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. Adam, Los Angeles

    Patti Solis Doyle was not responsible for Clinton's mismanaged campaign. Get over it!

    Anyway, perhaps this a sign that Democratic Nominee, Sen. Obama, does not plan to offer the No. 2 spot to Sen. Clinton. I can't see the two of them working together again after Sen. Clinton threw Patti under the bus.

    June 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Ginny CA

    Watch out Obama, you've just added the back-stabbing Patti Solis Doyle to your staff. She could sink you and your campaign like the Titanic if you give her the right position on your staff. Clinton trusted this loser and Solis Doyle, pretty well single-handedly, crippled the campaign. She's an idiot and in way over her stupid head.

    June 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Greg FL.

    Will you people please get over Hillary Clinton. Obama did not steal the primaries. Hilllary tried every dirty trick in the book and you people still have the nerve to yell how Obama stole the election or treated Hillary so bad. Are you people that delusional and lost? Bottom line your hero ran a lousy campaign. You should be mad at her for screwing up a near sure thing. And go ahead and vote for McCain. If you do it just shows you never really cared about your candidate or the issues.

    June 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Ms. O'Connor

    Loving the efficiency, President Obama

    June 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Not Voting for Obama

    Obama supporters who are touted as being so well educated simply just show that the guy is full of hot air – hot air because some of his supporters are just plain old stupid, and hot air because he has no clue as to HOW to get any of the bla bla that he talks about done.

    (1) A false message of change with out any substance.

    (2)The Obamas and supporters always Playing the race card!

    (3)Accusing others of being the raciest! When the Obamas are the true America Hating raciest!

    (4) Obama explained that he meant to say she his grandmother was a typical 'white person,' all of whom have an inbred fear of others. His later remarks about bitter, unemployed white folk clinging to their guns and religion and nervously eyeing strangers and free trade deals simply exacerbated his earlier remarks.

    (5) Blocked the re-vote in FL and MI when they knew that would change the dynamics of the election... Obama would have then lost IN by wider margins and probably crawled to the finish line in NC.

    (6) Running away from a fight when they know they can't win, FL, MI, KY, WV are examples

    Republicans will take the fight to them and slaughter him... the only way they can win is by tearing Obama down and the Obama team has demonstrated over and over again that they can't win a fight.

    June 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Pete

    Some of you who are deciding to vote for McCain are pretty interesting. Your reasoning is not based on his stellar abilities or his fabulous policies. You are using unbelievable reasons that are not in the best interests of our country. Wake up! We need fresh and intelligent leadership this time around.

    Go Obama !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Susan

    O.K. staff, lets get ready to rumble and take down the tyrannical Republican Party!

    June 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. DE

    Good Luck Sen. Obama. It will be without my vote!

    The big question for me on election day is...should I do a write in for Sen. Clinton, or do I just stay home?


    June 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Enlightened Voter

    One thing NO one can argue with is the fact that Obama has brilliant organizational skills, management skills and finance skills. If he runs the country like his campaign AMERICA will be great again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. United Nation

    Why cant hillary Supporters post positive comments about the issues, all they know about is Rant and full of hate, Go listen to Frozen by Madonna, life is too short to be sad. You should get more expose to become less ignorant. Give peace a chance.

    Let the game Begin.

    June 16, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Janet, American via Canada

    As a White Senior Female, I do not want HRC as VP! Simple as that!

    She made her mess and now she has to shovel it herself!
    Instead of supporting what should have been her running mate, she supported her Republican Friend McSHAMELESS! She was the ELITEST and DIVIDING the Party all the way!

    Just Put in the PIPE and smoke it!

    Therefore, any female states that HRC should be VP! Then your self confidence needs repair!

    June 16, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Enlightened Voter

    Brian from Fort Mill, S.C. – good point!!! Guess they never think of that huh? They are so consumed with their hatred.

    June 16, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. United Nation

    All the haters that post negative personal attack comments.

    "Judge not that you may not be judged"

    Mathew 7 vs 1

    June 16, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Idiots

    You people are idiots. Obama is a lock. All of this is just window dressing until the election. Sorry Hillary....find a new job.

    June 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Doc

    Apparently Andy J has not been paying attention too long. Oh people have talked about Obama like a dog on these blogs. Not saying that this is ok but if CNN is going to be fair than they would have to read each comment and pic which of those too exclude.

    June 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Mcpoke

    I did not see David Axelrod's name on the list...I hope he
    is still involved – the man is brilliant!

    In any event, this is exciting for the Obama staff and for our country. What history will be made as we elect our first African-American President.


    June 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Andy J, NY

    Brian from Ft Mill- I think David was alluding to the fact that he has posted anti-Obama remarks which have been moderated and excluded from the blog. Duh.

    June 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. JJ

    Well I would think by adding Solis Doyle to the staff, would end the chances of Hillary becoming VP. There would be no chance in heck he would let that friction between the two of them become the center of his campaign. It is a good decision to hire her though. She wasn't the root cause of the HRC campaign breaking down.

    June 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. fairandstraight

    still Hill, go get HRC.

    Why are people crying over spilled milk?

    June 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Ed from Canada

    Please do print this ..
    as this what I am pointing is a very good point..

    Ok as we can see regarding Patti Solis Doyle and that "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." is what you stated..

    I guess that sums up the fact that Hillary will not be his pick for Vice President, EH?????

    June 16, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. ONLY N AMERICA!!!!!!!



    THANK YOU .......THANK YOU !!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. mike

    go obama kick Mcshame out of track!!!! Mccain said bringing troops home is not important!!!!! hate you McBush. You lost my vote i want my friends back home old 100 year old warmonger.!!!!!!! Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Scott (GA)

    Before you read this, this might offend some people. Take that into account before reading it.

    For anyone out there who doesn't consider age when voting for a president, I wish to make a point. "Age-ism" as its being called, is taking political correctness one step to far. Should age be a factor? To me, without a doubt. First, look at a picture of ANY former President at the beginning of his first term, and then look at a picture of when they leave office. Second, the life expectancy of ANY president is almost always shorter than that of the general population. We have had a good run with Regan living into his 90's, as well as Bush 1, Carter, Ford and Nixon living long lives. Including those names, only 1/3 live full healthy lives to life expectancy. 4 years ago, when Ford Carter Bush Clinton Regan and Bush 2 were alive, we had more living "Presidential Terms" than anytime in history (8 – 4 year terms). Truthfully this is by far the exception rather than the rule (the average being somewhere between 2 and 3). Yes, you could talk about medical achievements over the last 50 years, and pension reform took place for the president and their families around the turn of the 20th century, but I still go back to how the Presidency ages you: Go back 8 years and take a look at Bush 2 and you will hardly recognise the brown hair that he lost. Clinton was a ladies man when he took office, by the end he could hardly get a WH intern. Now I might be going a little overboard, but then again, if anyone wants further proof that age MIGHT actually matter, go back and study the election of William Henry Harrison. At the time he was the oldest man to take office. When he was running, many attacked his age, and yet he was still elected. He died a month after taking office and the country was left in political turmoil. At the very least, look long and hard at the VP, because that might be who you are really voting for. Anyone want to describe McSame as young and vigorous? I'm not saying don't vote for McCain because of his age, I'm saying that it is wholesale naivete to not consider age when voting for President.

    June 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Kenneth

    OK I get it now because you HRC supporters can not get she lost fair and square you are going to keep up your childish comments. I had a coach who once told me after a hard fought loss you should always win grace lose with courage.

    June 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. BUSHED!!!!!!

    vw................... Whoever you will hire for your campaign, you will lose in Nov because the so-called-democracy party is no longer democratic....Whoever you will hire for your campaign, you will lose in Nov because the so-called-democracy party is no longer democratic.................................................................LISTEN UP
    I would rather DIE on my KNEES than to STAND with MCSAME AND the EXTERINATORS

    June 16, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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