June 16th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
14 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.

UPDATE:
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


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. still for Hill

    I want HRC

    June 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Michael Smith

    There's a difference between "public service" as Mrs. Bush refers to and "self service" which is what her husband provided to his oil cronies during his presidency. There's a difference between public service and ruthless partisanship such as exposing a CIA spy because her husband disagrees with you. There's a difference between public service and installing the Vice President's oil company, Halliburton, smack dab in the middle east. There's a difference between public service and surrounding yourself with your father's friends and putting your college buddies in charge of national disasters.

    June 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Andy J, NY

    I'm getting a little sick of the nasty discourse Obama supporters show, time and time again in these blogs.

    The age discrimination against mccain, and the nasty things that have been said, have absolutely no place in civil political discourse.

    Nobody is allowed to post on these blogs that Obama is "too black" to be president, so why would you, CNN, allow posts that are not race discriminating but age discriminating?

    I guess if its pro-Obama, its all OK with CNN.

    CNN is to liberal media as FOX is to radical conservatives. It is bias, unfair news reporting. You guys have no credibility.

    June 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Hill is the best

    Some one please bring Hillary Back.

    The two remaining options are too scary.

    Obama is no good and McCain is getting old.

    June 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Democrats Unite!!!

    Patti Solis Doyle gets the blame for Mark Penn's failed strategy.
    Good Call Sen. Obama!

    June 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Mary

    If she is to be the chief of staff for the eventual runningmate and she has not spoken to HRC since her removal... does that mean no HRC on the ticket? Personally, I believe she was thrown under the bus by the HRC campaign and am sure she will do a great job under the proper leadership of Obama!!!

    Obama 08!

    June 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Kenneth M

    WHY HAS IT TAKEN MCCAIN SO LONG TO DO THIS? I THINK HE IS LIKE FRED THOMPSON. HIS HEART IS NOT IN IT.

    June 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Obama '08

    Impressive! Where do I send resume?

    Maybe I can apply for the hot chicks vote Director position.

    Obama '08!

    June 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Democrats Unite!!!

    Patti Solis Doyle?
    Is this a clue that Hillary is not going to be his VP?
    Hmm...
    I still maintain that Patti gets all the blame for Mark Penn's failed strategy. Hillary appointed her the first time because she new Patti was capable. It's hard to show your talent when you're forced in implement a losing strategy.

    Either way, Obama 2008!

    PS: I hear Sam Nunn is top on the VP list. I like that!

    June 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Frank, Atlanta, GA

    OMG !!!! Haven't they done enough damage already ?!?

    Let's impeach the second one before we go for a third !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. I AM NOW AN INDEPENDENT!*********

    GOOD LUCK PEOPLE!
    HAVE YOU SEEN THE VIDEO ON YAHOO ABOUT HOW PEOPLE ARE NOT JUMPING ON THE OBAMA BANDWAGON?

    WE DO NOT TRUST HIM PERIOD!!!!!!!

    HE WILL LOSE IN NOVEMBER! AND ALL HIS SUPPORTERS AND THE DNC WILL LOOK LIKE THE FOOLS THAT THEY ARE!!!!!!!!!!

    HA HA HA HA HA!

    June 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    Congratulations to all of the new and old staff. Let's make this happen.

    June 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Flying Over Cuckoo's Nest

    Why is it OK for our potential president to have anti-American friends?

    June 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Vote Nader

    Latino Vote Director, African American Vote Director, First Americans Vote Director – Unity through division as only Sen. Obama can provide.

    * Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. martin

    good.no hrc.

    June 16, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Nate Brock, Iowa City IOWA

    If Obama can get 25% of his ideas and policies in place he will accomplish more then the last 4 presidents combined...I am an independent and for the first time politically stimulated...We need this for our country people. If you are American look into the policies not the party, age, or skin color...PLEASE...vote and please not based on your families belief's get your own...follow what these politicians say they will do and pray that one will finally come threw for the American people it has been a long time comming...I do have HOPE, do you have the courage to try?

    June 16, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Peggy - Tx

    Obama’s organization under his leadership is impressive. Incorporating the talent from Hillary’s campaign will strengthen the existing team.

    Go Obama!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. vw

    Whoever you will hire for your campaign, you will lose in Nov because the so-called-democracy party is no longer democratic...
    You can keep hiring Dean, Reid, Pelosi, Kennedy, Jim because they force Hillary to drop out of race and help you get the so-called legacy for nominee.

    June 16, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Sharon Minnesota

    Moderators, posting this will give me some glimmer of hope for your network. I have tried to post several comments in the last week and only one was posted.

    Just wanted to check in with the Obama network (CNN). I see nothing has changed much here. 30+ years a democrat, I have now gone over to the GOP in desperation for some centrist sanity. Never thought it would happen but this election has convinced me that there's something greatly amiss in our media and most certainly in the DNC. John McCain is our best choice this year 2008.

    June 16, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. MD

    What a great illustration of bad judgement. One cannot expect better if elected.

    NObama...ever!

    June 16, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Ralph

    The GOP needs to find out if these staffers know anyone, who knows anyone, who seems to be a communist. Oh, wait. Isn't it unamerican, in general now. As defined by the GOP. Unamerican: To not agree with the GOP on any issue, or to not support the third Reich, I mean third Bush term. McCain is the most unelectable cadidate in recent history. He will lose by margings that will rival Reagen's win in '80.

    June 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Bob

    Jeb Bush is a example of a lousy politician

    June 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Nate Brock, Iowa City IOWA

    If Obama can get 25% of his ideas and policies in place he will accomplish more then the last 4 presidents combined…I am an independent and for the first time politically stimulated…We need this for our country people. If you are American look into the policies not the party, age, or skin color…PLEASE…vote and please not based on your families belief's get your own…follow what these politicians say they will do and pray that one will finally come threw for the American people it has been a long time comming…I do have HOPE, do you have the courage to try?

    June 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Freddie, La

    Come on people we have to realize that everyone has access to these blogs and they can pose as a democrat, republican, Hillary, or Obama supporter. Please take these comments with a grain of salt, especially the negative one's that are meant to stir everyone up.

    June 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. fred

    that more than tells you that Hillary will not be the VP choice of Nobama.

    June 16, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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