June 16th, 2008
07:12 PM ET
7 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. Karl Clark

    Terry, you should know better. I grown person like you remain so childish in this election cycle. If you want to look at elements that screwed up Hillary's campaign, you need to look at those who remain after Ms. Doyle was gone. Please, look at the reality. We need change. It can't all be about emotion. We need change. American need change. The Democratic Party must take charge again to change America's course. Also, we must hold Obama, and all political leaders, accountable. It's not about Hillary or Obama. It's about that American people like you and me. It's about our great Constitution. It's about our children.

    And Dorsey Williams, it's not required for Hillary to be on the ticket. You should not make it mandatory. Under no circumstances in recent time have we forced anyone on a Presidential ticket. Why are you making it so now? Why have so many attempted to "blackmail" Obama to put Hillary on the ticket? Are you making the issue Hillary? Is it all about Hillary?

    June 16, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. suzanne

    She was useless in the Clinton campaign and completely mismanaged the financial end of it. Hillary's loyalty to this incompetent person was part of the reason for her downfall.

    June 16, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. George from Minneapolis

    Hillary Clinton is the one responsible for the campaign she ran. Every move that was made or not made in Hillary's campaign, she signed off on. I like the hire on Obama's part.

    June 16, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There were so many mistakes that the Clinton campaign made; how can this be blamed on one person. Who's to say that the VP pick won't be Clinton. If it is or isn't, does it matter? It could be that the VP pick could dismiss this person a day or two after coming on board.

    June 16, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. william

    Well another sign why we should not vote for him. His only slim chance of getting my vote and many other clinton supporters votes was to choose hillary as vp. Ill be voting for McCain at least it just 4 years.

    June 16, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Marjon

    Will Hillary be VP NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! She WON't!! No matter who is chief of staff!
    Hillary is HISTORY!!

    June 16, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. Joni Poulos

    All Democrats should support our candidate!Hold your nose if you must,but respect the rest of us for our decision.There's a world of difference between the parties as you well know.

    June 16, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. Jane from Mpls

    For those saying Obama should go to Iraq, what exactly do you think will be gained by the red carpet tour he's likely to get? Remember McCain's tour of the market place? What a joke. There are number of congressmen who prefer to look at the cold hard facts instead of the rose colored views sure to be had on any tour. As for Obama's resume- I'll take a brilliant man's thin resume to a dull man's resume littered with failure after failure.

    June 16, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. naomi

    We're all Democrats, it should not be an issue that Doyle is working for the Obama campaign now. However, you have to wonder how much credibility she has.

    If Obama and his campaign really wants to bring about the change they talk about then they will have to get elected first. In order to do this he needs to have Clinton on the ticket. If petty history between candidates or people in the political arena keeps her off the ticket then we are much more likely to have a Republican president for another four years and no economic relief. I hope people really consider what is best for the people.

    June 16, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. African-American Hillary Supporter

    "according to a longtime adviser, a top campaign staffer and several major donors"

    Sounds like hearsay as usual. It's either a reliable source or an insider that has all the information. ...And once again Obama Supporters spew hatred about Hillary Clinton when she hasn't even opened her mouth. McCain is starting to look much better to me!

    June 16, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. Venus

    So they fired her and don't want Obama to hire her?

    Come on... if this is how women are going to run for president and lose behave... then stay in the freaking kitchen!!!

    Welcome to the "O" Team! The "Winning Team"!

    Go Bam... all the way to the White House!

    June 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. terri

    This is terrible why on earth would he hire someone from the HRC camp the way her campaighn was screwed up and mismanage.

    Please OBAMA keep close eye. beside I would not trust anyone from the HRC Camp.

    GO Obama but beware

    June 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Carey

    Why hasn't Hillary appeared on stage with Obama in support of him, the official DEM nominee since she said she would support him and do what she can to help him get elected after she suspended her candidacy???

    June 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. max

    All the people complaining about race or the color of ones skin has a real problem. If you have to mention or say anything about color or race think about it you have a definite problem. The most hipocritical person is the one who says all of the derrogatory things about Senator Obama yet if elected and by chance should they be in his presence it would be kiss up time to the enth degree.

    June 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. AsperGirl

    Obama, in hiring PSD, is saying that she is competent and that he trusts her. If she didn't royally, fatally, screw up Clinton's campaign with a startling mistake of omission, then was her failure to plan not a mistake?

    Was it on purpose?

    Why else would Obama have trust in her competence?

    June 16, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. Marc PDX

    I cannot believe that Hillary or her staff honestly think that Obama is going to pick her as his running mate. Why should he? And most of us can list a number of reasons why he should not. Those reasons have been well documented by CNN and other news outlets.

    Hillary will remain on Obama's short list until the end (to appease her supporters... it would look like he totally dissed her if he rejected her early). It'll come down to Hillary and one or two other people in the end. But the final choice won't be Hillary. And, unless the Clintons have something on Obama, the Clinton camp has to know this.

    June 16, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. Venus

    I love how some in the Clinton Camp is blaming her!

    Makes you wonder since Mark Penn didn't know what the heck he was doing!

    June 16, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Dick in Sioux Falls

    Has the Clinton family decided to fully vett Bill's Library Contributors? If not, Hillary should make a clear statement that she is not interested in being VP. This playing coy about wanting the Vice Presidency, and the rumors of why she would never accept the role is destroying the Democratic Party even more.
    The main difference between Clinton and Obama has to do with Obama's desire to return to a higher income tax rate for the rich, and slashing taxes on Middle America. Since rarely do the rich or their children allow themselves to serve in Harm's Way, is that not a full justification for higher tax rates for the wealthy?
    The President must have a Vice President who at least will agree to publicly and privately support the President, as well as his economic and foreign policy decisions.

    June 16, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Naomi

    Who cares what the Clinton Camp thinks. I mean they fired her, so should it even matter at this point.....The Obama Camp is way too smart and know what they are doing...

    June 16, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. Dick in Sioux Falls

    Has the Clinton family decided to fully vett Bill's Library Contributors? If not, Hillary should make a clear statement that she is not interested in being VP. This playing coy about wanting the Vice Presidency, and the rumors of why she would never accept the role is destroying the Democratic Party even more.
    The main difference between Clinton and Obama has to do with Obama's desire to return to a higher income tax rate for the rich, and slashing taxes on Middle America. Since rarely do the rich or their children allow themselves to serve in Harm's Way, is that not a full justification for higher tax rates for the wealthy?
    The President must have a Vice President who at least will agree to publicly and privately support the President, as well as his economic and foreign policy decisions.
    Some of this I've said before, but never in this context!

    June 16, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. San Fran Loves OBAMA

    The only person to blame for Hillary's loss is Hillary herself! She came out as a "hard-core masculine" candidate which came across as unnatural and phony.

    June 16, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. OBAMA 08!!!

    NEWSFLASH...Clinton is not entitled to be President or Vice President

    Who cares if she isn’t his VP choice? This is the Barack Obama campaign and will be a Barack Obama White House. You either get in line or step aside. Clinton suspended her campaign so how about they stop releasing press statements unless it’s to say she is official ending it.

    June 16, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. The Corp

    Just another corrupt Chicago political hack.

    June 16, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. Sooner Than You Expected, In Fact

    While asking you to look at her photo gallery on the web, Hillary tells you she'll be in touch "soon."

    It turns out that you get touched for money as soon as you try to look at the photos!

    Now, that's pretty darn soon, all right.

    June 16, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. GT in CA

    You heard it here first – "she will not be Obama’s vice presidential pick"

    June 16, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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