Skip to comments.Clinton campaign manager out
Posted on 02/10/2008 1:15:42 PM PST by libh8er
Clinton's campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, left the position today, to be replaced by Clinton's former top White House aide, Maggie Williams. The change formalizes a shift in the campaign's power structure that began to set in after Clinton's win in New Hampshire,
I've obtained a copy of Solis Doyle's email to the campaign's staff, sent about 15 minute ago:
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 didnt 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.
The move doesn't have obvious consequences for the campaign's competing power centers. It's not the coup from Bill Clinton's advisors, the "white boys," that was rumored weeks ago but never came to pass. Williams, like Solis Doyle, is loyal first and foremost to Hillary, and has been very close to her for many years.
But Williams' influence has already been felt, I'm told, in the more ornate language in Clinton's speeches, and her presence adds a new dimension to the politics of Hillaryland.
“Those deck chairs would look lovely over here,” said the Captain.
What’s the over/under in days on Maggie Williams before she is fired?
Hillary is becoming hoarse and desperate. Get rid of her NOW!
The witch gets a new broom to ride on.
A good example of how a "Village" works!
Fired or dumped in a park?
HILLARY needs a black face to represent her at the upcoming mugging of OBAMA for the nomination.
Inspiring Latina: Patti Solis Doyle
Front-runner Patti Solis Doyle is making history on Capitol Hill.
By Angie Romero
By coincidence or perhaps fate, the gray, nondescript building in Arlington, Virginia, where Patricia Solis Doyle runs Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was a district office of Citizenship and Immigration Services until 2004. It’s a fitting space for Patti, 42, the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first Latina to run a U.S. presidential campaign. Her corner office is furnished with Clinton hand-me-downs, including an old kitchen table and daughter Chelsea’s armoire. But one thing stands out: a Diego Rivera painting, Los Sembradores. It shows two Mexican men toiling in the soil, bringing forth new lifethe perfect metaphor for Patti’s current task.
After managing Hillary’s two triumphant races for New York Senate and heading her political action committee and fund-raising efforts, Patti has become Clinton’s single most important political adviser. “I can’t imagine running for president without her by my side,” Hillary has said of Patti, who confirms she’ll never run for office and is content being a behind-the-scenes player. But what a player she is: At press time, Hillary was leading an ABC News/Washington Post presidential poll with 41 percent of all Democratic support (Barack Obama was her closest competitor at 27 percent). Hillary never even officially asked Patti to run the campaign, where she manages approximately 250 people and millions of dollars in funds. “It was more like, ‘Of course Patti’s the campaign manager,’” explains Patti, who coined the now-ubiquitous term “Hillaryland” back when Hillary was the first lady.
“I love that my job is unpredictable,” Patti says. “At any point someone can say the building’s burning, and I get to pull out the fire extinguishers.” Whether it’s a meeting with supporters or a briefing on the Hispanic vote, her strategy is the same: “Play out every possible scenario and have a game plan for each.” The latest fire? One of Hillary’s most devoted fund-raisers, Norman Hsu, is wanted for grand theft; Patti and company immediately gave his $23,000 in donations to charity.
The incendiary nature of this campaign has Patti operating on about four hours of sleep a day. She rises at 6 a.m., gets her kids (9-year-old daughter Lee and 5-year-old Joseph) ready for school, then conducts her first conference call at 7:30 a.m. She speaks to Hillary several times daily, updating her on everything from budgets to polls. Three days a week, she relieves her husband, Jim (a handsome Harvard Law grad), in time for “bath and story time.” Once the kids are tucked in, she works until 2 a.m. Perhaps Lee put it best in a drawing that sits in her mom’s office: “My mom is a rabbit...she hops off to work every day, she hops back home.”
That’s what Patti has been doing since she became Hillary’s first hire as a scheduler 16 years ago. At the time, Patti, a Northwestern University graduate (she attended on a merit scholarship) was working on Richard M. Daley’s successful Chicago mayoral bid. It was an unexpected move for a woman who studied communications and dreamed of becoming an on-air reporter, but her oldest brother, Danny, alderman of Chicago’s 25th Ward, had encouraged her to get into politics. When Daley’s campaign manager, David Wilhelm, was tapped to head Bill Clinton’s first presidential run in ‘92, he took along some young, hard-working staffers. “The day I landed in Little Rock was the day Hillary decided she needed help,” Patti rem-inisces. “David said, ‘I’ve got this great girl from Chicago,’ and Hillary said, ‘I’m from Chicago.’ The rest is history.”
And unlike most in her field, Patti has stood by the same player since day one, in part because they’ve become close friends. “She came to the hospital when my kids were born, read at my wedding and called my father when he was dying of lung disease,” Patti says of Hillary. “So this race is very personal. I’d do anything for her.”
That dedication is paying off, particularly with Hispanic Democrats. Current polls indicate that 59 percent of them support Hillary. That’s her strongest showing among any major demographic group and a huge asset in California, Florida, Nevada and other states with early primaries. Patti also keeps a close eye on Hillary’s national Hispanic outreach teamthe first of its kind assembled by any candidate, says Fabiola Rodriguez-Ciampoli, Hillary’s director of Hispanic communications.
As a native of Chicago’s predominantly Mexican Pilsen neighborhood, Patti cares deeply about immigration, an issue she’s brought to the fore in this campaign. “It’s very personal for me,” she says. “As a community and as a culture, we provide so much richness to this country.” To understand her passion, one need only know the story of her parents, Santiago and Alejandrina. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Santiago came to the States illegally in the early 1940s and was deported twice; after his third immigration, he got his visa and eventually brought over his wife and their four children. They moved to Chicago, where Patti was the sixth and last child born. Santiago worked three jobs to pay for his children’s private, Catholic schooling, earning no more than $18,000 a year. Alejandrina labored in an industrial Laundromat, while Patti worked at a cowboy boot store. “He always said, ‘Hazte valer’make yourself valuable,” says Patti of her father, her greatest mentor. “To me, it meant work hard, get a good education and never embarrass yourself or your family.” Watching Patti, you know Santiago is somewhere smiling.
“Get involved with local campaigns for school boards, state assembly or mayor. Or volunteer for your congressman or congresswoman. You’ll get valuable experience.”
“Know the key players and what the important issues are.”
“Solid friendships are more valuable in politics than gold.”
So is Maggie Williams the token black for Hillary’s team to make them look more sensitive toward African-Americans?
Yes, we add more to the roll of Democrat women in politics — we have such admirable names as Clinton, Boxer, Fienstein, Pelosi and more -— all such fine respectable American patriots and leaders.....(/barf)
Hillary is melting. Last night was one cold bucket of water for her campaign.
Quit or fired?
the rapist probably started to sniff around
The ashtrays are flying now!
Johnny Chung, Clinton buddy and Democratic fund-raiser, who made almost 50 visits to the Clinton White House, and on one occasion, gave Hillarys Chief of Staff, Maggie Williams a check for the DNC in the amount of $50,000. The check was actually given in the White House (in violation of the law).