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. Hillary where are you?

    Every One deserves a second chance to prove their worth. We do not know exactly why she was fired from the Clinton klan. OBAMA 's people are very smart.

    June 16, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. Ted in Chicago

    Look at the polls

    BO has held onto just about zip bump since he won the number of delegates needed

    Many pundits noted back then – if he received and held 7-9 points in the polls he would not need his ex foe on the ticket

    He got a temporary bump of about 4 points and has held about 2 points

    He needs the voters of HRC to get MI and PA – as we already are hearing he has written off OH and FL

    Put HRC on the ticket fast and faster and get on with winning the WH for DEMS

    The proof is in the pudding – BO can NOT win without the 15% or so of HRC DEMs (7.5% of total) who are now holding back

    I do not agree with with 15% of HRC supporters – I now back BO – but egads – its obvious she must be on the ticket – The DEMS can not affor to leave 7.5% (approx) of DEMS behind and win

    June 16, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. troy

    when are the clintons supporters going to grow up and accpet that hillary lost? babyboomers are the biggest group of whiny complaining crybabies ever!

    June 16, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. Sharon Minnesota

    Hmmm, maybe the hire is a payoff.

    June 16, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. R. Seabron

    Hillary Supporters, what do you think of this hire?

    IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!!

    If ya smellalalala what Ba-Rack is cookin'!

    June 16, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Joe

    Until now people is not believing that Barack Obama is a Muslin, actually he just use Crhistian religion to attain his political ambition. He fools people and we can see it by his inconsistencies of his words and ideas. He can't hide his personality, time will come that everything about him will bubble up and burst like a bomb.

    June 16, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. john

    Wouldnt that be a sign he is picking her? To pick her head of staff to be the new VP head of staff. Wouldnt the VP pick their own head of staff, and not be picked by the President?

    June 16, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. h towell

    she was probably working for Obama when she was working for Senator Clinton--

    June 16, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. Non-Conformist

    She is a Democrat .... Aiding/Helping the Democratic Nominee ... So what's the big surprise ...

    you all were expecting her to join the Republican camp?? ......... *shakes head*

    June 16, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Mariann Pepitone

    DeeJam: Obama wouldn't know what to do from day one. And as far as Solis is concerned her husband is connected to Daley who endorsed Obama. Hillary should not have hired her in the first place. You don't hire someone whose husband supports Obama. Hillary made too many mistakes later on in the campaign. Mark Penn was also one of them. But the biggest ones were the superdelegates and they were told who to vote for. A few black superdelegates got threatened but I think Obama's camp did that and they were dumb enough to listen. Also this generation of young college students who don't know which way the wind is blowing from the drugs all voted for Obama. Of course I don't give them credit for their stupidity.

    June 16, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Joan

    I dont see why he hired her. First of the Obama camp had to know the reaction the Clinton camp would have and why would he would want to create this drama? Second, Solis has been given a symbolic job. Nothing but a symbolic job. Thirdly, she was an incompetent fool.

    This is clearly some crazy background game that makes no sense to me.

    June 16, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Glad she went to the empty suit. Maybe she can impart some knowledge in this clown who wears gloves to shovel and doesn't know who the president of Iraq is. For that matter I don't think he knows who the president of Russia is either. What a loser,.

    For your info, he is a quitter too. Quit his preacher, quit the new preacher, quit his church, wants to quit Iraq. Has the makings of a serial quitter. I am worried about this cream puff who espouses cotton candy in his speeches.

    Give me a break

    June 16, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Dr. See Love

    Let's all work together. We Solis left the campaign there wasn't supposed to be any bad blood, so I don't understand what all the conversation is about. Solis and Clinton have been friends in the past; why would they not be able to work together now when they know each other well. This is not to suggest that Hillary Clinton will be the VP pick, but either way a Solis hire shouldn't be a big deal. We the people, For the people, By the people. Let's take our country back!

    June 16, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. chris

    Apparently everyone is at fault for Hillary losing except hillary. You bitter people are acting like grade school girls. Who Sen. Obama appoints is not about hillary or you and the winner in the primaries does not need the approval of the loser prior to appointing his staff. She lost not because of anyone else. She was in charge (or Bill was in charge) either way to scapegoat people who reported to her and absolve her says she was at best an ineffective leader if she allowed her staff to run amok.

    June 16, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Dr. See Love

    Let's all work together. When Solis left the campaign there wasn't supposed to be any bad blood, so I don't understand what all the conversation is about. Solis and Clinton have been friends in the past; why would they not be able to work together now when they know each other well. This is not to suggest that Hillary Clinton will be the VP pick, but either way a Solis hire shouldn't be a big deal. We the people, For the people, By the people. Let's take our country back!

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

    Why does Doyle get the blame for the Clinton fall? Is it because she's a woman– and it's easier to blame a woman then the dumb as* men running Clinton's campaign?

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

    Hey Brian in Knoxville, and other Puma advocates,
    the people voted. Not the DNC.
    I know you wanted Clinton, I wanted Richardson.
    My candidate didn't get it. Your candidate didn't get it.
    So, since your kid isn't the heard cheerleader, or star quarterback, you want to go to the other side and root for the opponent?
    All while your kid is still on the team?
    Again, Clinton didn't win, but has asked her supporters to stay with HER team.
    I don't get it but maybe someone else will explain it.

    Brian in Knoxville is a REPUBLICAN (like all PUMA's) who does nothing but spread discontent and hatred amongst people. His comments are not constructive one bit and if he was a good person, he would be trying to help fellow Americans with the flooding rather than posting on here all the time.

    June 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. NO*61

    “I think that I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. Sen. John McCain has a lifetime of experience that he’d bring to the White House. And Sen. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.” ~ Hillary Clinton - March 3, 2008

    "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes, and I see many of them in the audience today..." Barack Obama , Memorial Day (5/26/2008)

    June 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. texas DEM

    VICE PRESIDENT CLINTON
    or
    PRESIDENT MCCAIN

    June 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. Luny

    Why does it matter. Since when was it a rule that she had to be VP anyways? This isn't high school politicians and supporters need to grow up and see the world, don't hate one someone just because they beat your friend this isn't high school its our future

    June 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. Jan

    If B.O. is thinking of Richardson for VP. He better remember how he came to his team, once a traitor always a traitor. That would be for me an absolutly No for B.O. Hillary is the one, You have to give her the fact that shes smart,and a fighter and she knows how to handle Washington insiders. If we want to WIN it better be her, she has Earned it.

    June 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. stop hating

    Hillary lost get over it ! why are you dwelling on it ! you are acting like you are in a cult, however you writing these comments may not even be Clinton supporters, you could be republicans trying to run your dirty tricks. either way no disrespect to true dems and screw the GOP!

    June 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Joe

    Regardless, I don't know why Obama would hire someone lazy and incompetent such as Patti Solis Doyle.

    June 16, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. jane

    OBAMA LOVES TO PUT THE KNIFE IN AND TWIST IT, THIS TIME HE TWISTED IT TO FAR AND A LARGE GROUP OF CLINTON SUPPORTERS WILL NOW NOT JUST VOTE FOR McCAIN BUT CAMPAIGN FOR HIM AS WELL. IT IS BEYOND ME WHY OBAMA WOULD TAKE SOMEONE WHO SCREWED UP HER CAMAPAIGN TO DO THE SAME TO HIS. HE WILL USE ANY CHANCE AND EXCUSE NOT TO PICK HRC FOR VP. SOLIS HERSELF SAID SHE WOULD NOT TAKE THE JOB IF HRC WAS VP WELL THERE IS YOUR ANSWER. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL 11/4 TO SEE OBAMA LOOSE BECAUSE OF HIS IMMATURE, RACIST,UNEXPERIENCE, NOPATRIOTIC,ELITE, POOR JUDGEMENT ATTITUDE

    June 16, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. jonk

    Obama and Hilary primary was the ugliest and most divisive. Taking Hilary as running mate would do more harm than good. Whoever puts US economy as number one priority ought to win. Those want more wars and obliterate iran are out of date.

    June 16, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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