June 16th, 2008
07:12 PM ET
6 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. HM

    MAYBE DOYLE HURT HILLARY'S CAMPAIGN ON PURPOSE. I DO NOW QUESTION THIS AS WILL MANY OTHERS. MAYBE SHE IS A TURNCOAT.

    June 16, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Jacksonville Florida Guy

    So much for the Dems in 08. First Obama says he does not need Florida and Ohio, and now this subtle message to Clinton that she is not welcome. I will be majorly suprised if Obama wins in November.

    But then again Obama and his supports donot need anyone except themselves. Jerks.

    June 16, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Jason

    Don't these so called "Hillary Supporters" know the meaning of "move on"?

    June 16, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Arkansas Undertaker

    I am so sick of these people and their enuendos. my goodness get over it!!!!

    Senator Clinton is not out of the running for VP. If you people keep pushing and threatening Senator Obama, you are going to push her out in the cold.
    Just shut up about it. And let the man think things thru.

    June 16, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. DeeJam - Los Angeles

    I always like Obama's decisions, however, she completely mismanaged Clinton's campaign. I can only speculate that Obama had a very good reason to chose Solis Doyle and must have spoken with her about her learning her lessons. People are human and all humans make mistakes. I'm sure Obama knows what he's doing.

    June 16, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. JIM...TX

    I can hear HRC's supporters now on this:) Remember Bill Richardson. I'm sure there's plenty of blame to go around as to who did what for Hillarys campaign to implode...including Hillary herself for surrounding herself with so many dreamers AND supporters. Don't forget you all...she's back asking you for MORE $$$$.........

    June 16, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. dorseywilliams

    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 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Terry

    They can have her. Maybe she can add her screwup skills to his campaign.

    June 16, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. NC Voter

    Is anyone surprised? Don't be. Watch for more of this. We don't know Obama and he has no track record. As a Hillary supporter, I am certainly not convinced. How about that Iraq slip he made? More of this to come too, do you think?

    June 16, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. gdouglas

    If i were a Clinton supporter I would vote for McCain He will make a better President. Mrs Clinton was the best candidate but I guess people thought differently especially the black voters.
    they appeared to vote for Obama because he was black not that he was the best candidate. If that wer the other eway then all you would hear would be that the white voters were racists

    June 16, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. Herman in LA

    Who cares just get the job done and get Barack elected...

    June 16, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. I AM NOW AN INDEPENDENT!*********

    MAYBE THIS IS WHY SHE DID SUCH A CRAPPY JOB FOR HILLARY!

    OBAMA OR OPRAH PAID HER!
    WHAT EVER! SHE CAN BE A PART OF THE LOSING TEAM!!!!!
    WE THE PEOPLE,HAVE A LOT MORE POWER THAN WE REALIZE! THERE ARE A LOT OF REALLY PISSED OFF PEOPLE ABOUT HOW HILLARY WAS TREATED AND OBAMA WILL NOT GET OUR VOTES!!!!!!
    PUMA!

    June 16, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Tim

    Go Obama!

    June 16, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. dorseywilliams

    we need hillary clinton on the ticket for you need her help so put on the ticket and get working on the things that is important to the people and stoped that i'm better than any of the other people you need all the help you can get to get this county backed in shape you are a man so make up your mind know thank you so get on with it

    June 16, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Rita

    The beat goes on. McCain 08

    June 16, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. I AM NOW AN INDEPENDENT!*********

    THE GREAT THING IS THAT THIS PROBABLY MEANS THAT HILLARY WILL NOT BE HIS VP!
    SHE CANNOT RUIN HER REPUTATION RUNNING WITH HIM.
    SHE WILL NEED TO COME BACK IN 4 YEARS AND CLEAN UP THE MESS FROM EITHER ONE OF THESE FOOLS!

    June 16, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. PumaontheRocks

    Hillary doesn't need to be VP.
    I am a Hillary supporter. I could care less if she jumped ship and went to the dark side.
    Obama reminds me of a modern day Hitler with his speeches and the way people fall over him.
    The DNC can have Obama.

    June 16, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I thought they were all looking for a job and Doyle got one. If they keep looking and stop complaining maybe they too will be lucky. It's not about Obama's pick it's about a JOB.

    June 16, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. keepitreal50

    Well, Hillary shouldn't be so surprised since she tried to strong arm Obama after he was rightly named the democratic nominee. She has been pretty reckless in her campaigning and not even a congratulations to the man she so badly seeks the VP spot from until she was forced to do so. Very poor cred, Bad sports-womanship and frankly, down right disrespectful. I would not give her the time of day. Atleast he considered her. That's all she should get. She lost and is proving to be a sore loser and a cry baby. Not someone I would want as my VP. She is toast and it's all her own fault. Obama owes the Clinton's nothing. Bill can't even come clean with his Presidential library donors, so they are still not being truthful with the American public. Barack Obama set the standard in the Clinton's own back yard. They were bulletproof, right? WRONG!!

    June 16, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. Minnesota against Johnny McSame

    Blame Patti-Solis-Doyle for the failed campaign of Clinton. Clinton campaign already threw her under the bus, now she cannot even earn an honest living because they don't like her?

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

    Why get mad at the appointment? Senator Clinton should not even think of being Senator Obama's choice for VP., not after all she has done to him personally, the ammunition she handed to McCain, and for the division that now exists within the Democratic Party. Additionally, her campaign debts would be far too strenuous for the DNC to manage at this time. She will possibly get the Department of Health.

    Obama '08

    June 16, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. 2Nurselady

    This woman is allowing herself to BE USED by the Obama campaign, giving him ammunition to continue to thumb his nose at the women of this country in addition to Ohio and Florida which his campaign manager reportedly said Obama does not need to win in November and swing states he believes he also does not need. He failed to win the Democratic base. And, he thumbs his nose at 18 million Hillary Clinton supporters! HILLARY SUPPORTERS NEED TO STAND OUR GROUND! Obama CANNOT win without us.

    June 16, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. BROOKLYN

    Plain and simple... Obama will not gain Senator Clinton's supporter votes without her.
    No chance at all...

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

    The very fact that the mainstream media including CNN is so obsessed with HRC that they resort to quoting unnamed "sources" and "former aides" and others proves that HRC rocks ! She is a strong, powerful and yes – successful woman .Thats why none of you misogynists can deal with her.

    Why don't you Obamabots go back to your cultlike worhsip of your neophyte leader and grow up a little?

    June 16, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. Women In California for Obama

    P U M A = Purely/Unethical/Mixed-Up/Amorals. Obama you will never please them. Don't try. They get what they deserve.

    June 16, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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