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. sidney nyc




    June 16, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. RYAN kr Jr

    Hillary supporters 're bunch of morons...What is wrong to hire someone that worked for Hillary-this is absolutely silly? Hillary's campaign is ended and she should move on with her life. Hillary's supporters get a grid stop acting childish................

    June 16, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. Wisconsin Man

    Solis is just a pawn used by god to entertain him in a minor election to him.

    June 16, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. 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 , Al Gore Is Endorsing Obama In Detoit Tonight , Obama Can Have All The Endorsements From Democratic Elete , Means Nothing To Me ,The Deal Is I Don't Endorse Him !!!

    America Needs A Strong President !!!!!

    John McCain President , 2008

    June 16, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Margaret

    There's been dissension in the Clinton camp all along. Solis Doyle was just a scapegoat for the mismanagement of the campaign. They get rid of her then wonder why she went to the other side?

    We don't need Clinton on the ticket to win. I'm tired of her supporters that still think the DNC & Obama are to blame for her losing...quit acting liked spoiled little children that didn't get your way....she lost fair and square....and quit whining about MI & FL, they knew the rules!! There are more than 18 million of us that voted for Obama....add in the Independents and Republicans who couldn't vote in some of the primaries and we win back the Whitehouse!! Obama '08

    June 16, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. obama=underhanded liar

    This lying underhanded man needs to fall and he needs to fall hard. I pray that all Clinton supporters will either not vote or better still vote for John McCain. obama doesn't deserve to be president of this country. Somebody needs to stop this worthless peacock.

    June 16, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. amtFresno,CA

    Hillary will not be VP anyway regardless of puttng Dole in this position, no chance, no how, no way!!! I have confidence in Obama's choice. If he had any doubt about picking Dole he would not have done so.

    June 16, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. Call it down the middle

    Small potato's, lets start hearing the issues that effect us and our everyday lives. I want to hear plans and courses of action from Obama and Mcain. I don't care about the everyday operations. Obama calls the shots and this person will not have any authoity to make decisions. Let me hear about the gas prices, health care, etc etc.

    June 16, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Marie

    This is proof positive that Hillary will not be VP.
    It does not matter anyway. She is better off not to involve herself with Obama. She has the opportunity to run in 2012.

    Conversely speaking, Obama does not have a chance to win without Hillary.

    June 16, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. duncan

    Oh yeah... Hillary Clinton. I remember her. Wasn't she the one who said she would work tirelessly to help the party and help elect Barack Obama? Wait... that was like TWO WEEKS AGO?! So the question, I suppose is...


    My guess is that she's letting the resentment fester in the ranks of her former die-hard supporters so she can use their McCain-vote-threats as leverage to force Obama's hand in picking a VP. Now THAT'S what I call party unity! Rah rah team!

    June 16, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Allen

    Please stop Romney from destroying social security.

    June 16, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. EE

    There's plenty of blame to go around in that poorly run campaign. Patti
    Doyle was not the only problem. Typically those people accept
    no responsibility. Blame the sexist media, Obama for not allowing the Florida and Michigan votes to count, the SD's for voting
    for Obama, Obama for having more money to run ads, Governor Richardson, states with caucuses and anyone else except the
    incompetent people making decisions. I have always been taught
    the first step to solving problems is accepting responsibility. Trust me
    top campaign staffer,longtime adviser and top donor it works.

    June 16, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. georgia

    What do they expect?Choosing her as VP would be like rewarding your dog for peeing on your best shoes ! Sheesh !!
    I've never seen such juvenile & narcissistic action. Get over it !!!!
    Billary LOST the nomination & has proven over & over to be unworthy of being in his administration mostly because SHE NOR BILL CAN BE TRUSTED . I hope NY votes her out in the next senate race. Her campaign ran out of money because she paid for votes .She can't run her campaign or her marriage.

    June 16, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Angela

    HRC campaign planned only thru Feb 4!!! If you are apportioning blame how about including Penn, Wolfson, Davis and HRC herself. Any good pol advisor always runs as if the candidate is 20 points behind. The Obama organization is probably the best political organization we have seen and a good indicator of how he will run the country when he is president.

    June 16, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |

    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

    Senator ClInton is on vacation ..........in the meantime you guys should get a life ........Patti was not the only one with screwup skills GET over it and move on

    June 16, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. McSameMcCain on myspace

    This is just an indication that Patti Solis Doyle really is placing the best interests of the Democrats ahead of her personal feelings, unlike certain others who think the screaming head from AZ is really going to make it. The good news is that when McCain loses in the worst landslide in history, I can laugh at those fools for the next 8 years.

    June 16, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. JustADude

    Will you all please STOP !! This is about America and not Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton !! DEMS should Just GROW UP !!

    June 16, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Bayousara

    I expect Obama to give Hillary Clinton a substantial position in his government–a big job–an important job–a job that will utilize her skills.

    And I expect him to name her specifically to a job BEFORE the November election.

    June 16, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. Ro, NY

    The divisiveness of the Clinton campaign yet again roars its ugly head. I had hoped that Hillary’s run for the Presidency would be a step forward, but in my humble opinion it has taken two steps backwards –sigh. Instead, what we have learned from this is - having a woman run for POTUS may create such large divisions within a political party that future valid, strong female candidates may have a difficult time being seriously considered for this high office. They are going to be branded as emotional candidates and therefore a liability to the party. No political party will want to deal with the emotional hysterics currently evidenced by Hillary supporters which may invariably cost the party the elections. If it does cost the Democratic party the GE this November then who ultimately gains from another Republican presidency?

    The present emotional mind state and online rambling of Hillary's female supporters who want to pin the presumed nominee in a corner to do what, how and when they want in exchange for their support and/or vote is a vivid illustration of the division and emotional effects of having a female candidate run for POTUS. Most importantly, because their candidate didn’t win then they will not vote for the Democratic party in this November’s GE. Another clear indicator is the clear message sent to McCain who now feels he can not only woo, but win these female supporters. This is woman power?! Sad!

    June 16, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. baljeet

    Hillary is the one, Without her DNC is done. Obama is full of hot air. Mccain is my choice now.

    June 16, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. Mia

    The metaphorical equivalent of taking the knive already stuck in Hillary's back and twisting it. In Obama's case, it's self defense.

    June 16, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |

    Hillary Had Some Good People In Her Camp. . . They Just Didnt Outnumber The Bad Ones! Obama Has Taken The Best From Her Camp And Left The Rest! Now His Camp Is Stronger Than Ever! I Bet Mccain Doesnt Like This One Bit And Is Already Planning To Try And Vet Some Of Those People While Ignoring The Slime In His Own Camp! Every Time I See Mccain Smile I Will Know He Is Thinking About That Rape Joke!

    June 16, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Asian4Hillary

    Hillary should stay away from NOBAMA as far as possible; after brushing her off and flipping her off, he does not deserve her support. I'll always be loyal to Hillary but in general election I'd vote for McCain, I cannot vote for NOBAMA, he's a SNAKE.

    June 16, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  24. Al - Florida

    She was probably leaking info about Hillary to the Obama folks during the primaries.

    June 16, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. Swanman

    It is worrysome that Obama keeps choosing the wrong people for the job. It is pretty well agreed that Solis did a lousy job in Clinton's campaign. Not very comforting.

    June 16, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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