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. Ron

    maca: Then you are a true Republican and never stood for the democratic way if you vote for Mccain. You must be in the upper tax bracket so you can benefit by the tax loopholes Mccain will resume from Bush and you must love not making equal pay for women either. Traitor. Shame on people like you.

    June 16, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    As i read these comments from my fellow americans, it's easy to see how lopsided a lot of peoples perspectives on this year's election are.

    As i watched Barack Obama's speech that night of the last dem. primaries, i sat there with my biracial 6 month old daughter and i nearly cried~~not only because of the inspirational context of his speech, but because of the fact that these candidates and all they have done (Obama, McCain, Clinton, Richardson, Edwards, etc), my daughter will not have to endure things that, just 30 years ago, were considered expected simply because of you were of a certain skin color, gender, sexual orientation, political background, or from a certain geographic location.

    But when i read a lot of people's comments(regardless of whom they support), it is kind of disheartening, because it seems like a lot of you are voting one way or another because one candidate is too old, or too black, or too white to get your vote, regardless of the politics they intend to play~~it seems like a lot of people are still blind.

    Time and time again, it becomes apparent that things are coming to a turning point on our planet; the air is always thick with anticipation of something that's bound to happen somewhere~it's just a matter of what and where.

    I guess what im trying to get out is that, yes, these last few months have been inspirational, but if we can't get past petty indifferences that don't matter, we're bound to just plateau and fade out, or just die off~~all of the quibble is overtly contradictive to progress.

    June 16, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Charles Nilston,FRANCE

    Wow!Just keep your head up,stay focused and please don't attack much,you've got a whole lot of people out there to do that.Mccain tries to play the smart guy by coming out each time they attack to look as the innocent guy,please don't follow those steps.They are already branded and known for that,so such strategy aren't gonna work this fall(nov).Go Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Rev. Thomas Benson, Chippewa Falls

    And lo and behold, the people of Iowa who were the first to vote for Obama have evidently sinned and are beseiged by the waters and cast asunder-–and now others that have voted for Obama like Mississippi and Illinois are beginning to feel the wrath of the heavens
    as woe is upon them-

    June 16, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Venus

    Welcome to the "Obama Team"

    Yes we can and will win!

    We are ready for a change...
    We are fired up... and
    Ready to beat McCain...

    Go Bam!

    June 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Tejano

    Don't Worry be Happy. Obama will solve all your problems. No more unemployment, no more war, no more discrimination, no more poverty, no more illegal immigration. Vote Obama and all your problems will go away. So will your country.

    June 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Richard

    OBAMA 08!

    June 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Debbie,NJ

    David. Are you reading the entire blog entries or just the ones about Hillary and McCain, because if you are then you will see at least half are negative about Obama. Not only that the Hillary supporters and Hillary started this negative speaking and blogging. SO if you want to correct anybody correct everybody.

    June 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Alvin

    Is Obama Smoking again? i thought he was giving that up? Guess his judgement is not that good is it?

    June 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    "... The two have not spoken since".

    That just about sums up the Clinton approach to people – they are friendly as long as you are useful to them; as soon as you are no longer useful you are dropped like a rock. Just like the gas tax holiday. Too bad people chose not to see it for what it is.

    June 16, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Richard

    As a Hillary supporter I will NOT vote for Barack Hussain Obama unless Hillary is on the ticket. Otherwise McCain has my vote.

    June 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Vig

    By the way – to all who still think it is possible to elect Hillary you have the right to write in her name on the November ballot as your choice and it will be counted. That's what I intend to do and I hope 20 million more of her supporters do the same. Website is coming that will inform voters of their choices & their rights and the procedure.

    June 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. TONY


    June 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. McCain For President

    Folks here and there and everywhere USE YOUR BRAIN...VOTE...MCCAIN

    June 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Obamist

    All the best Obama!!! Forgive and forget- take the Hillary ex-staff – that is what a good man does. Obama in 2008

    June 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Hillary Can Still Win

    Let's not give up people – Hillary can still win this thing!

    Okay, so I may have an excessive amount of my personal identity wrapped up with this arbirtary stranger due to having never developed an identity of my own, but then you really can't blame me for being an obsessive, overly reactive whack job.

    June 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. tom

    Interesting...the person who cost Hillary her campaign just got hired by the competition....and...BO keeps Dean (who created the mess in Florida and Michigan and helped BO get the nomination) as DNC leader...wow...would be a best selling fiction if it not be real life. Poor Hillary...she didn't see how Patty and Dean totally betrayed her. But...many of us who are going independent won't forget come November. I can't write her in on the Ohio ballot...but I can vote for McCain.

    June 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Sharon Minnesota

    Sure vote for McCain, out of spite, because your rule breaking, goal post moving candidate, could not win playing by the rules, which everyone including your candidate, agreed to, this is your right! But please you can't even convince a two year old that Women Bashing McCain is the better candidate!

    I am guessing that you are not even a democrat, but a republican posing as one!

    If you were a true democrat, you would NOT THROW YOUR COUNTRY UNDER THE TRAIN in a two year old temper tantrum.

    June 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Jean

    'I am now independent'
    Are you crazy!!!!!!
    Why don't you post where you really belong.?
    Fox news really misses your ignorance.
    It is so rude to shout. We hear you every place you post. Msnbc, cnn, fox, abc...
    You are not fooling anyone, we know ... you are just another Rush Limbite who didn't have the chance to participate in that idiotic "Operation Chaos".

    When this election is over, you'll have no place to go. Maybe you should crawl back under that rock you slid out from before it gets too crowded with all your other "slug" friends

    June 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. American Voter

    Once upon an election dreary, democrats cried, their eyes all teary,
    Over delegates lost, and ridiculous claims of ill begotten lore–
    Whilst I chuckled, almost laughing, instantly there came a clapping,
    The roar of Democrats snapping, yapping about this endless bore.
    "Tis just politics", I muttered, "flapping gums of endless bore–
    Only this, and nothing more."

    Quote this voter "NEVER MORE"

    Ya'll need to stop crying and start worrying about the real issues…It doesn't matter who gets in office, nothing is going to change…we'll keep losing our rights, and get taxed into the poor house. Then we'll lose our medical benefits and having nothing left to retire on.

    June 16, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Jeff, AL

    Senator Obama, if you have not chosen Senator Clinton as your running mate, you will not win the general election. I've heard so many folks whom just would not feel comfortable voting for you without her support.

    June 16, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. ilovedems

    I am disappointed at Obama's staff choices– Pattie Solis Doyle, who screwed it up for Hillary, and Jen O'mallay Dillon, who never won a campaign in her life!

    June 16, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. NLC frm New York

    Did anybody know that Barack Obama was abandoned by his mother not once but twice. You people need to read better and get better informed. Why do you think that he changes the subject everytime he is asked the question. If he is that sincere why doesn't he say the truth. And why don't you ask Michelle Obama she was there when all this happen. ONCE A LIAR ALWAYS A LIAR.

    Obama should cover his back by putting Hillary Clinton as his running mate. I thought he made his own decisions. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY HE WILL WIN with Hillary Clinton on the ticket.

    June 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. cheryl

    To Maca,
    please explain to me why you are so bitter, Clinton and Obama agree on approximately 85% of the issues. What is the real reason behind your decision not to vote for Obama? I watched all of the debates, Obama was never disrespectful to Clinton even when she spoke untruths about him, he never disrespected her. Obama is a true gentleman, he even pulled Hillary's chair out for her. I think that there is something more senister to your decision. God bless you!

    June 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. H-ROD


    June 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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