April 6th, 2008
06:35 PM ET
10 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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  1. Scott

    good decision........


    April 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. John, PA

    Clearly most of you can't read very well. He was not fired and would not have been fired. In fact, he is still on the campaign, goodness people, where were you all during context clue day in English.

    April 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Susan / PA

    Hey Jack and anyone else,
    Penn asked to leave, Hillary didnt fire him.( although, some unions in PA demanded it of her on Friday)...He also will still stay on in a polling and advice capacity...So Hillary isnt out of the deep dark woods yet!

    Oh..does anyone mind that the 10,000$ charity donation quoted on the Clintons taxes went to their foundation?? I DO


    April 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Ken

    Maggie William should step aside too. She was involved with mortgage corruptions and had earned millions. Why is this not an issue?

    April 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. rockybalboa

    Rocky never lied...

    April 6, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. lettie

    let's see – so he resigned, but he still works for her – makes perfect sense in the clinton world

    April 6, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. michael,NY

    This guy made the smartest move. He knows that the campain does not have any chance. So, he faked an "error in jugement" and got himself fired.

    When all this is said and done, he will be able to say that he was not on Hillary's campain when it fialed.

    April 6, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Kozicka

    Does not Hillary still owe Penn a few millions for his service as a campaign manager?

    April 6, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. facingreality

    Isn't it amazing that the supporters of Hillary – even when confronted with the truth – can not handle the truth. THE ARTICLE EXPLICITLY STATES – HE ASKED TO STEP DOWN BUT WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE POLLING DATA. DOUBLE SPEAK AT ITS BEST. He is NOT FIRED! DUH


    April 6, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. John, PA

    It says Mark Penn HAS ASKED to give up his role, not that he WAS ASKED. Goodness, I feel sorry you were Clinton supporters and your lack of ability to read. On another note, I guess I should start rallying my support around the presumptive nominee.

    April 6, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. tell the truth

    She did not fire him. He quit and still will give advise. People please read and think be you act. I know somepeole people are easy mislead but they should read and understand the facts. if you do this Obama would be getting your vote. He appears to be telling the truth I know you guys would say he has doing nothing but he has showed better judgment then Clintion and McCain. I could go on but you guys should do the research yourself and if you vote on facts Obama would get your vote.

    Vote Obama not only for you but other to.

    April 6, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Ex-Hillary supporter

    He should never have been appointed to that position, it is just another example of how unethical the Clinton campaign is. I will be duped no longer, she can "misspeak" as much as she wants.
    She has lost my vote for good, Jesse Ventura is coming across as a more attractive option for Pete's sake.

    April 6, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. awaken

    “ 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

    Oh, how about inspiring and bringing in millions of new people into the process. Millions more that are now really paying attention to what our government is doing. Even if Obama doesn't win the nomination or the election he has already done more for this country than any other politician out there: He's show people that they can make a difference and that they can participate and that they can work for change.
    All those people he's inspired so far. Gee, I wonder what he could do from the Oval Office when he's on a global instead of national platform.

    April 6, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. NickNas

    Mike Reimer April 6th, 2008 6:50 pm ET

    As with all people move on, the issue the Clinton's s/b noting is that if the Democrats had a winner take all primary, Hillary would be ahead in deligates

    YEAH and If my Grandma had WHEELS she'd be a WAGON!!! You people are REALLY SCAREY. It is comments like this that bolster the IQ and Educational division in this race. We know who the people who actually know what they are talking about are voteing for.


    April 6, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Jake, California

    re: maya,

    its people like you that keep making others to havoc hatred for Hillary.

    This is Hillary's own problem, Obama did nothing about it. Why do you attack him now?

    He is definitely NOT a media creation. This man is really talented to the point that he invites everyone on his side so if the media falls for him because he is good, he should be given the credit.

    I heard you people scream on here about how the media should vet him with the Rev Wright, Rezko and Muslim, and Not wearing the Flag pin and all sorts of issues. The media did go after him and cost him a few elections but in the end he has recovered nicely.....Hillary can't do the same because she doesn't have what it takes.

    He is not a media creation, he is not affirmation action...Jesse Jackson and AL Sharpton etc would have been. Ask what does Obama have different than all these people including Hillary and you'll see why he's doing so well.

    April 6, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Donald from SC

    I don't believe it took this long for him to step down. This is a good move for the Clinton campaign as to shore-up the damage done by Penn. I am NOT a Clinton supporter, but this was one lamebrain thing to do.

    April 6, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Salin

    Penn resigns but still be advising. what he will be advising ?? That your husband, Your chief strategist, and even You support NAFTA .
    Isn't that hilarious, hillary ???

    April 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. VA


    April 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Lisa, AR

    Sounds to me as if he's still employed @ Camp Clinton.

    Wow, Charma is a bi@#ch!!!!!!

    April 6, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    This even makes me more convinced that OBAMA will be the nominee LOL!
    -The Belief of Change and Honest is back-

    April 6, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. North Carolina

    I'm glad Sen. Clinton decided to drop Penn as chief advisor: he certainly had a conflict of interest. Also, the company is not really Penn, Schoen, and Berland, as Schoen and Berland were bought out and Penn sold the company to PR giant Burson-Marsteller of which he is also CEO. Nevertheless, Penn has a long and excellent record of working as a pollster for both Clintons and the democratic party. Despite what O-bots claim, Sen. Clinton's opposition to the Columbian Free Trade bill is credible: in 2005 she voted against CAFTA.

    April 6, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. Obama 08 from Hillside NJ

    she is a liar, will do anything to get elected even throwing her own people under the bus (although I would have done it a long time ago) Pretty funny actually...she made an earlier critique on Obama about his desk being unorganized and it appears that he is better organized, prepared and will be ready on DAY 1. Stay in it Hillary...i enjoy seeing you lose the remainder of your dignity and self respect. You're going down and the Red Face adulterer is going down with you. Go on a vacation...you sure have the money!!

    April 6, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Hillary sure can pick them...... she is a LOSER.... QUIT NOW!

    April 6, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. jo

    Not soon enough, and too little too late.

    Hillary is a cooked goose.

    OBAMA 08!

    April 6, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Hispanics now for Obama

    So let me get this straight. It's been about a week since this happened, and Columbia fired Penn before Hillary. And also, he won't have the same title, but he still an adviser to her campaign? Wow, am I the only one who finds this a bad move on Hill's behalf?

    April 6, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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