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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Earlier: Rendell criticizes Penn, hints he should be fired

Related: Penn calls trade meeting 'error in judgment'

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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. fke: alabama

    Let people vote. How would you like to be a voter with an opinion and a bunch of folks who have already voted deciding to chose for you? This is too close. Finish it. Otherwise everyone will be mad forever. It's a process and let's work through it.

    April 6, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. MP

    Can Hillary lead Millions?

    Can Hillary lead the free world?

    Can Hillary manage her own campaign?

    April 6, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Paul

    so he resigned, but he still works for her – makes perfect sense

    April 6, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Marie-Lynn

    Time to go Hillary. step down now please, you are making a fool of yourself...

    April 6, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Dan

    Either he is fired of his actions or still working for the campaign with no action taken. No both ways!

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

    I wonder how long it is going to take for the truth to come out on this one which I suspect will be that Hillary actually supports the trade agreement but didn't want to tick off her supporters. "You go girl" as the supporters of liars like to chant.

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

    This doesn't answer the questions: 1.) Did the Colombians think that Mark Penn was speaking for Hillary.? 2.) Did Mark Penn think he was speaking for Hillary? 3.) Did Hillary think Mark Penn was speaking for Hillary?

    April 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. J T

    hillarys crave for power is her downfall, she aint even paying attention to the people in her campaign, there falling like flies, but that wont even stop her from ending her campaign for power

    April 6, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Lifelong Democrat

    That is just the right way of saying that he got fired!!!

    Good move Hillary... cant trust that guy.

    Lifelong democrat voting Clinton/ McCain '08

    April 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. vicky

    When will American people wake up and say enough! I don't want to be fooled any further. I can only be patient and fooled to some extent!

    April 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. State of Pennsylvania

    Hilliary is a liar, and her campaign is supported by liars,....Bill, Chelsy, etc.

    April 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. What a waste of money

    He's still going to be providing the same services. What did he give up? A title? That means he gave up nothing. He's still going to get all the money from those poor Hillary supporters who keep getting taken in.

    April 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. Helen


    Go Hillary – Good Luck

    April 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. Bertha

    Seems we are going to punish Obama of Clean campaign and obeying the rules of the game!

    April 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. mike

    Ready on day one – to do what?? Hire the wrong people? Clinton supporters need a reality check.

    April 6, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. wag, Maine

    Who excatly is Obama with anyway? It's crazy, we know too much about Hillary and not nearly enough about O!

    April 6, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. Becky Montgomery

    Let's remember who we are dealing with here. Remember the different definitions of the word "is?" It is entirely possible that he "is" stepping down officially, but "is" still working unofficially.

    April 6, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. Jermaine

    The campaign didn't fire him, he step down, however they will still be paying $7.5 million of donar money into his coffers. She didn't have the guts to fire him, he does have the dirt on her. What good is it to step down when he will still provide polling data and other campaign idea's? This is a move done out of desperation to look as if they took the high road, but they didn't. Hillary is once again correct, "words matter", and her chicken are comming home to rooste. I always learned from my parents before you speak ill of anyone ensure you double check your closet, Hillary should triple check her closets, because they are full of skeletons!

    Hillary predicts more twist and turns, maybe she should just come clean instead of making us live out her DRAMA!

    April 6, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. kelly WI

    I wonder what kind of staff and cabinet people she would hire.

    April 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Paul from Texas

    Hillary has lost an advisor for pulling a dumb move. Obama has had two advisors pull dumb stunts. If you are going to criticize her for that then you should criticize him also. But thats right Obama can do no wrong. Get real. All campaigns have rotten apples. If you get rid of them then this will help.

    Let's get back to the issues.

    Hillary 08

    April 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. lois

    Good for Hillary. She gets rid of someone when they are wrong. Not like some people we know.

    April 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. Helen, GA

    Hillary is a liar and Obama is a double liar. Let us get rid of them..Just go away... You have no credibility to become President of our great nation...

    April 6, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. kent

    Be glad that you got out while the getting is good.

    April 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. Annamica, OH

    Oh wow, I'm so glad. This man has been creating problems for the campaign for so long now. Thank god Hillary!!!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. ATF

    I think he quit to recoup the columbia account for his company. He is not stupid! Hillary is a goner, atleast save his business..

    April 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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