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Patti Solis Doyle was Clinton’s Campaign Manager who Happened to be Latina

LatinaLista — The early buzz from some in the mainstream media today is what significance does the replacement of Clinton’s campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, with longtime aide Maggie Williams, have for the Latino community?

Patti Solis Doyle – former Clinton campaign manager
Well, though, yes, Maggie Williams is African American and she is replacing the top Latina in the campaign hierarchy it means absolutely nada for the Latino community.

Maggie Williams — new Clinton campaign manager

Before another attempt is made to try and create a black/brown divide by some political pundits, it is clear that this is one of those cases where ethnicity must take a backseat to the real reason — campaigning on a national scale with such high stakes was not Solis Doyle’s forte.


News report accounts say that the decision to replace Solis Doyle was finalized over the weekend, while Clinton was losing to Obama, but that the decision had been made much earlier though never officially put into action.
It’s in place now and though it’s unfortunate for Solis Doyle, it obviously has little to do with pitting a Latina against an African American.
The campaign shake-up has everything to do with looking beyond skin color to the attributes and skills of who is the better candidate to help Clinton achieve her next round of goals. In fact, additional reports say that Solis Doyle will even be kept on board as an advisor.
Is Clinton playing favorities?
Nah, it’s business. It’s clear both women will still have Clinton’s earEveryone understands that — except the people who find sport out of creating tensions where none exist.

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    Hugo Chavez
    February 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Get a life!
    What makes Williams more qualified? Especially at this point??
    No respectable Texan will vote for Hillary Clinton. all enchilada aside.
    Now that Billary locked in CA, theyre, BILLARY, are back at it.
    Power hungry cowards that wouldnt admit to inhaling or getting a mamada!

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    Jax
    February 11, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Here’s your answer:
    Hillary is in deep trouble. Williams has been a trusted advisor for many years. Don’t read anything other than that into this.
    I’m a lifelong Democrat and voted for Bill Clinton twice. Having said that, I sincerely believe that a Hillary Presidency would evolve into a co-Presidency with Bill wandering the White House causing problems for everyone. We need to end this stranglehold that two families have held on the the leadership of this country since 1992. We can and we must do better. If Obama wins the opportunity to run on the Democratic ticket I’ll vote for him. If Hillary wins I’ll vote for John McCain although John is something of a hothead who listens to noone. Obama is a good listener with the skill to bring people tgether..
    By the way, Obama is on a roll and belive me, there is nothing harder to stop than a trend.

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    EYES OF TEXAS
    February 12, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Obama is on a roll and that will insure another Republican President in one John McCain. Like it or not, once a voter enters that voting booth, they will vote for experience over someone that was unheard of 1-1/2 years ago. Obama is a media built dupe that was supposed to be beat by Hillary, but it has backfired on her. Now that it comes down to Obama and McCain, the majority of the voters will go Republican.

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    Texas proud
    February 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Not so fast Eyes of Texas, I hear lot of Republicans say that McCain is not their choice and they would rather not vote then put him in office. So don’t put him in the Oval Office just yet.
    You may have never heard of Obama but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know what he is doing. Bush had a lot of “experience” and look what that got us.
    Obama is for real and he is putting up a great fight. I believe that if he is on the ballot he will be the next President of the United States.

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    Jax
    February 12, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I think Texas Proud is on target. If Obama is the nominee he will win. Thew perception of John McCain will be that at 71 (Hell, I’m 76!) he is too old. People under 30 will elect Obama. Please understand that I like McCain. He and my brother flew jets in Nam together. He was shot down and made a prisoner my brother did not survive. In 2000 McCain, when in Viginia, went to Newport News to say hello to my sister-in-law. He’s obviously a good man!!! Having said that, I don’t believe he could beat Obama.

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    Frank
    February 12, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Obama is gaining voters simply out of charisma and IMO empty promises of change. He is gaining the minority vote because he is a minority and making them promises he won’t be able to keep. He appeals to younger voters barely wet behind their ears too because he is youthful looking.
    Now before the resident etnocentrics jump all over me and say I am a racist and just don’t want a minority president, they would be wrong. I could get behind someone like Colin Powell if he were running. He has much better credentials IMO.

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    Ageorge
    February 13, 2008 at 5:53 am

    This is a very intelligent discussion. I just wanted to add, if a white person votes for a white person does that mean the only reason they are voting for them is because they are white? Blacks vote for Obama not b/c they are most inclined to favor him b/c he’s black but b/c they are least inclined to oppose him or have a problem with him b/c of his race. How about he really is the best candidate? Rather than dismiss him as being only about charisma (which is not true) go to Youtube and listen to one of his speeches for yourself. Dont decide on a soundbite from the news – decide based on the facts.

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    Frank
    February 13, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Ageorge, I don’t like Obama’s views on some of the issues and I think he is too inexperienced to be president. Just my opinion.

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    Toni
    February 13, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I would think Clinton’s actions against Ms. Doyle is proof enough of how the Clinton’s USE people. You forget that the Clinton’s are professional liars, cheaters and users. And the Latino’s in Texas had better open their eyes and smell the coffee when they go to the polls. As a Latino I wouldn’t give the Clinton’s a glass of water if they were in the desert. God forgive me, but these are not nice people. Spread the word, Latino’s cannot be USED!!!

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    Frank
    February 14, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Why do some of the Hispanics in here automatically assume that Clinton fired the Latina because of her race? She hired her in the first place didn’t she? Is everything a race issue in here?

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    Toni
    February 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Frank, you must be living under a rock to even make a statement like that. If you enjoy being USED then you vote for Clinton. But there are some of us who can read between the lines and know when we are being USED. You obviously don’t know the history of the Clinton’s and how people are thrown aside once their usefulness has ended. Give me a break

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    Frank
    February 14, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Where is your proof that this Latina was used? You just assume that based on absolutely nothing other than your ethnocentric assumptions.
    If Hillary has fired others (non-Latinos ?) after they were no longer needed it is no different than a company or an employer would do. It’s business! What gets me is that in this instance the race card is rearing it’s ugly head again.

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    Toni
    February 15, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I see I’m talking to an uneducated, uninformed Clinton “wanabe” BOY. Good luck in dream land. At least some Latinas prefer not to be used by the Clinton’s – but it looks like the boys don’t mind…..What a shame.

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    Frank
    February 16, 2008 at 8:15 am

    People are hired and fired all the time. It is just a fact of life. Businesses change and whereby an employee was needed at one point, someone else can come along and bring new ideas to the table, personalities start to clash and sometimes it is about disagreeing on pay raises. There are numerous reasons that an employee can be fired. They were paid for their services at the time of their employment so how can they say they had been used?

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    Frank
    February 16, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Another point to make is that sometimes an employee’s job performance is no longer up to the standards that the employer expects from them. Rarely is racism involved or they wouldn’t have hired them in the first place.

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    Frank
    February 16, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Hillary still has the state of Texas to win and has a high percentage of Hispanics living in it. If she were just using this Latina to get the Hispanic vote, why would she fire her before the Texas primaries?

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    Toni
    February 16, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I see your point, but if I didn’t understand the history behind the Clinton’s I would accept your answer, but when I see how quickly Hillary changes her nationality to fit that part of the country she is in – only confirms my feelings. I read an article that said most young Latinos will be voting for Obama, what a refreshing idea to know that our young Hispanics are using their God given inteligents.

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    Frank
    February 17, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Young voters don’t vote with intelligence for the most part. That is why I think we need to raise the voting age again. The exception would be if one is in the military. Most young voters are too immature to know what is best for this country. Most haven’t even studied the issues nor the candidates. They are only voting for the latest “rock star” as in Obama. They are just swayed by emotion rather than common sense.

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    Frank
    February 17, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Another point to make is I assume what you mean by Hillary “changing nationality” by wherever she is in the country, is just pandering. All of our politiicans do it. By the way, our nationaltiy is American. You must have meant ethnicity rather than nationality. Your terminology is incorrect.

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