April 6th, 2008
06:35 PM ET
7 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. VA

    JUST LIKE FERRARO...THEY ARE STILL THERE AND DO JUST AS MUCH AS ALWAYS...THEY THINK WE ARE REALLY STUPID!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    Well, more upset in the Clinton campaign, she can't seem to keep people. She changes people almost as much as Bush does. Shows me her management style is not very good and she can't seem to pick good people.

    April 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. Sean

    A year late.

    April 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. MiniMe

    About Time!!!

    April 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. faith

    Did someone hear Hillary say she will not quit and she is about to win this election, did you?

    Oh, yes, it happened to America before in 2000 and 2004 and about to happen again by any means and way ahead of the remaining elections. Ask Mark Penn and Clintons how.

    Who is the CEO of Diebold voting machine anyway?

    April 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Bill Samson

    Leave, yeah right, guy was fired for doing a terrible job!

    April 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Patricia in Iowa

    Too Bad, so sad. Hillary misspeaks, doesn't have the right people around her. Can anyone explain to me how she is ready on Day One? Please HRC supporters, really, tell me!

    April 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. sasha kando

    Hillary herself has said that there are and will be too many twists and turns. Darn right! Look at the overall picture: She's charging down a treacherous path and in the process is bringing, or trying to bring everyone and everything else in her path along with her!

    April 6, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Brown

    What about the 5 million Penn was paid?

    April 6, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. James

    FEW WORDS;

    I smell a rat ahead of the coming elections!

    April 6, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. nadeem

    How do you get fired, but continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign?

    Either fire him, let him quit or don't. This is typical Clinton double-speak.

    April 6, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Katy Hill Prescott, Az.

    Too little too late. She's a loser!

    April 6, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. PA Please STOP THIS MADNESS!!!!

    WOW!!!When it rains it pours.THIS LADY is SURROUNDED by BAD and WEALTHY people,there is NO WAY she will will fight for us regular people...WAKE UP PEOPLE stop believing all of the Clinton campaigns LIES!!!

    April 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. VA

    MAYA..I THINK YOU NEED TO DO SOME RESEARCH !!!!!!

    April 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Richard

    She's fired her campaign manager, and now her campaign strategist, her campaign finances are less than stellar. How can she still be making the case that she can run this nation? The Obama campaign hasn't had to fire any key members or change its political "persona" to remain strong in this election. I think I made my decision on who can best be prepared from day 1and who can pick the right people to surround him from day 1 without having to clean house so many times.

    April 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Kevin, PA

    Good!

    April 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Jack

    We're pulling for you Hillary!! WE'RE Right BEHIND YOU!!!

    Let the media pile on you... we'll jump to your rescue..... and don't forget, there's always 2012 (if Obama becomes the nominee, we'll vote McCain)

    April 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Ross in MD

    Too little too late Hillary.
    There are only 8 states left and you are behind a million votes.
    You won't catch up.
    Walk away with a little bit of dignity.

    April 6, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Erin

    Looks like he is still with the campaign – even though he "stepped down". I guess her thoughts on CFTA are the same as NAFTA. She talks out of both sides of her mouth. I cannot believe that she even has supporters.

    April 6, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. laurie

    Not exactly a resignation I would say....more like a "I'll work behind the scenes for you" Senator Clinton hasn't renounced or denounced. So I would expect more of the same from the campaign...all strategized by Mr. Penn.

    April 6, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. BVS Maine

    The long and winding road of corruption will eventually bring the Clinton's down.

    April 6, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. bill-in-la

    Hiring Mark Penn was the bigest mistake Sen. Clinton made in her entire campaign. Penn is leaving now, but his legacy is the shamble he has helped make of Clinton's campaign.

    April 6, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. Obama

    If she has to pay Penn the millions she owe him in back pay immediately, she'll go broke.

    April 6, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    FIRST: She did NOT FIRE him. Learn to read, he RESIGNED in disgrace because he realizes how bad a position he is in and how continuing will destroy his business (Colombia fired him already).

    SECOND: The Clingon camp said he will STILL be advising and providing polling info. UMMM... so did he quit or not????

    So Clinton did NOT take the "high road" or show any principles on this issue. She sat back and stayed quiet, afraid she would be caught in another "mis-spoke" moment (aka LIE) about NAFTA. The minute Clinton takes the high-ground is the minute she realizes she is the wrong person and quits.

    April 6, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. Cami

    It's 3:00AM in Colombia, and Colombian children are at home, safe in their beds. In President Álvaro Uribe Vélez's office, a phone is ringing. There's a crisis in the Clinton campaign . . . . . and Hillary is on the line. "Hello, President Vélez . . . . it appears that Mr. Penn WILL be available to meet with you on Wednesday as planned."

    April 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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