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Clinton's Deputy Campaign Manager Steps Aside

Mike Henry, deputy campaign manager for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has resigned, according to a source familiar with the decision.

Henry tendered his resignation yesterday morning but worked the last two days on a volunteer basis. His departure is not entirely unexpected, as he was brought into the campaign by Patti Solis Doyle, who stepped down on Sunday.

In an e-mail sent to staff and obtained by The Fix, Henry writes: "As someone who has managed campaigns, I share the unique understanding of the challenges that the campaign will face over the next several weeks. Our campaign needs to move quickly to build a new leadership team, support them and their decisions and make the necessary adjustments to achieve the winning outcome for which we have all worked so hard for over a year now."

Howard Wolfson, communications director for Clinton's campaign, said that Henry had done "an outstanding job for the campaign and his expertise will be missed."

Henry came to the Clinton campaign at the behest of Solis Doyle. He had managed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's vast independent expenditure program in the 2006 cycle -- an election where the party stunned the political establishment by winning back the majority. Henry came to the DSCC from Virginia where he managed Gov. Tim Kaine's (D) successful gubernatorial bid in 2005. The year before he oversaw the Senate primary bid of wealthy businessman Blair Hull in Illinois. Hull was beaten in that contest by a state senator named Barack Obama. Prior to that, Henry was one of the lead advisers to Mark Warner in his 2001 gubernatorial bid.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2008; 8:09 PM ET
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