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Upheaval in Hillaryland: Patti Solis Doyle out, Johnny Chung-tainted Maggie Williams in; Obama completes his sweep in Maine

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 10, 2008 05:51 PM

It was just a little over a month ago that Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, open borders activist and Norman Hsu guest Patti Solis Doyle, was enjoying the spotlight and basking in glory. The self-styled “Latina Queena” was profiled in the Wall Street Journal as Hill’s soul sister and primary foe of the “white boys” in the Clinton camp.

Well, the Latina Queena’s politics of identity ain’t working so well for Hill. And now it’s so long, Solis Doyle. Who’s back in? Another moldy oldie from the Clinton closet: Maggie Williams. Here’s the statement at the Hillary website:

Patti Solis Doyle has done an extraordinary job in getting us to this point – within reach of the nomination – and I am enormously grateful for her friendship and her outstanding work. And, as Patti has said, this already has been the longest presidential campaign in history and one that has required enormous sacrifices of everyone and our families. I look forward to her continued advice in the months ahead. Patti and I have worked with Maggie Williams for more than a decade. I am lucky to have Maggie on board and I know she will lead our campaign with great skill towards the nomination.

If you can’t remember Maggie Williams, go here. She was knee-deep in the Johnny Chung scandal.

Flashback: March 17, 1997, Time mag:

Sometimes,” President Bill Clinton mused on Friday afternoon, “there is a difference between what is legal and what ought to be done.” And with that he offered a guided tour of Washington’s favorite hideaway–the fertile, foggy valley that lies somewhere between what is wrong and what is illegal. You don’t have to be a lawyer to get in, but it helps to think like one.

Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Maggie Williams, was spending the day there in March 1995, when California businessman Johnny Chung walked into her White House office one morning and handed her a check for $50,000. It was just “a rather unusual circumstance,” Clinton explained last week. She didn’t actually ask Chung for the money as the price of admission to sit in on the President’s radio address two days later. She wasn’t “receiving” contributions on federal property; she was just passing them along. And she certainly didn’t “solicit” them, which federal law forbids.

Or does it? Or did she? Chung’s lawyer, Brian Sun, told TIME that Chung had approached Williams’ aide Evan Ryan the day before, hoping to arrange a cozy lunch in the White House mess for some Chinese businessmen and a later meeting with the First Lady. Somehow the subject turned to Democratic Party needs. Ryan remarked that the President’s party had to cover the costs of political events held by the First Lady at the White House, although Ryan “does not recall” that conversation. So Chung came back the next day and handed Williams that “unsolicited” $50,000 check for the Democratic National Committee. According to Sun, Chung did so with the understanding that it would help him gain access for his guests, who indeed dined in the mess and had their pictures taken with Hillary the next day.

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Meantime, Barack Obama completes his weekend sweep with a big win in Maine.

Is The Big She going to push her already stretched luck and turn on the tears yet again?

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