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Sweet: Patti Solis Doyle out as Clinton campaign manager. Chicago native, sister of Ald. Danny Solis.


ALEXANDRIA, VA.--Patti Solis Doyle, who rose from a staffer in Chicago's City Hall to campaign manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential drive, stepped aside on Sunday as Clinton's team confronts the reality that Barack Obama is in a position to beat the New York senator.

Doyle said in a statement that she will serve as a "senior adviser" and that Maggie Williams will be the campaign manager. Williams earlier took on an informal top role after Obama beat Clinton in Iowa. On Sunday, Williams, who served as chief of staff for Clinton when she was first lady.

Doyle is a Pilsen native and the sister of Ald. Danny Solis (25h), who started with Hillary Clinton during the 1992 presidential campaign, moving from Chicago to Little Rock, Ark.

Clinton said in a statement, "Patti Solis Doyle has done an extraordinary job in getting us to this point - within reach of the nomination - and I am enormously grateful for her friendship and her outstanding work. And, as Patti has said, this already has been the longest presidential campaign in history and one that has required enormous sacrifices of everyone and our families. I look forward to her continued advice in the months ahead. Patti and I have worked with Maggie Williams for more than a decade. I am lucky to have Maggie on board and I know she will lead our campaign with great skill towards the nomination."

Statement from Hillary Clinton

Patti Solis Doyle has done an extraordinary job in getting us to this point - within reach of the nomination - and I am enormously grateful for her friendship and her outstanding work. And, as Patti has said, this already has been the longest presidential campaign in history and one that has required enormous sacrifices of everyone and our families. I look forward to her continued advice in the months ahead. Patti and I have worked with Maggie Williams for more than a decade. I am lucky to have Maggie on board and I know she will lead our campaign with great skill towards the nomination.


Patti Solis Doyle sent the note below to campaign staff this afternoon:

Over a year ago Hillary launched her campaign for President.

Her announcement began a historic effort that has inspired millions and brought hundreds of thousands to their feet all across this nation.

I have been proud to manage this campaign, and prouder still to call Hillary my friend for more than sixteen years. I know that she will make a great President.

This has already been the longest Presidential campaign in the history of our nation, and one that has required enormous sacrifices from all of us and our families.

During the last month I have been working closely with my longtime friend, Maggie Williams.

This week Maggie will begin to assume the duties of campaign manager. I will serve as a senior adviser to Hillary and the campaign and travel with Hillary from time to time on the road. Maggie is a remarkable person and I am confident that she will do a fabulous job.

Although I will continue to see you all at headquarters, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank each of you for your dedication, excellence, and passion over the last year.

You are the best campaign staff in the history of Presidential politics and I am grateful to each of you for your hard work and friendship.



well, this campaign has gotten couriouser and couriouser and now we got maggie in for a this is stright-up outta "gone with the wind"!! remember, scarlett could always count on nanny. now how long can ms. williams hold on? she came apart during the impeachment. didn't donna brazil want that gig? well, there is a resemblance!!!

Obama's unstoppable at this point. I feel sorry for Hillary. I feel her pain.

Obama has a cult-like following

Too little, too late.

My first thought, on the day Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses, was "I'd sure hate to be in Patti Solis Doyle's shoes." I thought Hillary would've had her fired on the spot but nothing popped in the news until today.

In a sense, Solis Doyle was fired that day, as reports now say that is when Clinton called in her old assistant Maggie Williams to take on a role in her campaign.

Class act all the way and I wish her the best.

South Side- Chicago

This is the first in many of Hillary's scapegoats in her campaign.

I guess Solis did not learn well the ruthless lessons of Pilsen steet politics. Lesson 1, you always have to look over your shoulder, especially when you have "friends" like the Clintons.

The Clintons are deja vu - Sen Obama is a new voice - not one that I care for at all, but there are no new leaders amongst the Dems. who are a party of mediocrities extraordinaire.

Message from the Turk: Turn in your playbook. You've been fired. What a surprise; the Clintons throwing someone under the bus. Maybe she refused President Pervert's advances.

Why blame the Clinton's, if this person isn't performing why should she even be on the team at all?

This speaks volumes to what is going on in the clinton campaign. Obama is the voice of a new generation (one which I am apart of) that is tired of being lied to by politicians. This country needs a new direction, not the same old garbage we've been getting. I know that Obama will do everthing he can to be honest and forthcoming with America.

She was in way over her head...This is not Chicago politics! But, You should have understood...You are from Chicago! You NEVER let someone think they can compete with you or your campain! You SLAP em' down right away! Started in Iowa,being TOO nice and spending too many resourses there! Go for the knockout right away! Go negative right away! Body Slam Obama...TOO LATE NOW!

nice girl and I wish her the best. clayton charles


Super Tuesday has come and gone and leaves only 5 standing... On the Democratic side there is Hillary and Obama... On the GOP side there stands McCain, Huckabee and Paul...
The establishment has their pick already in for both parties... What they all don't get (and many in the media also) is that the American people want change.. REAL CHANGE... We have all become disillusioned with the status quo...

Lets start with the Democrats....
The Democrats hate Bush and blame him for all their woes and they say look at his ratings... What they don't see is the democratic controlled congress has an even lower rating then Bush...
What is happening within the Democratic party is rebellion... Just look at the popularity of Obama. He preaches change... and the majority of Democrats are listening... and voting...
They are tired of the establishments status quo... Another 4 or 8 years of the Clintons... I think not... The rebellion is on... The Democrats seem split on immigration reform, REALLY SPIT with many going over to Obama's corner because of Hillary's flip floping in support of Spitzers licensing plan for illegal immigrants. I know New York was up in arms over that one. But, in the wings are the super delegates... I would predict that they will throw in their votes for the Hill-Billys, if they see Hillary slipping in the polls (which she already is). One of the super delegates said in referring to the American people.. they have to have faith in us to make the right decision for the country... These super delegates are former presidents, governors and other party leaders... Your vote, huh! They will ultimately choose your candidate, and when they do you will see many Democrats more angry at the party leaders then they are at Bush... A rebellion in the making for the Democrats...

Now for the Republican side...
When Romney dropped out there was a backlash from the conservatives... the likes that we have yet to see in its fullest expression... McCain and Huckabee on the same ticket in hopes to get the conservative vote... I think not! Conservatives are principled people and will not for the "Good of the Party" support the Republican ticket... They have been stabbed in the back by their own party... discarded and tossed aside... for now, but they are needed... But, they will not be there for the party... Retribution is the key here... I see them voting for Ron Paul (as an independent) or even voting for Obama (If he makes it which I doubt!) or not even voting at all... After all, there has not really been a viable Republican candidate for Conservatives!

The disillusioned Democrats, Conservatives and Conservative Republicans if they would pull together and maybe vote for Ron Paul, just maybe they would send a message loud and clear...

The rebellion grows......!
This is going to be interesting....


Patty Solis-Doyle is an amazingly bright, talented woman who worked hard to elect another extraordinarily smart, capable woman: Hillary Clinton. When I read Solis-Doyle's background, I was reminded just how fantastic the people are that Hillary surrounds herself with. And I went to her website at to contribute $25. I can't wait to see the new face of America and the White House when Hillary becomes President!

Why the heck would you have a Daley operative in charge of Hillary's campaign. Daley has his friends everywhere. As a Democrat, I hate the direction the campaigns are heading.

It appears Clinton's campaign is having a few internal changes yet they'll rely on the March 4 Primary. They maybe successful but if they aren't ..... My late grandmother was a DNC member and she once told me that the Clintons were like snake oil salesmen! I really hope Obama win the nomination out right without super delegates and those two state that were rule out of the contest.

After I read the news that Hillary was scapegoating Patty Solis-Doyle, I logged on to and donated $50 to Sen. Obama.

I can't wait to see what the White House will look like after all the beltway backbiters and agents of corruption are finally thrown out on the street.

She didn't step aside; she was fired because Billary is losing her ass in this political game of who get the democratic nomination.

I seriously hope people remember the last time the Clintons were in the White House. He will never be remembered for any of the good he did, because he overshadowed everything with his lies. Hillary has been plotting since Day 1 to run for president. Remember how she said she was not running for the Senate? Those 8 years of the Clintons were the most embarrassing for the United States since Richard Nixon.

Remember all the cover-ups and the denials of no wrong doing, only to find out not much later we had been lied to again. Would I have voted for Hillary under different circumstances. Probably. After all she really is a smart woman. Do I think she can make Universal Healthcare work? She didn't last time, so why would she base most of her campaign on a promise that will probably never see the light of day. I have a long memory and I can't forget the turmoil of those last 8 years. My vote will definitely be for Obama. I am ready for a change.

Now we kow what kind of cuthroat Clinton really is and she was going to be ready on day one LOL, Doyle you are a bright woman and an amazing Hispanic Role model Good Luck to you. Staffing problems and Financial difficulties in the Clinron Campaign, this is a foreshadowing of what America can expect.

She was a scapegoat for the Clinton campaign. Clinton really messed up on the last debate. She should have grilled baby Obama but she played too nice. Also if she as will the Republican candidate question Obama then they will be called racist.

If Hillary is to succeed then she has to grill Obama on this so called change. She needs to come out swinging and hard. This guy is nothing but a punk who is playing the race card and who also has a bunch of young people who do not want to go to war.This is all this election is about..........

One can easily see the Obama-ites spinning the failure of Ms. Solis--even if only within a comment site like this. None of this has any relation to the Bill Clinton Whitehouse. Give it up!

Without a doubt, Ms. Solis and Hillary share a love of public service. In Hillary's case, we see a woman who's had to eat dirt in order to follow her dream--but endured it, believing she could really do this job better than anyone else. She's been to the puppet show and seen the strings--yet still wants to do this thing because she believes so strongly she can do it well.

Then we have a first term Senator. Ask yourselves: what does this new-bie know? Can he get senators from both sides of the aisle to agree to anything? Does he know their tactics and tricks? Does he even speak their language yet? Will he crack under the pressure? He has been all but carried around on a cushion since his election. Dick Durbin even calls him the "rockstar." He may be a man with a great future. The seriousness of our times requires a great leader who can act with surefootedness immediately. I don't think he's ready to do that. I believe Hillary is.

For all the negative press she has recieved and the battles Hillary has waged, she still has an unwavering message of leadership--and her dignity--intact. That's courage. That's pluck. And what woman out there has not WISHED her husband would shut up? C'mon, ladies....

This is costing me friendships with some who feel that I am not supporting racial equality if I fail to vote for Obama. Last I heard, the troops are bleeding red and the mortgage and market monies are all green. It ain't about color. Given a crisis, who is really going to know what to do? Experience is the key to the present situation--or the set of crises we face.

As for Patti--it's not that serious. She blew it. Lots of folks blow it in the work place and lose their position. Do you really think it looks good on Hillary to make this move? No. She needed to make a change because the results were poor. She did not throw anyone under the bus! I think all concerned made it happen with class and decorum. Solis walks away a Senior Advisor. Maggie is the goods and was poised to step in for some time now.I prefer the class shown here to the crass accusations flying around in this comment section. For Shame!

Where was Maggie Williams from the start. Hillary Clinton will do anything to win! Hillary’s campaign from the very start has shown disarray. Hilllary will create the same type of disarray on “day one” Hillary is an extremly polorizing fiqure. Hillary is a dictator, not a team player. Hillary is not professional and thinks her campaign is about Women instead of Americans. That’s why OBAMA is the better choice. OBAMA is the real change agent and will be “honest” with the American people.

There is something quite remarkable about someone who only acknowledges the wins, and ignores their losses. Hillary Clinton has appears to have sense of entitlement that is beyond insulting to
America. How can she unite this country, if she cannot even show gratitude for her supporters? When she wins, there are after parties; but when she losses she is already at the next venue. We expect more from pre-schoolers. Given enough rope, she can take credit for destroying her candidacy. Go OBAMA!!!!

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