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Patti Solis Doyle phoned Clinton to tell her she is taking job on Obama campaign


WASHINGTON --Chicago native Patti Solis Doyle, former Clinton campaign manager jettisoned in the final months of the primary, joins the Obama team as the chief of staff to Sen. Barack Obama's eventual running mate, as Michelle Obama beefs up her operation with a new chief of staff.

For tea leaf readers: The Solis Doyle appointment could be seen as a sign that Sen. Hillary Clinton is drifting down and out from Obama's vice presidential short list. The minus is that perhaps Obama should not have sent this signal so soon, as he is busy wooing disgruntled Clinton supporters.

Doyle -- the sister of Ald. Danny Solis (25th) -- is close to Obama chief strategist David Axelrod, and the Obama trusted inner-circle is essentially a close-knit group of people who have known one another for years.

The Doyle move was one of more than a dozen additions and reassignments the Obama campaign announced on Monday as it adds to its staff for the general election. GOP presumptive nominee Sen. John McCain has had a running start in putting together a November operation. Still, the Obama team has been planning a general election contest for months.

Doyle becomes Obama's most prominent Hispanic staffer and can provide an important bridge to convert die-hard female Clinton backers to Obama.

Doyle will move to Chicago from Washington to set up and run the campaign operation for Obama's vice presidential pick starting in July. Whoever is Obama's running mate will have a team in place -- scheduling, advance, press, policy, speechwriting, etc. -- from the moment he or she is picked.

Doyle, who first started working for the Clintons in the 1992 presidential campaign -- moving from Chicago's City Hall to Arkansas -- phoned Clinton to tell her about her Obama position before it was announced. Clinton congratulated her.

Michelle Obama -- her husband's chief surrogate but herself something of a lightning rod -- bulks up her team with a new chief of staff, Stephanie Cutter, who comes from the Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) political operation and who was communications chief for the 2004 Kerry campaign.

Obama's now former top staffer, Melissa Winter, remains, as the "traveling chief of staff" who will be on the road with Michelle Obama. Unlike Winter, Cutter will also carry the title of senior adviser to the campaign.

The Obama team is recognizing that Michelle Obama's portfolio is growing -- as is the need for a strategy to deal with potential controversy, such as the allegation, unfounded, that Michelle Obama made a speech where she used the word "whitey." Cutter, a veteran Democratic operative, is a familiar face on TV political shows and will easily move into a high-profile Michelle Obama staff role.


Either nobody reads your stuff...or you guys never approve a lot of public comments!

LMAO!! Are you sanitizing the news? Shame on you if so!

Solis-Doyle will have a hard time winning over disgruntled HRC supporters! She after all did blow through Hillary's cash...and left the campaign in the midst of the battle. There aren't many among Hillary's supporters who hold her in high esteem.

Nothing against Patti Solis Doyle, but wouldn't it be better if the eventual vice-presidential candidate has a say in whom his/her chief-of-staff will be?


"For tea leaf readers: The Solis Doyle appointment could be seen as a sign that Sen. Hillary Clinton is drifting down and out from Obama's vice presidential short list."

LMAO! Pa-leeeeze! The Clintons were likely never on the list, long or short - PERIOD!

Hillary may have blazed a trail for fossilized 60+ middle class bra-burning shrikes who grew up cheering on Patti Hurst and lauding Gloria Steinem. The rest of female America, however, really never hung all our hopes and prayers on her breaching the Presidential glass ceiling to redefine the contemporary feminist movement. Furthermore, there are better qualified, more likable, far less earth-scorchingly divisive female VEEP candidates out there in DNC-ville who would prove to be far more beneficial to Obama's need to win the southern, bitter, blue-collar, gun-and-God-loving, beer-and-a-shot swilling, lunchpale crowd whom Hillary, the $100 million per annum well educated corporate shilling, NAFTA-evading elitist, claimed fascetiously to be her voting base.

No, Solis-Doyle is simply beefing up her resume. And, I don't blame her. Actually, KUDOS to Patti! You go, girl! Play on the team that is going to bring us the next President. Be able to put that on your resume. After all, you might want to work again somewhere else in 2009, when nothing is going to play better than an endorsement from President Barak Hussein Obama. Honey talk about an invaluable investment in your future? That's it, right there!!!

This Solis Doyle appointment is bizarre. If Hillary Clinton is not going to be VP, it makes me really mad. I'm fine with reaching out to former Clinton staffers to give them a role in the campaign. But in charge of VP, if Clinton is not VP?!? That's a stick in Hillary Clinton's eye. I am now convinced the Obama campaign actually wants to win without Hillary Clinton supporters, perhaps so they don't have to be tethered to policies for working-class Americans and can focus on social issues and Iraq that are more his relatively well-off university-type voter's (a key part of his base) interests.

I just figured out why Patti Solis Doyle was chosen as the Veep campaign manager: Obama is going to pick Richardson as his veep, and with Patti's network of Latinos across the country, they are going to try to drive high numbers of Latinos to the polls for election day. It's a rather brilliant plan. You heard it here first, kids.

Given this:

"Hillary Clinton has been saying on the campaign trail she is the most famous person you don't know. What does Doyle see that the public does not? Her answer: A Clinton who "meddled" to get the Doyles married, did a reading at their wedding, called Santiago Solis when he was dying and showed up in the hospital when Doyle's children were born. "She gave me tips on breastfeeding." The two also share a passion for TV's "Grey's Anatomy.""

then why all the 'HIllary's so cold' crap that was written about her by Obama supporters?

why would anyone think Senator obama had to choose Senator Clinton as VP???He would have to watch both of the Clintons then.Senator Obama needs someone that is strong on foreign policy and Senator Clinton is not.Why is it that any time something does not go the way of the Clintons it is a slap in the face instead of what just is!!!!!!!!!

nationally respected reporter lynn sweet is reporting on "the allegation, unfounded, that Michelle Obama made a speech where she used the word 'whitey.'" you said 'unfounded' (good for you!!) and yet still repeated the incendiary part of the rumor, on the chicago sun-times web site. at what point did that become ok in journalism?

As I noted in a recent column I wrote on this (posted on this blog) I reported on the "whitey" rumor because the obama campaign created an entire web site devoted to debunking various "smears," including this one.

my apologies. i see that the whitey rumor is now worthy of being mentioned in the second paragraph of a new york times story tomorrow. so i guess your transgression is less worser by comparison.

Hillary the Brilliant hand plucked her team of Hillary huggers, promising all of them and everyone else that it would all be over on Feb. 5. It was not. Who's fault was that? Hillary had it all and for weeks enjoyed a coronation, blowing through cash for her win on February 5. Perhaps she should have behaved with a little competence herself and checked the bank book. One staffer can't be the fall of a campaign without a lot of help from the top. Get over it.

For Obama, this is pay-back time by rewarding Patti Solis Doyle for sabotaging Hillary's campaign.

I may be a conspiracy theorist but it seems to me like this position for Solis-Doyle was a reward for bankrupting and derailing the Clinton campaign during Obama's stretch of victories. Her and Axelrod are good friends and probably launched this scheme together.

Attacking a middle-aged woman reporter
Attacking a middle-aged (superior in experience and issues and campaigning and thinking on her feet) woman candidate---
You Obama supporters are NOT GETTING IT--
We NEED Hillary on the ticket
We NEED her supporters particularly--
and if you keep up this MAOIST support for Obama we will not have a fart's chance in a hurricane of winning in the fall.

I voted Hilary Clinton, and only support Hilary Clinton, No matter what Hilary Does suspend her campaign concede her campaign. No matter what Hilary does she could even support Obama and campaign for Obama I will never Vote for Barack Obama, I do think America is ready for a black president, just not Barack Obama,,, The way The Democratic party handle this election with the Corporate Media propaganda the whole election, Turned this election upside down,, Obama could of ran over someone,, like Haley Berry, No one would care and still vote,, Obama..
There several million Voter right now like my self, will not ever vote for Barack Obama, Many like my self will be Voting for McCain, my reason is simple,, the Obama voter came on CNN & MSNBC and said if obama does not win the primary, Obama supporter will vote for McCain, Democratic party did not do anything to the obama camp to stop ,, why is obama party splitting the party in half, Now pelosi and many other are blaming Hilary and kept on with the propaganda Corporate Media, Obama Said on the new so many time,, does not Matter, if your Democrat or Republican,, you want the right person for the right Job,, He is so right,,when He said that we wanted Hilary,, Well Congrats to Obama his supporter got him to the primary,,,but He will never win the election,, for President, I will not stop with my blogging,, who is the best man for the job between Barack & McCain,, will vote for McCain he will be way better than Barack Obama, I can put up for McCain for 4 years and Hilary Can run again, Pelosi and the rest of the democrat party,, days are number at this point, For pushing Hilary out and ruining her Career, Even now During Clinton Exit speech,, Democratic party Told Hilary if she does not back there little puppet Barack Obama they will ruin her career,, In my opinion They all ready Ruined Hilary Clinton Career, Right Now I am going listen to one thing Barack Obama said, and that is, like I said, it does not matter if your Democrat or republican who is the right person for the job,,,, Hillary supporter need to stick together, Vote for McCain or just not vote for we need the right person,,, Hilary is up on stage right now saying what pelosi and the democratic party are telling her what to do,, or Economy is down and the way the propaganda Media is,, we are turning into a 3rd world country,, by rigging the election thru the media, Hilary Supporter who really want Hilary to be president Need to vote for McCain or just not Vote for Barack Obama, let McCain win,, there nothing more he can do as president, Congress will not let him it Congress who controls everything,, not the president, Pelosi and the a lot of the democratic party ruined Hilary Career, If all Hilary Voter, stick together, than We can restore Hilary Career and make her President, in 4 years. if you vote for Obama we have to wait maybe 8 years or 4 years and republican will be office, if Obama wins the presidency he will only be 4 year term,,, I say give all your supporter not to the democratic party, but to Hilary Clinton.. democratic party needs all of them need to leave office and get fresh people in there, who can unite the party not keep it separated and force unity, to who they want not who the voter want,, Hilary would of won this election, DNC screwed her with Florida and Michigan if those vote were counted at the beginning she would of won this race along time ago..and for the sexist Media, Like CNN & MSNBC… will continue to not report the new but Make it up as they see fit, All Hilary supporter need to unit together.. and stick together,, Margaret Thatcher was prime Minister 30 years ago,, but American Men and New Bias, is keeping woman down for personal gain, Like Keith Oberman, & Chris Mathews Who are the biggest Sexist on this MSNBC stations

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