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. eam

    not a suprise. he copied her the whole time of course he gonna hire all her staff. hopefully she will screw up his campaign like she did clintons. i mean come on that just shows his bad judgement she did a bad job there so you're gonna hire her, man this fool is smoking crack.

    June 16, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. John H Noble Jr

    That Senator Clinton will not be the vice-presidential pick is good news if the message about Ms. Doyle's acceptance is correct. We need breathing space after 8 years of the Clinton co-presidency and a very long and fiercely contested primary season. Maybe Senator Clinton will be a viable candidate in a future run for the presidency but for now we have to judge whether she can be a team player on behalf of Senator Obama's campaign. Future votes like mine may well depend on how she and her followers comport themselves. Any sign of undercutting Senator Obama to advance Senator Clinton's presidential aspirations will deny her our vote in a future election. We must remember that the Republicans are the enemy, not fellow Democrats.

    June 16, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. Alice in Florida

    I cannot wait to say goodbye to this fool – I cannot STAND him, and I hope Florida is the state that sends him and nasty Michelle back to their racist neighborhood in Chicago. What poetic justice that would be!

    November can't come soon enough for me! I am SO SICK of Obama and his nutso followers at this point that I switch the channel every time he is on it – just like I do with Bush.

    McCain is not a good choice, but at this point, he is my ONLY choice. I won't be able to take four years of Obarfa and yucky Michelle and the adoration of them by the media. I swear it already makes me want to vomit!

    June 16, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Mary

    Why do they think they have any right to decide who he hires? These people are crazy.

    June 16, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. jason

    Obama does not owe it to Hillary supporters to make Clinton his running mate. You can threaten him all you want, and even vote for McCain – but the thing is, if "petty politics" is something that you go by, you shouldn't be voting for Obama anyway.

    June 16, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. Ugo

    Excuse me. Is OBAMA'S presidential campaign all about Hillary Clinton? Why does she have to get what she wants even if she's not the nominee. I am sick of her and her so called supporters. If Hrc truly cares about the state of this nation, then she should work with whomever is the nominee to bring about change. Fix the messed up economy. Gosh!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Wayne Thornton

    We need Hillary to counter (balance) the prejudice factor that will be in this race. Why else would someone support McCain? (Of course I imagine people who make more than #250, 000 – like the entire news media personnel, will still vote for McCain's tax cut for the rich. –

    June 16, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. rumpusgoopus

    It's still all about the Clintons, isn't it?

    June 16, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Brett

    Hey, guess what? You just lost my vote, and many, MANY votes of Clinton supporters.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton write-in 🙂


    June 16, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Yes Obama Yes!

    This is a joke right? Please tell me this is a joke and Hillary supporters are not starting there junk again. All we want is to move on and become one Democratic party and they are now acting like Will Bower.

    June 16, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. Jay

    Obama is a PIG! Shame on him.

    Hillary's supporters will not vote for him!

    June 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Bulldog


    What the GOP doesn't want us to know.

    June 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. MARIA H

    I am beginning to believe that the media is trying to keep the dems divided. Why is this news? She no longer has a job with the Clinton campaign why not look for emplyment to unite the party. I believe it's alot of people out there that is trying to stir up trouble in our party. So Obama supporters let's not fall for all the angry comments on the blog if hillary supporters will vote for Mcain they are voting for reasons other then what they believe. They are voting against someone instead of voting for something and if that is the case they will have the blood of innocent soldiers on their hands. 0bama 08

    June 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |

    To all of you who still completely disrespect Senator Clinton and her supporters even after she has given her support to Obama... Remember one thing...

    He needs her (and those who support her), she does not need him...

    June 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. Michael

    Come on folks, stop trying to read the tea leaves here. Let the man do what he needs to do. This source who says she would not have taken the job if she knew Clinton might be the pick, I have a lot of doubt that anyone in the Obama campaign short of Obama himself, knows who the pick will be. I believe that some on the Clinton campaign are just trying to stir the pot, I say let's see what Senator Clinton has to say about this.

    I don't like hearing from staffers or people with the campaigns, I want to hear it from the candidates themselves. Let Obama and Clinton speak to this issue then go from there.

    June 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. KA

    So did Solis Doyle help throw the election for Obama? There were rumors someone high up in the Clinton camp was speaking with him during the primary season.

    It's unfortunate she didn't just go to work for him sooner, instead of mismanaging Clinton's opportunities.

    June 16, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. V. from Virginia

    Yes, because obviously the story of who's on your VP search and what people think from campaigns that already ended is truly "newsworthy". I don't know abuut you, but I care more about who Obama's VP is than who's heading up the search!

    Well anyway,

    Obama/Edwards 08

    June 16, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. LA

    The earth revolves around the sun--not around Hilliary!

    June 16, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |

    Anyone Who Thinks Hillary Is Going To Be Obamas Pick Is Dreaming! After The Scorched Earth Campaign She Ran? The Democratic Party Is Cracked To This Day! The Republicans Are Still Using The Things She Said And Will Do So Through November! After Her Campaign Dreams Were Shattered Obama Picked Up A Few Pieces And Now He Is Putting Them To Good Use! She Was Out Of A Job With Hillary So Now She Works For Obama! Lets Move On!

    June 16, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Lisa

    She shouldn't be happy all that we're stuck with voting for two losers!!

    June 16, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  21. TXBad1 ex-Democrat for 2008

    Watch in November Clinton Supporters will work Great as a Team, Just not for Obama and the upside down Democratic Party!, Obamanites need to start contributing to Obamas campaign and the DNC for the Convention, Us Hillary supporters will not! you Ever think Hillary may not Lower herself to the VP Level for a candidate like Obama, and his Lack of abilities, and when spoke to Black Fathers, not white Fathers and hes 1/2 and 1/2 so whats that tell you?, Tells People with a Brain hes playing the Race card! way to Go Barack Hussain Obama.

    McCain 2008 and Hillary2012

    June 16, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. rachel

    hmm well its his and the country's loss. I am over it if he doesnt pick her he doesn't. I think he is doing stuff to rub the clintons nose in stuff oh well. I heard obama mispoke again, about bush waiting 6 years to meet with autoworkers when he actually met with them in 2003, keep your stuff straight Obama. If Obama didnt get his jollies from sticking it to the clintons maybe he could remember the difference between the prime minister and the president and when bush met with autoworkers. Its obvious Obama dosen't want clinton's help and if he looses he will be the first person to blame it on hillary.

    June 16, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Heidi

    Keeping bashing Hillary, Obama Supporters. Every time you do, you get further and further away from the White House.

    You need our 18 million votes to get you there. You had better start acting a little more grown up!

    June 16, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Tori

    Please stop this! My Dad is about to go on another tour to Iraq and he himself said he should be in Afganistan!!!! We need a president that realizes this which is not McSame. Bring our troops home and send them to where the real war on terror is happening!

    June 16, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. J.C.

    Patti Solis Doyle’s hire by Obama is an indication of her qualifications and her ability to attract Hispanic votes. I think it's a smart move.

    June 16, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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