June 16th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama campaign rounds out general election staff

(CNN) - Barack Obama’s campaign has filled out its general election roster with a few familiar faces – including Hillary Clinton’s embattled former campaign manager.

Patti Solis Doyle had faced criticism from Clinton loyalists over her handling of the campaign’s finances and strategy. She exited the top spot shortly after the New York senator’s disappointing showing in the February 5 Super Tuesday contests, and according to sources close to Clinton, the two have not spoken since. She will serve as chief of staff for Obama’s yet-unnamed running mate.

Another major figure from a former rival’s campaign will also take on a key role: Jen O’Malley Dillon, who served as Iowa State Director for former Democratic candidate John Edwards, will serve as Battleground States Director.

Stephanie Cutter, who served as John Kerry’s spokeswoman during his presidential run, will serve as senior adviser to the campaign and Michelle Obama’s chief of staff.

Jim Messina, Chief of Staff for Senator Max Baucus, will take the same position in Obama’s campaign.

Some Clinton aides, including a longtime adviser and a top campaign staffer, told CNN's Jessica Yellin Monday that the news of Solis Doyle’s hire is not being well-received by many of those close to the New York senator and by former members of her campaign team. Many in that group became "angry and furious with her" over the campaign’s performance early in the primary season, and share a widespread belief she "grossly mismanaged our campaign."

"[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. Other former Clinton advisers say there is plenty of blame to go around.

(Full list from the Obama campaign after the jump)

New roles announced today:

Constituency Director: Brian Bond – formerly LGBT Outreach Director at the DNC
National Field Director: Jon Carson – formerly Obama for America Voter Contact Director
Senior Advisor to the Campaign and Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama: Stephanie Cutter
Industrial States Regional Director: Paul Diogardi – formerly Political Director for the Democratic Governor’s Association.
Battleground States Director: Jen O’Malley Dillon – formerly Iowa State Director for John Edwards for President
Chief of Staff to the Vice Presidential Nominee: Patti Solis Doyle
Latino Vote Director: Temo Figueroa – formerly Obama for America National Field Director
First Americans Vote Director: Wizipan Garriott
Northeast Regtional Director: Eureka Gilkey – formerly Obama for America Deputy Political Director
50-State Voter Registration Director: Jason Green – formerly Obama for America political and field staff
Campaign Chief of Staff: Jim Messina – formerly Chief of Staff to Senator Max Baucus
LGBT Vote Director: Dave Noble – formerly of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
West Regional Director: Matt Rodriguez – formerly Obama for America New Hampshire State Director
Senior Advisor: Michael Strautmanis
African American Vote Director: Rick Wade

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soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Radian

    This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Patty Solis Doyle, sister of Chicago's 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis, is a product of the same corrupt Chicago/Crook County Democratic machine that spawned Barack Obama, and whose behind-the-scenes puppet master is King Richard Daley II. Danny Solis is one of his most loyal rubber-stampers in the Politburo that we call our City Council, and nothing here happens politically w/o Daley's OK.

    If you knew just how dirty politics is in ILLinois, which is not so much a state as it is a racket, you would puke. Both major parties here are morally and ethically bankrupt.

    June 16, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Tee



    June 16, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Tee



    June 16, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    I thought Obama meant change? If Hillarys campaign was so mis-managed why would obama want them? Oh yeah, he is trying to get Hillary supporters. I will write Hillary on my ballot in November regardless of the choice the DNC made.

    June 16, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. What?!?

    Does Cutter have authority to put a sock in Michelle's big mouth?

    Go Patti! Ruin another candidate!

    June 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Just because someone did not succeed working with the boneheads in the HRC camp does not mean they will be challenged in the same ways in the Obama team. I think it sounds like a good lineup.

    June 16, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Andy J, NY

    @ Bob from Pitt-

    You're going to talk bad about Regan? Arguably one of the best presidents of the 20th century. Please, bud. Stay in pennsyltucky.

    June 16, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Sue

    Enlightened Voter wrote:
    "One thing NO one can argue with is the fact that Obama has brilliant organizational skills, management skills and finance skills. If he runs the country like his campaign AMERICA will be great again!"

    ...unfortunately, he doesn't do any of those things. ...why do you think he has Axelrod as his campaign director?

    June 16, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Sue

    Enlightened Voter wrote:
    "One thing NO one can argue with is the fact that Obama has brilliant organizational skills, management skills and finance skills. If he runs the country like his campaign AMERICA will be great again!"

    ...unfortunately, he doesn't do any of those things. ...why do you think he has Axelrod as his campaign director?

    June 16, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Phil in KC

    Patti Solis Doyle – I'm not sure whether that was a real smart move, but it does indicate his direction (i.e., his running mate probably won't be Hillary). The addition of Max Baucus' Chief of Staff is interesting also. Could Max be on the list for VP? If not, it could still point to a southerner.

    June 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Andy J, NY

    Anyway, i don't support McCain. I do, however, think that the age argument is a distraction. Its irrelevant if you want to talk about policies. Fact is, Obama is a socialist liberal, and McCain is a moderate conservative. He has a history of doing what he wants. Unfortunately, i don't like a lot of the things McCain likes, such as cap and trade.

    Stop defending your ridiculous age argument and start defending the need to turn this country into a socialist nation.

    June 16, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Hillary lovers, there just isn't enough room in the Obama White House for all of hers and Bill's dirty laundry, especially after she gets reamed by the Peter Paul vs. Clinton case. Obama respects your misguided decision not to support him, so he's moving on. I suggest you do the same. Hillary will never be in the White House again, except maybe for Obama's house warming party, or to return all the stuff she stole from the White House when her and Bill left in 2000. What happened to her comment "I will fight my heart out for Senator Obama"? Where is she? I think she just mis-spoke again.

    June 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Clemson 4 Obama

    Hillary Supporters the kitchen light is on but there isn't anyone behind the stove I feel like we shouldn't have to tell Hillary Supporters who they should vote for let them vote Mccain and if Obama still wins then they will feel like you know what Obama Supporters let's try this when ever they say they will vote Mccain let's just copy their names and say (Yes We Can) without responding to their stupid comment it's funny how people beg for attention well now isn't the time this is grown folk buisness and if you can"t carry a decent conversation then go play in the 12 oclock traffic.
    *Still for Hill
    *Andy J, in NY
    *Mary (Texas)
    *Mary Ann Oswego
    *Jeff, Al
    * And The Whole Puma Squad (Yes We Can)(Yes We Can) with or without you now go run tell that xxxxxx

    June 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. vixtor

    it looks like a set up to me...15 years of anti-clintonism and this is what happens...a rookie with no experience is on the ticket while little by little everybody that helped him get behind him...i wander what was bill Richardson promised?

    June 16, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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