April 6th, 2008
06:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Penn resigns as chief strategist

 Mark Penn has resigned his post as chief strategist to the Clinton campaign.
Mark Penn has resigned his post as chief strategist to the Clinton campaign.

(CNN) - Mark Penn has given up his role as chief strategist for the Clinton campaign, it was announced Sunday.

"After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as Chief Strategist of the Clinton Campaign; Mark, and Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign," Clinton Campaign Manager Maggie Williams said in a statement.

Sources in the Clinton campaign tell CNN's Mike Roselli Penn realized over the weekend that he needed to step aside, and that Clinton was disappointed that he had met with the Colombians.

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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Peter Kavanagh

    Wow . The Clinton Campaign is imploding nicely now .
    If she can't run a primary campaign how can she run a government ?

    Once again the Clinton's show poor judgement in who they select to be around them .

    I guess she'll have to really negative now , here comes the kitchen sink .

    Obama 08 !!!
    YES WE CAN !!!

    April 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. D.W.; Miami, FL

    BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. To the moral high ground with you Mrs. Clinton and move swiftly!

    According to her campaign finances firing him should also save $7.5 Million dollars!!!

    April 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Jack

    YAHOOO!! WAY TO GO Hillary!! GREAT MOVE!!!

    Hillary's campaign is gonna bo back on top now!! You WATCH!!!

    April 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Kaywood Hopkins

    More double speak... "will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign," Clinton Campaign Manager Maggie Williams said in a statement.

    Sounds like they are still working for the campaign?!

    Do they think we can't read?

    April 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. CARL

    Excellent critique

    April 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Niko

    About time she fired him! I think the walls are starting to cave in on the Clinton campaign.

    April 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Vig

    Good. Now we will see if Hillary gets better advice then she has been given. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. maya

    Good – now we can focus on the CANDIDATES.

    “ I am still trying to…understand what he (Obama) has done for the country beyond his middle-of-the-road political moves to make his name known and to steer clear of hot-button issues. The Rev. Martin Luther King had a dream, too. But he acted on it. He went to jail, he marched, he led.” –Helen Thomas 4/6/08

    Obama is a weak packaged candidate and a media creation.

    April 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. eric barthel

    SHAME ON YOU HILLARY NOBODY BELIEVES ON YOU ANY MORE

    OBAMA CAASEY 2008

    April 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Scott

    lol finally, they probably went back to the hotel and had a drink or two

    April 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. DrCats

    I think I will act surprised...

    April 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Raum

    Wow. I mean wow. Wow.

    This is the best and the worst thing to happen to the Clinton campaign in a while.

    April 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. bob

    the clinton camp is slowly falling apart.

    April 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. get real

    Hmmmm....I'm sure he was doing what she asked him to do...

    Come on Hillary....you know you support NAFTA...its your husband's project....

    April 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. vee

    too late..damage is already done.

    April 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Realistic

    Some rats you have to throw off the sinking ship.

    Seriously, can anybody even remember a campaign that was so poorly staffed and run as Hillary's campaign? Is this the sort of cabinet that you want running our country, i.e., one that seriously messes up every few weeks and goes through convolution and personnel changes? Grief!

    I've never seen a campaign as full of idiots and fractured as Hillary's campaign has been, but then again their campaigns are a good reflection of the candidates and what they would be like in office. Hillary would be a big mess.

    April 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Seattle

    Wow, that's the third to resign or get removed from running her campaign. What does this say about her judgement when hiring staff, or more critically a cabinet if elected?

    April 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. April in Texas

    Penn needs to sever all ties with the campaign IMO. This just seems to mean he wont be paid by the campaign but I am sure he will still be paid weather its by favors and/or the Clintons.. Sorry I am not that stupid..

    Obama 08

    April 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. kab

    Failed adviser- Failed campaign- failed Presidency.

    McCain 2008

    April 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. jim

    ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN OF THIS IS THAT HILARY THE LIAR WILL BE CAMPAIGNING IN PENNSYLVANIA NEXT WEDNESDAY..
    SHE OUGHT TO BE BOOED RIGHT OUT OF PENNSYLVANIA'
    WHAT A DISGRACE TO THE PENNSYLVANIA BLUE COLLAR WORKERS.
    ONE BLATIENT LIE RIGHT AFTER THE OTHER.
    SHE IS NOT FIT TO BE IN ANY PUBLIC OFFICE....
    SHE SHOULD JUST GO WRITE ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT ALL THE THINGS SHE LIES ABOUT

    April 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Libertine, Fort Myers

    How many staff does this make?
    If Hillary for President was a business–she'd have a hard time finding executives with her turnover rate.

    April 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. v.ananthan

    GOOD...
    SHE IS THE BEST CANDIDATE...
    -Hillary 08.

    April 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. MarineBugler

    Interesting development, indeed.

    April 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Michael

    "and another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust."

    April 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. Max

    Well, he definitely hasn't been helping her campaign any time recently...

    April 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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