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Breaking: Doyle Out as Campaign Manager

Updated: 8:45 p.m.
By Anne E. Kornblut
Patti Solis Doyle has announced that she will turn over the role of campaign manager to Maggie Williams, according to campaign officials. Doyle is expected to stay on as a senior adviser. The shift will take place this week, Doyle told her staff.

In a statement, Clinton said: "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."

Chris Cillizza has more details at The Fix ».

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Back on topic, Hillary said today that the replacement of her campaign manager reflected a need to add more people to her campaign staff, not significant at all (so why isn't the first Latina to manage a national campaign staying on board to help too?):

Former campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle will remain a trusted friend and adviser, Clinton said.

"There is just too much to be done, so we had to add some more people. There really is not significant change, we really just got to get more help, we just don't have enough help," Clinton told a Chicago television news crew Monday. Solis Doyle is a Chicago native.

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

politiciannc, McCain was born not in Panama, per se, but on a US air base. However,had his mother birthed him in a Panamanian hospital, he would still be a natural born citizen as opposed to a naturalized citizen, because both his parents were US citizens. McCain is not a man without a country nor did he have to apply to be a citizen like Arnold.

Posted by: jhbyer | February 10, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

What was that "thud"? Hillary hitting the canvas in Maine. This makes five in a row with Maryland, Virginia, and DC next.

Posted by: gmundenat | February 10, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

The Constitution requires every President to be a "natural born Citizen" not that he (or she) be actually born in the United States -- it is clear that foreign-born Americans at the time the Constitution was adopted were also eligible to become President, provided they met the age and residency requirements -- McCain is a "natural born Citizen" no doubt about that. Besides, you really think the Roberts Supreme Court is going to PUNISH John McCain for being born while his U.S. Navy ADMIRAL father and mother were sationed abroad?!

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

John McCain can not be PRESIDENT!
why? he was born in Panama.. Therefore under the constitution he does not qualify to be President. It needs to be clarified by the Supreme Court.
He is a Citizen because both parents are but he is hold under the same rule as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and any other Citizen NO BORN IN THE USA.

Can some Bring this to the Public... How is this man running when Under the Constitution he is not permitted to become President.

Posted by: politiciannc | February 10, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Politico.com obtained a copy of Solis Doyle's e-mail to the campaign's staff, sent about 15 minutes 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 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."

The move doesn't have obvious consequences for the campaign's competing power centers. It's not the coup from Bill Clinton's advisers, 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.

UPDATE: Clinton herself puts out 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."

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

If the woman did such a great job, why has she been canned? A little honesty, please. Hillary is losing and she knows it. She can try to shake things up or continue getting 35%. What I would not give to be a fly on the wall when she realizes the problem is herself.

Posted by: gmundenat | February 10, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Back to the topic, will there be any political fallout for Hillary firing the first Latina to manage a Presidential campaign?

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Besides, why would a former President WANT to serve as Vice-President? That doesn't make sense.

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

That 16yearplan cannot work. Think about it.

If Hillary was President for 8 years, then she could not be Obama's VP for 8 years because the VP must be required to become president which Clinton would not be eligible for if she had been President for 8 years. However even if they switched 4 years Hillary as President, 4 years Obama as President, 4 years Hillary as President, the last 4 years with Obama as President Hillary still couldn't be VP because she had been president for 2 terms...so the 16 year plan is not plausible....

Posted by: shaun.m.omalley | February 10, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, since our party's stuck now with McLame, you already have the first four years in the bank.

Posted by: jmb131 | February 10, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Steven4, how did that 16 year plan work out for Gore?

Posted by: gtlarkin | February 10, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's harness the excitement we're seeing among Democrats for BOTH amazing candidates. Sign the petition to Howard Dean and the DNC at http://www.16yearplan.com

Posted by: steven4 | February 10, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

AP Photographer, Carolyn Kaster, caught Hillary crying again as she listened to a disabled U.S. veteran in the audience tell his story during a campaign stop at The City of Lewiston Memorial Armory in Lewiston, Maine, yesterday. Did you see that, Anne?

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the latest -- did you ever post pictures of the "Hill Force One" plane?

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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