Staff Infighting Undercuts Clinton

Airing of dirty laundry calls managerial prowess into question
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2008 12:10 PM CDT
Former President Bill Clinton speaks Saturday, March 8, on behalf of his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful on the campaign trail. Critics have said Hillary Clinton has not exerted much control over...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton’s divided campaign staff may be hurting her chances at the polls, reports the New York Times. By permitting internal squabbles to go public and appearing uncertain, Clinton has provoked questions about her management ability. “She wasn’t as decisive as she should have been,” says an analyst. She's also been accused of valuing loyalty over expertise in hiring decisions.

Clinton recently replaced her campaign manager, after offending the incumbent and confusing her staff. Her inability to rein in her husband on the campaign trail has also rankled with aides who say he won’t follow their advice. But one senior adviser counsels caution: "She is, in fact, not the manager of her campaign," says Harold Ickes.