- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 10, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has replaced campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle, naming longtime aide Maggie Williams to the top job.

Solis Doyle announced the shift in an e-mail to the staff on today.

“I have been proud to manage this campaign and prouder still to call Hillary my friend for more than 16 years,” Solis Doyle wrote. “Maggie is a remarkable person and I am confident that she will do a fabulous job.”

The move comes a day after rival Barack Obama swept contests in Washington state, Nebraska, Louisiana.

Solis Doyle said she will serve as a senior adviser to Clinton and the campaign, and travel with Clinton from time to time.

Williams will begin assuming the duties of campaign manager this week. In a statement, Clinton praised Solis Doyle and said she looked forward to her continued advice in the coming months.

“Patti Solis Doyle has done an extraordinary job in getting us to this point — within reach of the nomination — and I am enormously grateful for her friendship and her outstanding work,” Clinton said. “And, as Patti has said, this already has been the longest presidential campaign in history and one that has required enormous sacrifices of everyone and our families.

“I look forward to her continued advice in the months ahead,” Clinton added. Williams, a longtime Clinton confidante, joined the campaign after the New York senator’s loss in the Iowa caucuses last month, when she brought aboard a new group of advisers.

“Patti and I have worked with Maggie Williams for more than a decade,” Clinton said in the statement. “I am lucky to have Maggie on board and I know she will lead our campaign with great skill towards the nomination.”


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