Obama hires Hillarys former campaign manager to woo women votersJune 18th, 2008 - 12:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 18 (ANI): Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama has hired Hillary Clintons former campaign manager to boost efforts to win votes of women, Hispanics and supporters of the New York Senator.
Patti Solis Doyle, who was fired by Hillary earlier this year and blamed for strategic errors in the early primaries, will become chief of staff to Obamas vice presidential running mate, The Telegraph reported.
Doyle was a long-time assistant to Hillary. She began her association with Bill Clinton as her assistant during his campaign for president in 1992. Solis Doyle then served as Hillary Clintons campaign manager during her senate runs in 2000 and 2006.
Until February of this year, she was Clintons campaign manager in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. She is credited with coining the term Hillaryland, a term describing Clinton’s close circle of advisors.
Most concluded that the move was designed to signal that Clinton would not fill that role as many of her supporters want. But Doyles appointment is expected to make it easier for other former Clinton staffers to cross over to the Obama campaign.
Doyle is the most prominent Hispanic figure in the Obama campaign. She will help reach a core of voters whose resistance to Obama cost him victory in Texas and Nevada. They also form a sizeable chunk of electorates in the swing states of Colorado, New Mexico and Florida.
Obama has already increased the number of women in his senior staff, after criticism that his inner circle presented a rather macho posture to the world. His chief spokeswoman is now a woman.
On Monday, Obama also made Stephanie Cutter, formerly a communications director for John Kerry, a senior adviser and chief of staff to his wife Michelle and another woman, Jen O’Malley, his target states director. (ANI)
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