Penn canned, sort of:
Sen. Hillary Clinton’s chief presidential campaign strategist is quitting his post amid criticism of his public relations firm’s contacts with the Colombian government over a pending free-trade deal, Clinton’s campaign announced.
Mark Penn will continue to advise Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Mark Penn and his political consulting firm will continue advise the New York senator’s Democratic presidential bid, but Penn will give up his job as chief strategist, campaign manager Maggie Williams said.
“After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as chief strategist of the Clinton campaign,” Williams said.
Penn is CEO of public relations giant Burston Marsteller and is president of Penn, Schoen and Berland, his political consulting firm.
Not sure why she can not simply break from him completely, but I am assuming if he was completely severed they would lose any and all polling data they need to run the campaign in the short term. If not, I don’t know why the hell she is keeping him around in any role.
As I write this, Doug Feith is asserting on 60 Minutes the War in Iraq was the right thing to do, even after everything we have learned.
It turns out that Mark Penn is a uniter, and not a divider, because BTD and I agree on something.