her words and actions in the primaries were UNACCEPTABLE and UNFORGIVEABLE!!!


    June 17, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. NC

    its ashame that all the Clinton people blame everybody for her downfall except her ,she knew the people she had running her campaign,im angry at her as a woman we always check our money and all of our surroundings to make sure that everything is okay,she dropped the ball herself,she should also have checked the big mouth men in her campaign including her husband,they helped more to make her lose than Pattie,now its Obama and Doyal thats at fault why are you all so angry at them,lets talk now about gas prices,food,education for our kids and get on with Democrates winning in November

    June 17, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. MK

    No one posting here knows the specific ins and outs of the Clinton campaign, which, according to Clinton's own aides, was beset by dysfunction and infighting. So who knows how good or bad Solis might have been, whether she took the fall for someone else's ego, or what Hillary might think and feel about it by now. I'm guessing that if HRC wants to be VP, and if Obama chooses to offer it to her, she and Solis will be able to be adults, forcryin'outloud.

    June 17, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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