Clinton Deputy Campaign Manager Steps Down

By Lee Speigel

Feb 12, 2008 8:48pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: Clinton’s deputy campaign manager, Mike Henry, stepped down today. Henry is, of course, famous for the leaked memo he wrote suggesting that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., skip Iowa.

Henry was also loyal to former campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle. His departure follows hers by just two days.

Here is the e-mail he sent the staff today:

February 12, 2008

Hi everyone.

I just wanted to let you know about a decision I’ve made.

Yesterday, I made the decision to leave the campaign.  Out of respect for Maggie and her new leadership team, I thought it was the best thing to do.  As someone who has managed campaigns, I share the unique understanding of the challenges that the campaign will face over the next several weeks.  Our campaign needs to move quickly, to build a new leadership team, support them and their decisions, and make the necessary adjustments, to achieve the winning outcome for which we have all worked so hard for over a year now.   

I also want to thank everyone for the opportunity to work with each one of you, establish friendships, and I will always fondly remember the camaraderie that I have built with so many people on this staff.  You all are so talented, and it has been a pleasure to work with you.  You have made this journey so much fun and rewarding.  Thank you.

It has been an honor to work for Sen. Clinton on her presidential campaign.  I remain steadfast in my belief that Sen. Clinton is the most qualified and most prepared person to be the next president of the United States, and my support of her candidacy remains as strong as ever.

Good luck, and I hope to see you soon.

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