The speculation is rampant on Patti Solis Doyle joining the Obama. I’m not so interested in the gossipy b.s. that claims the move was a big f.u to Hillary Clinton. I don’t buy it frankly. That said, The Swamp notes that Solis Doyle and David Axelrod go way back:
David Axelrod, Obama’s top strategist, said he has talked to Solis Doyle throughout the campaign, as he has with Clinton’s communications director Howard Wolfson. She is a Chicago native and sister of Ald. Danny Solis (25th).
“She’s been great friend of mine for 20 years,” Axelrod said. “I talked to her throughout the campaign, as I have with Howard and others. She said she would be happy to help if we are the nominee, and I said that would be great. Period. End of non-story.”
And the Clinton camp released a statement:
“Patti will be an asset and good addition to the Obama campaign. After nearly two decades in political life, she brings with her the ability to tap an extensive network that will be a huge asset to Senator Obama. As Senator Clinton has said, we’re all going to do our part to help elect Senator Obama as the next President of the United States,” said spokesman Mo Elleithee.
People who work in the campaign business and sign on to work campaigns are a bit like mercenaries. They may have connections to the candidates, but it’s also a job and as I mentioned in my last post on this, it’s common for staffers from folding campaigns to sign on with the nominee in a presidential election. It takes a lot of staffers to run a campaign. We’ll probably see a few more from Clinton’s camp end up with Obama.
The bottom line is we’ve got an election to win. Everyone’s going to do their part.