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. Bayou Joe

    If he thinks this will get him the Hispanic vote, he is mistaken. These props don't work for us Patriotic Mexican-Americans that value our country and will not allow the Muslims to control it for one second. The word is out we know who and what he is and we don't like it.

    McCain has our votes. Check out (google) Adelfa Callejo. to know why.

    June 16, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. Dawn

    Who cares what the Clintons like of dislike?

    June 16, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. McCain 08

    we dont need Hillary or her screaming women to win this election.

    McCain 08,16

    June 16, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. ick

    Obama has plenty of talented people already – there were talented people on Clinton's team too but not PSD from what i've read. Maybe it's a pity hire.

    June 16, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Fredrick-London

    Give this SMART new administration a break!!!
    There's a wide range of choice!!
    Its about CHANGE!!!!! I'm sure Everyone will be taken by surprise
    Only SMART Figures will serve in this GREAT GREAT Administration, its NOT a wise idea to push someone go for something, he/she's not happy with!!!!!
    (Obama-//x//-Al-Gore) or (Obama-//x//-Hillary) Both will make a landslide 70% to the whitehouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    New America!!!
    For those who dream of voting Mc++Bush, Please dont waste time!!!!
    The ENTIRE WOLRD Hate the Repblican!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. What if?

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH..........Do you honestly think everyone would have been happy about everyone that Clinton would have chosen for certain position in her administration, if nominee? The media, then you would have been informed, PERIOD. Never would Clinton had a voter (supporter or not) tell her what to do. Maybe if you unhappy voters would have mistreated, told lies, belittle and treated Bush in this manner and expected him to be a "MASTER MAY I" type of president, maybe we wouldn't be in a war, high cost of gas and food. A much better economy.

    Obama is not that type of MAN, so get over yourself.

    We as voters are all equal, non of have the right to demand McCain or Obama to do what we say. We as voters need to RELIZE, we can not dictate what the president can and can do. These are acts that belongs back in the 1600’s, not 2008. I guess Senator Dole knew what sick supporters we have in our party, judging from her statement....... Senator Dole said this “Democrats had to choose between one candidate who said she’d obliterate Iran and another candidate who said he wants to invite Iranian leaders over for dinner and then maybe a chat after dinner with a good cigar—Cuban. I’d imagine. I DON’T want EITHER of those TWO answering the White House telephone AT 3 o’clock in the morning”.

    Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Leila

    It's not good for Hillary Clinton to be behind Barack Hessein Obama, she's too good to be his veep. Obama is a fake guy with nothing to give but words. Clinton supporters will never back this inexperience and arrogant guy.

    June 16, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. j.j.duggan

    if he picks h.c. as his veep i will not vote for him as i was planning to.
    if he wins were her the blair house will become a den of iniquity like
    the white house was when w.c. was pres.

    June 16, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. 2sense

    Not O's job to make Clinton camp happy. H threw her under the bus. She's a free agent. The message is H is not on O's list. for vp. McCain's sexist remarks have driven away.

    June 16, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. annie

    Why should any Hillary supporters think bho would pick her as VP. The dnc already SELECTED hussein as their candidate. They think he is so God like why does he even need a VP.

    June 16, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. billie wedekind


    June 16, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Cindy

    As the campaign implodes and devours each other... where is Hillary? Or is she actually happy to see Solis Doyle get turned on like that?

    What was once... a glorious team... is now... just petty. Where's the leadership? Was there ever?

    June 16, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Alain

    ...meanwhile the world mocks this entire charade as nothing more than soap operatic gunk.

    Pressing needs exist, an unnecessary war must come to an end, people starve for basic necessities as a result of events of cataclysmic proportions and we grumble over trite garbage as this.

    We got to where we are by our own wanton disregard for what is and should be truly important in this world.

    Shame on us.

    June 16, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. James

    This just in...

    Obama will choose General Wesley Clark for VP!

    Obama/Clark 08!

    You heard it here first.

    June 16, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Scott

    I am getting so sick and tired of this loser acting like the world has done her wrong. She lost fair and square and yet she and her followers continues snivel and whine. I think it would be a severe error for Obama
    to consider her as she is the epitome of selfishness and emotional instability.

    June 16, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. tim

    Wednesday June 18 more crazy , Obama stuff

    June 16, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. K Bell

    Hillary has to be responsible for her own career ups and downs. She surly is not demonstrating a team spirit if sharing talent from her crew is so troubling.
    I am not sure how true all of this "unhappiness" is but it suggest a very selfish attitude. I hope this is not true because I'd like to see her continue as NY Senator with dignity. I'm hoping see will help with the Sean Bell case in New York City.

    K. Bell NYC

    June 16, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Kathy

    I'm not sure exactly what you Obama supporters don't get-–
    We Clinton supporters just DO NOT LIKE HIM–PERIOD. If we did in any way shape or form, we would have considered voting for him to begin with. We did not, and we will not. Its really that simple.
    While some may vote for McCain, others of us will exercise our right and not vote at all. We ARE NOT republicans operatives, and YES we were (note-past tense...were) supportive of the party for many years-even when the choice was a bit hard to swallow. However this year we were asked to choose between an ill-qualified candidate in Obama, and a very qualified candidate in Clinton-we chose Clinton. There are no-I mean no arguments that will pursued us otherwise. Collectively, many of us have carried the water for the DNC for many years, and yet we find ourselves unable to drink from the same well.
    Well enough is enough, no more. The DNC needs to be taught a lesson-this year they will hear from us loud and clear.

    June 16, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. Tejano

    Get to know the real Obama in his own words. Read 'the audacity of Hope" for the real Obama. It should be titled the Audacity of a Dope.
    Americans will not elect a Black Muslim. We are not that desperate or stupid.

    Wake up America before it is too late.

    June 16, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. Allen In North Carolina

    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.....

    June 16, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Mariann Pepitone

    I don't know why Hillary is not running as an independent to payback what the DNC and Obama did to her. She should not have endorsed him she should just said I will stand behind the democrat party. Hillary did not concede but suspended her campaign. She should have won that nomination but the three stooges, Dean, Reid and Nancy made sure she didn't. What you do to someone it will come back to haunt you and their luck is going to fail. That goes for Kennedy, Kerry, Edwards, Biden, Richardson and Gore. It will happen sooner or later but its coming.

    June 16, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Brian

    Wow I bet, one day, there will be an organization centered on disgruntled people so all they can do is tear down the democratic nominee and offer NO plan on how to make Washington better. Oh wait PUMA already exists!

    June 16, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. maggie

    Why couldn't this mean that Hillary WILL be Obama's pick for VP? It was my understanding that Patti and Hillary were still on good terms when she left her post. Perhaps they could work together again. Why jump to the worst conclusions?

    Who cares anyway since Obama is destined to lose big time!

    June 16, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Susan

    I like Hillary, but dear God, hasn't her cam[aign staff used up theri 15 minutes of fame yet?

    June 16, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. Oregon

    So long as this is Solis Doyle's only role . . . it seems okay to me. I agree she mismanaged Clinton's campaign . . . but this appointment doesn't involve managing (or mismanaging) Obama's campaign. It's limited to vetting Vice Presidential prospects.

    Clinton has herself to blame for screw-ups by Patti Solis Doyle and Mark Penn. Clinton tended to be imperious, and to encourage her lieutenants to also be imperious. That meant constructive criticism wasn't allowed. If there had been some constructive criticism, maybe her campaign would have gone better. Hillary Clinton set the example for her lieutenants.

    June 16, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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