Patti Solis Doyle in Talks to Defect to Obama Camp?

Patti Solis Doyle
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Patti Solis Doyle, the former Clinton campaign chief who was ousted in February over charges of poor preparation and overspending, has talked informally with Obama top adviser David Axelrod about working for the Illinois senator in the general election, Politico.com reports. Though Axelrod and Doyle won't confirm that they've been in negotiations about a possibly position, they admit that they've talked and Doyle wants to help out. The two have known each other from Chicago before Doyle even started working with the Clintons.

This would be a huge defection for Doyle — despite her firing, she has been a loyal Hillary legwoman since 1991 when she came onboard as a scheduler. She even stayed onboard with the campaign as an adviser after her ouster this winter. It's general practice for campaign operatives to switch camps once a party nominee has been selected, but it's generally not people as high-placed as Doyle, and it generally does not come before a losing candidate has conceded. Howard Wolfson, for example, snapped when asked about possibly working for Obama in the future. "I intend to be working in the general election for Sen. Clinton," said Wolfson, writing our punch line for us. "I find any other speculation offensive."

Top Hillarylander mulls Obama job [Politico]