Clinton, Fundraisers To Meet With Obama

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

AN INTRODUCTION

Clinton, Fundraisers To Meet With Obama

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has scheduled her first appearance with Sen. Barack Obama since the end of the Democratic nomination fight, a joint meeting with some of her top contributors next week at the Mayflower Hotel, officials from both camps confirmed yesterday.

Clinton h as not appeared in public since endorsing her rival on June 7, going on vacation after that. But her finance director, Jonathan Mantz, has reportedly been working overtime to arrange the introduction of some of Clinton's fundraisers to Obama.

Mantz informed donors about the June 26 get-together in e-mails and urged them to attend.

-- Anne E. Kornblut

EX-CLINTON ADVISER

Obama Praises New Addition to Team

A day after hiring Patti Solis Doyle, who was fired from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign in February, Sen. Barack Obama praised her as a "terrific, experienced campaign hand."

Obama sparked fury from some Clinton insiders when he tapped Solis Doyle to serve as chief of staff to his as-yet-unpicked running mate. Her selection strongly suggests that Obama is not considering Clinton for the ticket, a move that one Clinton donor on Monday called a "slap in the face."

Talking to reporters on his plane, Obama said he has known Solis Doyle for years and organized with her brother in Chicago. "I've known the family for a very long time," Obama said. "I think that she will bring not only a set of skills that we're going to need as we put together our ticket, but she's going to be a terrific adviser and offer insight and judgment that will help us win in November."


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