Ex-Clinton campaign manager joins Obama camp

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{image-obama and hillary_18062008.jpg news.oneindia.in}London, June 18 : Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama has hired Hillary Clinton's 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 Obama's 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 Clinton's campaign manager during her senate runs in 2000 and 2006.

Until February of this year, she was Clinton's 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 Doyle's 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.


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