When Patti Solis Doyle stepped aside this weekend, I had a feeling that it wasn’t a good move for the Clinton campaign. Now how exactly this happened seems to be subject to different reports. I have read some articles suggesting that Solis Doyle had been “lying” to Senator Clinton about the campaign’s cash flow issues. In the seven years that Clinton had been representing NY in the senate, she had managed to raise $175 million dollars for her re-election and presidential bids. And somewhere after the New Hampshire primary, Senator Clinton learned that she was in a cash crunch. In response to this news, Senator Clinton pumped a $5 million loan into her campaign from her own sources without telling Patti Solis Doyle, her close friend/second daughter and then campaign manager. What a mess! Who would put a close friend in the dumps financially and then lie about it? I also think that Senator Clinton was kind of sneaky in her handling of this situation if these reports are in fact true, but this can be expected from entities firmly entrenched in a political machine system. She’s faces a serious challenge, and if she had already decided that Patti Solis Doyle was getting bumped, not telling her about the $5 million dollar loan confirmed her decision.
In addition to this rendition of the events, I have found some additional information that suggests that Solis Doyle and the current campaign manager, Maggie Williams were at odds with each other. For all of the hype of the black/brown divide, some have suggested that there was a microcosm of it in Team Clinton. Maggie Williams is an African-American. But I don’t see it this way. Solis Doyle could have been replaced with the blue man, and it still would have stung.
So what does this all mean? Well, you can read into it what you want, but Steve Ybarra, a Latino superdelegate in California, has sent out an e-mail suggesting that he now has “cause to pause” in casting a vote for Senator Clinton. I really think that for people who see loyalty in these terms, he has a good point, especially in light of the upcoming primary in Texas.
Maybe one of these days, Patti Solis Doyle will write a tell all book, and we’ll get her side of the story. I don’t think that I, as a Latina, need to feel overly sympathetic or somehow need to be in solidarity with her or the other Latinas on Team Clinton by supporting their boss or writing fluffy pieces that soften or humanize Hillary Clinton. I’m bothered that she didn’t show up to work in the Senate today to vote against immunity for telecommunications companies who face legal action over wiretapping. Why didn’t she want to fight for us today? Senator Obama found the time to show up. Maybe this is why…