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


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soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. demwit

    Nope! No special interests here..

    June 16, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Frances

    WHO MISHANDLED THE FUNDS/ SHE USED HER OWN MONEY TO SUPPORT HER CAMPAIN AND WAS NOT ABLE TO HAVE AS MANY ADS, ETC AS YOU DID AND SHE STILL WON THE POPULAR VOTE BY A LANDSLIDE. THEY GAVE IT TO YOU AND THAT IS NOT FAIR AND WE WILL FIGHT ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE IF YOU WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO WIN. THE PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY ARE VOTING FOR YOU, WAS GOING TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN, THEY CHANGED THEIR MINDS AND ARE VOTING FOR HILLARY CLINTON AS A WRITE IN AND A FEW SAY THEY ARE VOTING FOR YOU, BUT COME ELECTION DAY, I THINK NOT. WE STILL HAVE SEVERAL MEETINGS LEFT.

    June 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. ted

    Do we call this a political machine now or do we wait until the quid pro quo reciprocates itself when the Obama cabinet posts are named.

    June 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. VOTE 08!!!

    I am sure these new additions will only add to the already well managed Obama campaign. GO OBAMA 08!!!

    ***
    Andy, just wanted to point out your comment has nothing to do with the post, if you can’t stay on topic then CNN shouldn’t post your comments. And if you think CNN has no credibility why are you reading the website?
    ***

    June 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. unions are not stupid

    Hey VW perhaps you should go check reality Hillary supporters are already on board women don't vote based out of spite or hatred they vote based on issues and Mc Cain is wrong on all the major issues! I know you would like to think that Obama can not win in November however the numbers do not show that as being much of a possibility!

    Andy J in NY

    Get a clue race is not a reason someone should be unacceptable as president AGE is! If you can not figure out what the difference is then you apparently are not intelligent enough to be voting anyway. The man says one thing one day then forget and worse denies he ever said it the next day! WHY? because he can not remember till they play the video back for him. It is sad the GOP has thrown Mc Cain under there bus because they know they will not win this election so they are using it as a way to rid themselves of Mc Cain so Jeb Bush can run next election cycle.

    June 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. amtFresno,CA

    Obama shows Good Judgment on important issues & I am convinced that it would apply here, so I have no doubt this list will serve well. Obama for Pres 08

    June 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Keep Your Eye On The Prize Obama

    Impressive and quite diverse list of folks. I like. Anyone ever notice that Sen. Obama's campaign people consist of a mirrored melting pot of this country we all call our home? I think one of the reasons his campaign still continues to be such a model of success is by the multicultural blend of minds and hearts he brings together and the commong goal they all are committed to working for. Amen for change!

    June 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. DNC FOR OBAMA

    Senator Obama should "round out" the DNC staff, now that he is in charge of it. Start from the top down and re-build. The current leaders are "yes" men and "yes" women and they should all be replaced. By ther way, do they get paid for what they do?? Another thing, why Chicago??

    June 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Josh

    I am pulling for Obama to win and to send McCain back to Arizona defeated and humilated. This country needs young blood running it and it needs to look to the future when it comes to policies. This election belongs to the Democrats and not the Republicans right wing extremists who voted for Bush and support the senile John McCain. Obama in 08.

    June 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Frances

    TO HILL IS THE BEST; WE HAVE TO ALL STICK TOGETHER AND TALK WITH PEOPLE, WRITE, CALL KNOCK ON DOORS WHATEVER. IF WE ALL STICK TOGETHER AND WRITE HILLARY CLINTON IN AS INDEPENDENT AND THIS REQUIRES YOU VOTE FOR 1 REPUBLICAN ON THE BALLOT, NOT A PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE AND SHE WILL WIN. BUT IT TAKES US TO STICK TOGETHER AND SHE HAS TO WIN. LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD, I HAVE AND WORKED DAY AND MOST OF THE NIGHT UNTIL 6;A.M AT TIMES AND I HAVE ALOT OF PEOPLE WRITING IN HILLARY, BUT WE NEED SOME HELP FROM ANYONE WILLING TO DO THIS AS I DESCRIBED ABOVE. IF YOU WANT HILLARY CLINTON, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK HARD FOR HER.

    June 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Ron

    Let the race begin!! No more Mcsame/Bush. GO OBAMA!!

    Ron from FL...

    June 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Robert in Toronto,ON

    I cannot stress this enough.

    NO LANNY DAVIS. ANYWHERE.

    I'd rather have Bill Clinton campaigning near USC than have Davis campaiging at all. The guy is poison and one of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost some support.

    It's surrogates like THAT that make the candidate look bad. He is toxic waste.

    June 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Unbelievable

    No one but the voters forced Hillary to drop out of the race. She lost – Obama won. It is a plain and simple fact.

    I always wonder how the HRC supporters can honestly say with a straight face that the Super Delegates forced her out or that they gave it away to Obama? I mean, if you look at the numbers, Super Delegates were the only way she could win since she was losing in Elected Delegates, and she was courting them very hard the whole time. So, if she had won, it would have been only because the Super Delegates went for her over the Elected Delegates – so they cry sour grapes because it did not go their way.

    Please stop crying about the past – look to the future – unite to kick the Republicans out of office, and lets make a clean sweep, Presidency, stronger Senate lead (so Obama can kick Lieberman to the curb where he now belongs) and a stronger HoR lead.

    June 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Cindy,CA

    I'm tired of the democrats unite slogans. We were united until the same democratic party became too liberal or whatever it really is now.

    June 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Tubby The Tuba

    Republicans who pretend that they are democrats should simply stay off the blog. It is easy to tell who they are for they are the ones who:

    1.) Keep making statements that they are voting for McSame and NOT Obama.

    2.) Keep badmouthing everything Obama does, no matter what the issue truly are for the moment.

    3.) Keep making statements that they wished Hillary R. Clinton would come back, and etcetra.

    The votes have been counting according to the rules we are governed by, which makes it a democracy. Honor it, or leave the country.

    June 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. I M H O

    Quiet as it's kept....you should send Rick Wade to the "hood" as soon as you can. The AA community is starting to doubt you too.......What have you done for them lately???

    June 16, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Kona

    To "Andy, NJ"
    Interesting how you criticize Obama's supporters of age descrimination, yet the post that immediately follows yours (from "Hill is the best") is a Hillary supporter claiming John McCain is "old" as a reason Hillary should be the nominee. I guess people will grasp for whatever straws they can hold onto when trying to build a rationale for their claim.

    June 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Georgia

    Do you think that Jeb Bush will be Senator McCains VP running mate? You should appoint someone to "watch" Karl Rove. He might make you "pee your pants" when he gets started on you......

    June 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. truth now

    Once again, Hillary lost. Hillary was not forced out. Hillary was in debt up to her eyeballs. Hillary lost after Feb. 5th and could never catch up. She chose to continue on and lead her voters over a cliff. Obama did not cheat her, he out-campaigned her. Her campaign was flawed and only set up for her big win in Feb. She did not have funds to go any further. That's why she lost.

    You can try to paint the picture any way you want to but the facts are that she lost because of campaign inefficiency and she ran against a man who proved to be a lot smarter than he was given credit for. He is skilled and with youth will bring this nation into the new era. We are going under because the old policies will not work in this new economy. We need fresh eyes and it doesn't matter what color they are.

    June 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. M.S. Indiana

    Andy J, NY, so it is ok for McCain to use the age card and not Obama ???

    Get real, please. There is issues we have to face, this country is not the world leader any more, people are loosing their jobs and houses.....
    Prices on food and gas is skyrocketing.... The rich are getting ta breaks so they can skim the milk cleaner...

    vw, so when we the people had spoken and voted and he was still leading in popular vote, in delegates and states won the DNC toke it away from HRC ??? and where could HRC really go with a debt that big and the repulicans not paying for her ???

    June 16, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Andy Stein

    The reader-submitted posts on this site are really, really lame. "NObama"... dude, that's weak! It's fine if you want to express your disapproval of Obama on some grounds, but at least try to present an argument. Also, as a general rule of thumb, finishing a statement with "!!!!!!" tends to diminish whatever value the words preceding it might have. One exclamation mark will do just fine!

    June 16, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Hill is the best June 16th, 2008 1:38 pm ET

    Some one please bring Hillary Back.

    The two remaining options are too scary.

    Obama is no good and McCain is getting old."
    ----------
    Hillary never left. She still has her delegates.

    Unfortunately for you, she chose to support Barack Obama.

    June 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Agnes

    PUMA – one cat that doesn’t just “lie down and take it.”
    Nobama!

    June 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. kingsley

    MD whats your problem about his judgement on this adminstration? do you know any better? dont spread hate for the heck of it if you cant explain your reasons.

    June 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Ben

    Just no KIKI amd Lanny Davis....two of the worst in the business.

    June 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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