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. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Why would Obama pick the chief of staff for his VP candidate before picking the VP candidate? If I were the VP candidate, I'd want to pick my own staff and not have a Clinton reject forced on me. I guess I just don't understand his 'superior' judgement.

    June 16, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Grace

    Smart move.

    Since Hillary won't come clean with all the names of Bill's financial contributers, Obama camp set Patti Solis Doyle up as the Chief of Staff to the VP nominee is just another brilliant & subtle way to ward off the self-serving Hillary trying to prop open the door of Obama's White House with her little toe.

    Smart move indeed.

    June 16, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. 1 of 18 million

    Does this mean that Senator Clinton will not be your running mate??

    June 16, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. TESAP

    LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE...................



    June 16, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. 2 of 18 million

    Does this mean that Senator Clinton will not be your running mate???

    June 16, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Joyce in Florida

    I agree with MD. Another bad judgement call. Using former Clinton staff? Makes you wonder if Hillary Clinton will be V.P. nominee. If Patti Solis Doyle joins the Obama camp, I doubt that HRC will be on the ticket. Too bad that we supporters of Hillary Clinton continually get kicked in the face with Obama's actions. Wounds are still pretty fresh to me by how Senator Clinton was treated during her whole campaign. This whole thing stinks to high heaven. I still haven't made up my mind yet how I will vote this November. I am hoping for a miracle here; particularly Hillary Clinton bouncing back and getting in the race again for the Presidency. I can dream can't I? STILL WANT HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!! NO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Danny, CA

    Barack is quite busy in appointing his campaign staff but what he does not know that he himself cannot change his resume by appointing all these people. He is a joke and not fit to be my President.

    June 16, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is taking care of first hand business as usual. If anyone selected is not suited, Obama will have enough time to quickly replace them. All the way Obama.

    June 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Dr.med. Tsegaye Metz

    It's a nice feeling to have a great enthusiastic leader such as Barack Obama in USA. This remarks not only his ability also the role of America as a leading nation on the wolrld and a good sample for tolerance.

    Tsegaye from Germany

    June 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Debbie,NJ





    You sound like a fool. Is there somebody else running besides McCorpse. We already know people aren't voting for Obama because he's black. Enough people are jumping on the band wagon because McCains popularity is slipping. He's behind Obama in the polls. Half of the Rep . party doesn't even like him.

    June 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Not fooled by distractions.

    Hmmm... no lobbyists? McSame must have hired them all to run his campaign. Good job O!!

    June 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. 3 of 18 million

    I hope you are "in it" to "win it" Senator Obama!!

    June 16, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Debbie,NJ

    Cindy,CA. Hillary divided the party. Put the blame where it belongs.

    June 16, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |

    We got 67% of the Hillary vote already, the gap is widening.

    Remember when they said that Hillary should give up?

    McCain should give up! He should drop out

    June 16, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Mary (Texas)

    Obama go and mingle with Resko – leave us alone. We want Hillary Clinton BACK..... These last few weeks politics have been BORING without Hillary. I may stay home and not vote or if I do go vote I will write Hillary's name in.....

    WE MISS YOU HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Down with Obama

    Obama has taken everything else from Hillary, her ideas, her stand on issues, now he can have her worthless people. One thing he won't take is her is.................her voters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Say Hello President McCain!!!!!!!!

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

    Yeah, all you Obama folks want government ran programs, Im starting to think some Americans might just need to join that little boy
    in Cuba and go communist all the way, wake up people

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

    I go to the polls every year picking one evil over another. Now, I am an African-American who would vote for either Obama or Hillary. I liked Hillary's Health care option a little better than Obama but the rest of the Democrats did not share my sentiments.

    Now that we have a nominee, I am willing to back the party. It was never about the individual but the policies and the party. Okay, Hillary didn't win, well I have had lots of nominees that I supported not win. In the end I had to be the mature adult and support the party.

    This party had not just helped me personally, but my ancestors and hopefully my children and their children. If you only back team when they are winning (or things are going your way) than you are wavering and doubled minded or not a true democrat. It's not about the person but the party and the policies.

    June 16, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Foreign observer

    Why so many GOP people pretend to still support Hillary – nethertheless Hillary supports Obama ? Really old tricky Mc Bush behaviour.

    June 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Amy

    Does he have a White Vote Director? Or he thinks the stupid white voters don't need to be courted? It is incredible what division this guy created in America.. and he used to blame Hillary for being divisive.. NoObama!

    June 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Theresa in Minneapolis

    Sharon in Minnesota is a disgrace to Minnesota, Hillary Clinton and the democratic party.

    Change your voter registration now and go protest with the pro-lifers.

    June 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Kevin

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

    this makes no sense. Obama chooses Patti Solis Doyle, a fiercely loyal friend to Hillary Clinton, and you don't even pause to think that this is paving the way forward for HRC. Or that HRC was instrumental in getting her friend into such a position.

    Seems to me, you're so upset that you're just blind to analytical thinking.

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

    Welcome all to the Obama Train!!!!!!

    Obama 08/12!!

    June 16, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Round-or-Suare

    Obama and his campeign "We don't need you Florida and Ohio " Just show them folks and vote 100% for McCain the real and honest man. So: Use your BRAIN....vote...McCain !!!!

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

    I wonder how Mcsame would have handled the Schiavo case? Do you want government interfering with end of live decisions or do you want you and your family to decide for you?? People have a short memory how the Bush's moral beliefs and values got in the way by smearing Mr. Schiavo and twisting the truth and tried to change the rules overnight because they thought they were above the law. Mccain votes along these same values Bush does. Remember that when deciding who will be in charge for next 4 years.

    June 16, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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