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. mary

    (not sure my previous message took)



    June 16, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Gillis

    I think it's time for me to send in my $2300 campaign contribution to Obama, which would've been shelved until a VP, not Hillary, is anounced.

    June 16, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Let it rest, WI

    Who Obama hires to work for him or in his cabinet is HIS CHOICE, not the choice of Clinton's supporters. Maybe they can choose who works for her or for McCain since they are who Clinton suppoters are voting for. jk..

    Bottom line. You can have it both ways. Either you support the candidate or you don't. Who you give your vote to is still in the end your choice, but you can't expect OBAMA to ignore the people who do support him. We want unity and if that means joining camps with a former rival (who is on the same page by the way) for the good of the country, then so be it.

    June 16, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. Lisa

    I just donated to Clinton's campaign. Say what you want but she's the best qualified person to lead this country.

    June 16, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Please no more Clinton, it's about November now!

    Yes, it still hurts for some people, but it's about November now. We have two choices.

    1. Keep our hard earned money here in America, to fix our bridges, fix our levees, improve our economy, keep our jobs here, improve our international relationships, keep our rights, improve our country.


    2. Vote Republican 😦

    June 16, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. READY999


    June 16, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. Mariann Pepitone

    Patti Solis's husband is connected to the Daley machine and Hillary should never have hired her. No doubt she was telling her husband everything that was going on in the Clinton camp. She is in the same category as Richardson, Kennedy, Kerry, Biden, Gore and Edwards who is now looking for the VP spot. The only way that all of Hillary's voters are going to stop Obama is vote for McCain. You have to vote. If you don't vote Obama could win and we need to stop him from being elected. Gore lost the election because he didn't want to list to Bill Clinton. Hillary lost because the DNC were against her and went behind the scenes with Obama to the superdelegates soliciting favors for votes for Obama. Dean is the worst chairman the DNC ever had and Nancy did not want Hillary to become president because she wants to be the woman in power and she was jealous. Obama is underhanded, crooked and a pretense.

    June 16, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. BrendaF, Mesquite, TX

    Any Clinton supporter who is considering voting for John McCain is not thinking straight. Are you really willing to gamble with the future of the Supreme Court, a loss of a woman's right to choose even in the event of rape or danger to the mother's health; and ever seeing equal pay for equal work? If you are willing to give all that up not only for yourself, but for your daughter(s) and granddaughter(s), then John McCain, sadly, is your man.

    June 16, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. hugues

    It is all about hiillary, no the democratic party,watch!!! out guys, she is back asking for more money and whining about her long time adviser, she might run as an indenpendant.

    June 16, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Trasa, Texas

    They need to stop getting their knickers in an uproar. Whether he goes with her or not, leave it be. Besides, I don't see Hillary being happy being in that position, although it's her choice if she chooses. Let's just work together for whoever it may be. If Hillary is keeping it low key, so should everyone else. Oh, and good for Doyle for working with the Obama campaign

    June 16, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. Brian in Syracuse NY

    Jesus Christ, I've seen less beggars at Penn Station.

    June 16, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Lynn E

    I think she should stay out. And let Obama flounder on his own. Why would Obama hire someone who allegedly mismanaged Hillary's campaign? For her expertise? I'm not voting for Obama anyway and I might if Hillary was on the ticket but it still wouldn't sit with me. Yuck!

    June 16, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. It's about November now!

    It's about November now. I know it still stings, but we need to think about one thing right now, OUR COUNTRY!!

    Our bridges are collapsing.! Our levees are failing! Our friends and family are still fighting for a lie in Iraq. Our children are being left behind! Our jobs are going overseas.

    It's time to work on America. VOTE DEM!

    June 16, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. 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 ,
    America Needs A Strong President !!!!!

    John McCain President , 2008

    June 16, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. willy

    look, we all knew she wasn't going to be the VP. This solidifies it. Otherwise, we are all in for a big surprise if he does choose [which I am not against by the way, I just hope he finds a way to govern with another "government in waiting"]

    June 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Roger from CA

    I'm a bit unhappy about the two ticker items in a row that highlight and blow out of proportion the silliness of the campaign, rather than issues: first, the focus on Obama erroneous reference to Maliki as the "President" (great job, CNN: giving all the McCainobots a false comparison to make to all of McCain's substantive gaffes about the region). Now this potboiler hoping to stir up fury from the Clinton-diehards???

    Stop, it CNN and the rest of the media: There will be PLENTY of substantive issues to chase between now and November. Stop trying to damage our democracy with this sort of nonsense.

    June 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Maybe just maybe, Obama will drop out once he finally realized he's not qualified for the job.

    June 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. NoMcSame

    One mans trash is another mans treasure. Don't hate now because you are not on the winning team. Put in an application like everyone else.
    Welcome aboard Patti and don't worry about the HATERS. They will come around soon.

    June 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |

    Does This Mean She Wont Campaign For Him Like She Said She Was?

    June 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Keith Johnson

    She is being brought in as the Chief of Staff to the Vice Presidential Nominee. Given her long history with Hillary Clinton, this sounds to me like there is a much greater chance that Clinton could be the VP pick.

    So beyond the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth, what's the problem?

    June 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. What if?

    I can't remember a nominee, even when Bill Clinton was the nominee, that voters acted in the manner of some of you voters. Do you honestly think everyone would have been happy about everyone that Clinton would have chosen for certain position in her administration, if the nominee? The media would have to relay her decision to us as voters, and we would have had to except her decision and live with it. Although some of you think you were so special it would have been different, is a person madly mentally ill. Never would she had any voter tell her what to do, that‘s was obvious when she refuse to concede. I don't know how or why a few of you think you have the RIGHT to tell Obama what right and what‘s wrong for him.

    Maybe if you would have mistreated, told lies, belittle and wanted Bush to be a MASTER MAY I type of president, maybe we wouldn't be in a war, high cost of gas and food . It’s sad that how some of you think Obama is suppose to do this, he‘s a grown MAN, not a boy. I hope he ignore those who are mentally unstable. We as voters are all equal, non of have the right to demand McCain, or Obama to do what you say, no voter has such a prestige position…….It’s time for us as voters to RELIZE, what you say goes, it never have and it never will. This is so mean, bulling and prejudice acts that belongs back in the 1600’s, not 2008.
    Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Carl29

    Maybe this is the price Hillary will have to pay if she wants to be Obama's VP, to put up with Patty Solis Doyle. Obama might be sending Hillary this message: If you want to come on board, it 's going to be on my terms. I'm the one calling the shots, and I get to choose who works in my campaign. Good For Him!!!!

    June 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. Lance

    It's real simple.......Obama chooses Clinton as his runing mate and he gets my vote........he chooses someone else and McCain gets my vote. There are millions more voters out there that are thinking along the same lines.

    June 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. Martha in Lake View, SC

    Some of the Clinton supporters seem to be overly sensitive about the consideration of Sen. Clinton for VP. Let's get real. It is going to be the one who seems to be that VP candidate that can best help Obama get elected. All other considerations really don't matter if you can't get elected. It will probably be Sen. Clinton, but two months is a long time in a presidential campaign.

    June 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. Susan

    If Hillary is not Vice President pick, we will not vote for Obama.

    June 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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