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. william

    As all campaign strategists do, Mark Penn speaks for his boss. As far as I’m concerned, anything that comes out of his mouth might comes out of Clinton’s mouth.

    She could have hired somebody else, but she chose him…a reflection of her character

    April 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Gerry (AUSTRIA)

    Since the chief strategist of Hillary has resigned, it then means there is no other strategy left for Hillary for this election. Hillary please stop wearing us down and do the right thing and just like your chief strategist, provide polling and advice to the democratic party and campaign of Obama

    April 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Linda Garrity

    Between his dealings with Colombia and his firm's representation of the CEO of Blackwater, whose contract was amazingly renewed in Iraq, it was definitely time for Penn to go. Hasta la vista Baby!

    April 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. cathy

    problem is she owes him money too.Add that to her huge unpaid bill pile.

    April 6, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. jfz

    Our primary is coming up in June - Maybe we'll save ink by not having Hillary on the ballot.

    April 6, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Peter

    Penn will be by Clinton’s side in the White House for the next 4-8 years. Does anyone really think that’s a good idea?
    He’s run a terrible campaign built on cheap cynicism, and the fact that Hillary can’t function without him tells you all you need to know about her judgement/integrity.

    April 6, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Sheila

    Still advising the campaign after he steps down from the campaign? What kind of doublespeak is that? LOL

    April 6, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Dem

    Maybe he'll restyle his hair!

    April 6, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. melikeyhill

    hillary should take her own advice and please drop out so we can focus on mccain, the problem is not penn, its her!

    April 6, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Ardnuas

    He's still working on this campaign.....these are the TYPES of people who are supporting the Clintons and giving them money!!!
    Voters..............don't be fooled by the Clintons!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Cory, PA

    This proves that Hillary DOES NOT have any leadership skills.

    April 6, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Pete

    Good, because apparently he hasn't been doing a good job.

    April 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Dem

    Hillary should follow his lead!

    April 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. Brain

    Karl Rove is the chief strategist of Hillary Clinton campaign. Karl Rove looking to go back to the white house. Enough!

    April 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Juice

    tick tick tick...

    April 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. gman

    So PA when are you going to put aside your fear of change and vote for the future. If not for you…then your children. Time and time again, Clinton has demonstrated she's not ready to lead this country. Just think about one thing: How has she managed the single most important thing in her life…her campaign tobe President of the United States of America. From the mismanagement of funds (excessive spending and not paying bills), poor judgement in advisers (Penn), her misspeak on subjects (Bosnia and young lady dying), to saying two different things on important issues that effect our everyday lives (the vote to go to war without reading the proposed bill). Now just stop and ask yourself, is this how she will run the country? If you don't think it's representative, then by all means vote for her 22 Apr. But if you say "I'm not sure"…then you need to consider now may be the time for change. Rememebr she said this was a job interview…and knowing what you know now…would you hire her? If so, then that's fine, but if not, let's move on and vote for change.

    April 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Gary in Toronto

    Well so long as Clinton donors get to keep paying Penn and his cronies millions for polling I guess we don't need to shed any tears for them.

    I mean who hires Burson Marsteller – PR firm of choice for dictatorships – It's jaw dropping.

    April 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Clinton now Obama

    HE IS STILL WORKING ON THE CAMPAIGN, WAKE UP PEOPLE.
    CLINTON AND HER NAFTA LIES ARE COMING HOME TO ROOST.

    April 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. jimmy

    good riddance.

    April 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. Mike

    Talk of calculated moves!

    April 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. NickSanDiego

    You Clinton bots are FUNNY. These comments that make this such GREAT thing that will put Hillary in the White house are laughable. She gets BUSTED Tricking the people of Ohio and Texas to win Primary and Now shes BUSTED Lying about yet another story she has based her image on and you people STILL think every negative is just another reason why she is soo great?

    There are more pennies in a pound than IQ points amongst all of you put together.

    April 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Terry

    I fear and predict the worst things to happen and we are looking foward to a train wreck!

    April 6, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. MurphyMorseJohnson

    The Mark Penn/Colombian episode is just another example of the Clintons’ lack of control and experience.

    May we wean ourselves once and for all of the Bush-Clinton dynasty.

    April 6, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This little "step aside" show of Mark Penn in the Clinton campaign sounds a little shady. Penn and the Clinton's are probably deeper than what we know.

    April 6, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. New-Yorker

    HRS is a weak candidate. She is untruthful, unable to acquire a competent managers and overly relying on Bill.

    If her last name was not Clinton , she would of been done long ago!!!

    April 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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