Hillary Clinton replaces her jefa—the first Latina Democratic campaign manager
Feb. 10, 2008: After a weekend of primary/caucus defeats to challenger Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has fired her campaign manager, Patti Solís Doyle.
Obama easily defeated Clinton in the states of Washington, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Maine, and the Virgin Islands, with additional victories anticipated on Feb. 12 in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
Solís Doyle, 42, is the youngest child of six siblings. Her parents, Santiago and Alejandrina Solís, were originally immigrants from Monterrey, México; she grew up in the Chicago area where she attended Northwestern University. Her oldest brother, Daniel Solís, is Chicago alderman for the 25th ward [www.dannysolis.org].
Solís Doyle entered politics working on Richard M. Daley’s campaign for Mayor of Chicago. Later she went with David Wilhelm (Bill Clinton’s campaign manager) from Chicago to Little Rock, where she became Hillary Clinton’s assistant. She is executive director of HillPac and ran Clinton’s campaign for the United States Senate election in New York, 2000.
She was replaced by Maggie Williams.