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. Andy J, NY

    @VOTE 08

    I put that in there before i saw anyone posted, so i could point out the bias and it wasn't buried in the 300 posts praising Obama.

    I come here to post because its obvious there is a bias, and i'm trying to point it out in hopes that the blind, socialist sheep that follow Obama might wake up to the facts.

    Are you going to disagree that there isn't a pro-Obama bias on CNN? Who cares about Obama's general election staff? There are much more news worthy topics than that. There is a such a double standard when it comes to Obama and his supporters. They talk about wanting to stay above the fray, and they are going to run a different kind of campaign, yet i see nothing different than any other campaign from any other year. That's my point, and its quite relevant.

    June 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Greg, VT

    Maca, Fred, and the Obama's haters, It's too late for you!! Say whatever you want, but we know who you really are. Ha ha ha!!

    June 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Don in Florida

    Team Obama has many talented and intelligent people (way smarter then I am) on it and if they made these decisions thinking that it will help them, then i'm on board.

    And for all the negative posts against Obama, it's probably Republicans trying to start mischief and divide the democrats. Don't fall for that. We democrats are united and will send the republicans back home for the next 24 years.

    And for those (true) Clinton supporters saying they will vote for McCain. oh well, you do that. it's your choice. But it won't help because Obama will pull just as many disaffected moderate republicans and independents.

    By the way to those (true) Clinton supporters threatening to bolt the party for McCain because she didn't win, you're falling for a bag of tricks. Do you really think that the republicans would be saying such nice things about Hillary if she were the nominee? think again. And also remember this, Hillary probably wants to get re elected to the senate and she will need Obama Nation to accomplish that. So think through carefully about bolting to McCain just because she didnt win. If you feel McCain has better policies then Obama then that's a different story, but to bolt just because your candidate didnt win, not a good or very smart reason. Think about that awhile.

    June 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. TonyNJHC

    That's the way obama! I could not think of a better candidate for the job, so you enjoyem! Nice roster, but no Minister of Propaganda? The man behind the curtain? The King maker? In either case, it will be LANDSLIDE MCCAIN who shall win this race for the Presidency of these Still United States of America, a country loved by it's countrymen, while a handful of, in my opinion, ungrateful beings wish to change our beloved America. Well I suppose if these folks who wish for change, were born here, raised here instead of some exotic location, they might love Our America like so many Millions and Millions do. Remember "The Man" who answered the call to war for his country. McCain did not forget YOU then. Please don't forget this fine American in November!

    June 16, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Mike

    You missing Sen. Hillary. It is ok not have Sen. Barack O'Drama on the roaster.

    June 16, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "I AM NOW AN INDEPENDENT!********* June 16th, 2008 1:42 pm ET

    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!"
    ------–
    You're not an Independent. Independents pride themselves on making informed decisions without voting for a particular party line.

    You got your information from Yahoo? Well, that doesn't make you an Independent.

    It does, however, make you a YAHOO!!!

    June 16, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Andy J, NY

    @ KONA-

    Hillary is irrelevant, and its pretty common knowledge that her supporters are every bit as nasty as obama's. But, like i said, she's not a relevant candidate at this time.

    You and your socialist pals have fun voting for Obama. I'm glad you hold the principles of Bolshevism dear to you.

    Support Obama, support redistribution of wealth. Tax those who have worked hard to gain success and wealth, because apparently thats a bad thing in America these days. If you were rich, would you want the government to take you money and give it to someone who hasn't worked for it, via a tax credit? That's not the politics of hope and change, thats the politics of jealousy, envy, socialism and Bolshevism.

    June 16, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Greg, Brattleboro, VT

    Obama for president!!!!!!!! Only those who enjoy living in the "Heart of Darkness" cannot understand the man. Ha ha ha!

    June 16, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Tx Dem

    UNITE DEMS!! STOP POINTING THE FINGER OR ELSE ALL DEMS WILL LOSE OUT FOR 4 MORE YEARS!!!

    (as in business, theres no silver bullet solution just like there's no one person to blame in this situation)

    June 16, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "David June 16th, 2008 2:29 pm ET

    Why are Obama fans so hateful. They attack everyone who doesen't agree with them or is not a fan of Obama. All the name calling to McCain and his age. But God help us if its about Obama.

    Also, CNN, do you only post pro Obama comments?"
    ---------------–
    Has it ever occurred to you that there may be more PEOPLE who are Pro-Obama?

    June 16, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. beverly

    THIS IS BECOMING VERY TIRESOME, WHERE IS HILLARY,AS ARNOLD WOULD SAY IT SHE'LL BE BACKKKKKK. SO WHAT IF SENATOR OBAMA RAN OU SPACE FOR THOSE WOULD LIKE ABOARD HIS STAFF, SOLIS AS I REMEMBR SHE WAS LET GO FROM HILLAY STAFF, NOW SHE HAS A JOB WITH OBAMA WHATS WITH HILLARY BACKERS , YOU CAN'T HAVE BOTH WAYS I AM 62 YEARS OLD I SUGGEST THOSE THAT HAVE NOT GIVING UP ON HILLARY'S LOST OF THE NOMINATION GROW UP GET A LIFE. HILLARY IS BASKIN IN THE SUN, THE REST A YOU ARE PITIFUL.

    June 16, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. denverite

    obama WILL WIN! AND THE LAUGH WILL BE ON ALL THE RACIST PEOPLE

    June 16, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. matt gallant

    i doubt Patti will have much power within the camp. Obama and staff are too smart to let her have a strong hand of power, knowing what she did to hillary.

    June 16, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Ontario

    Maca, are you aware that Senator McCain has accepted $300,000 raised by a supporter who once joked about rape; does not support sex education in our schools; has opposed legislation in connection with equal pay for women; wants to rescind Roe vs. Wade?

    June 16, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. matt gallant

    Andy J, NY- Age can be a diblitating factor, he is at the age where the mind starts to slip and the ability to think clearly and with a clear course is very common. I am not sure when someones race was a dibilatating factor, unless your a republican.

    June 16, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Kenneth M

    ARE THEY TRYING TO SAY SHE HARPOONED CLINTONS CHANCES? ANYWAY, IN HER NEW POST WITH OBAMA'S CAMP SHE CAN DO LITTLE HARM.

    June 16, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    it is ridiculous to pile on THAT much blame for a loss on any one person; it makes them sound like junior-high kids.

    unfortunately hillary made the choice or allowed herself to be surrounded with garbage people, like mark penn. as soon as i heard hillary brought him on her staff, i lost MAJOR respect for her-and i was gonna vote for her-cuz it meant she was gonna get ugly in her campaigning, as we all saw she did. that showed VERY poor judgment and leadership on her part, and we all know hillary is a better person than that.

    i dont know anything about this woman, so cant make a judgment on this choice, but from what i've seen so far obama really has a sharp group of people working for him. that shows EXCELLENT leadership and judgment, just what we need from a president.

    June 16, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. agib

    What a mean guy , only she out of all to hire just to stick it to Hillary or what!!! i pray god for your defeat Obama , you are sneaky good talk and no good .

    June 16, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. kelly WI

    I bet most of you want to get as old as McCain. That is so simplistic and juvenile.
    I suppose these people have to get a job some place that are leaving Hillarys campaign.
    Seems as though the Obama supporters want and think He is going to do something special for them.Guess they want more of their income, if they ever get out and work, taken away so the gov. can decide how to spend it instead of yourself.

    June 16, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Andy J, NY

    Look at any other blog dealing with Obama. His supporters don't stay on topic, they just bash McCain for being old. Its not hard to find, %99 of the blogs are focused on Obama.

    Not that McCain is my cup of tea. I'm not voting for McCain or Obama. Its either Barr or nobody.

    The point: With so much going on in the world, and in the world of politics, do we really need a story about Obama's general election staff? Maybe so we can place bets on which one of his shady staff members gets thrown under the Obama bus to save the messiah. This guy is a socialist, through and through. I feel its my responsibility, as a man true to the ideals upon which this great country was founded, to post these messages here, even though i think CNN feeds you liberals the garbage you crave. We are not a socialist nation. In case you missed the past 50 years, SOCIALISM DOESN'T WORK.

    June 16, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Shawn T

    Another smart move by Obama, pooling in the best of talent.

    Call Obama whatever you want, but this no one can argue with:

    Obama has run a TERRIFIC campaign, much worthy of respect.

    June 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Ben

    Why is there so much venom and hatred among these message boards? Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ! We all need to just take a second to take a deep breath and relax.

    I know that not all Clinton-supporters are not acting like childish sore losers, but to those that are: You can vote for whoever you want to (it's your right), but just make sure that youre voting for who you truly think will help get us out of this mess and that youre not just being a disgruntled, stubborn snob.

    I know that not all Obama supporters are not acting like arragant sore winners, but to those that are: You need to stop acting so self-righteous. A sore winner is just as bad as a sore winner.

    Everyone, can we please just stop bickering? Can we please just try to mend the bridges between Clinton and Obama supporters instead of just alienating each other? At the start of this race we were all democrats. We were all behind the same ideals and values, if not the same person. Are we going to abandon these ideals when we the people need them most?

    Thank you for your time.

    June 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Kenneth M

    ANDY J YOU SOUND LIKE A F$@*ING CRY BABY! AND AS A KID FROM QUEENS I FIND IT DEPLORABLE. MCCAIN'S AGE IS AS REAL AN ISSUE AS OBAMAS YOUTH IS. OUR POINT IS THAT THE US HAS BEEN DOING THINGS HIS WAY FOR AT LEAST 72 YEARS. IT IS TIME TO TRY A CHANGE. OBAMA IS AS ABOUT AS DIFFERENT A CANDIDATE AS YOU CAN IMAGIN. IF YOU DONT LIKE HIS POLICY THAT IS FINE, BUT DONT CRY ALL OVER THE BLOGGISPHERE.

    June 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Jennifer

    David, do you only read the comments of Obama supporters?
    Read for once those writtten by the Clintongroup!
    The first are more sympatic and more realistic.
    The second (pro Hillary) are very nasty and can't accept they lost and split the party for that reason.

    June 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Linda Esen

    Brian from Fort Mill, S.C. : Whatever!!!! whats wrong with pionting out the obvious- McCgrandpa will make more of a mess and continue where Bush is goign to leave of and then die peacefully in his sleep after the 4 years that he will hopefully not get elected for – being six feet doesn't help tawrd taking accountability.

    I suppose you just have to undersatnd that Obama supporter annoyed becuse most dont understand why for the life of any one would anybody support McCain – why cant you be like the rest of the logical repupplicans and just stay home on election day.

    June 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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