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. Anonymous

    Someone on Hillary's staff mis-speaks – Hillary is a Monster!
    Someone on Obama's staff mis-speaks – Not Obama's fault

    Wake up – Obama just uses his "mouthpiece" people better – very slick – and very weak

    April 6, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. Tn

    China love billary Free trade make clintons be come multi millioners

    April 6, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. Bob Richards, PA

    When all my friends at the office jumped to Hill's ship when the Rev. Wright thing came out, I stood by him. I said this man has character, he'll come through and now I'm so glad I did. Guess what, many of those who jumped ship are coming back...

    April 6, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. Tn

    White house becoming Inc for clintons big bussines screwing US jobs ,she want billioners

    April 6, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. Chuck in Oregon

    No he did not realize this on his own. The Clintons pushed for him to resign he would have never done this on his own. It would have been more effective had they came out and said they fired him followed a press release stating so. This makes it look like he left on his own accord and that the Clintons gave him the option. Truth be know , Penn made the Clinton's look stupid and ill informed as to what their people were doing more than once and this was the final straw. Now it recovery time and of course time for statements of deparation as Hillary did when she stated she should be give points for the time it takes her to get ready each day and how hard she works. No one cares what you look like, or how your hair is done, what we care about is what comes out of your mouth. Too much double speak for me is all I can say.

    April 6, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. John

    Now that the Clintons have released their Tax returns and CNN,MSNBC,FOX and other media outlets have the release on their desks!,being scrutinised,dissected and analysed. Good for the media to do that.It is now time for Obama to log in his time details in Chicago for as long as it takes.It is also appropriate that Obama's joint Tax returns be exposed and treated the same way they have handled the the Clinton's return.This is a fair request.Let Mr.Tim Russet give us the details-I think is more objective compared to others.The sooner the better,for this split Nation(politically and others!)

    April 6, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Neutral

    That's one thing ANY Clinton supporters CAN be proud of Clinton Campaign, they have HONOR and INTEGRITY, Obama campaign is DEVOID of HONOR and INTEGRITY!

    April 6, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Richard

    OK. Penn has "resigned" sort of. Now it's time for Hillary to "resign" PERMANATELY!!!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. Anyone else...

    So his company is staying on to advice the campaign but he is gone. In other words he will still work on the campaign but behind closed doors.

    Clearly this has been one of the worst run campaigns. Clinton has lost a double digit lead overall to being behind nearly double digits. That's not running a good campaign. If that's evidence of being ready on day one, than we are in big trouble if she wins.

    April 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  10. Hillaty 08

    Do you Obama IDIOTS really think he is gonna win Ha HA HA!

    April 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. Tn

    clintons accounting GULLIBLE voter most they love lier and crooks

    April 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. marie

    she simply has no life...This IS not the leadership required to lead this country... and we're NOT STUDPID, he'll still be managing her campaing, only in the background and if she gets caught she'll say "i was so sleep deprived that i didnt even notice he was there".... sickening...très triste

    April 6, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. Impartial Jury

    I find it interesting that Hillary never fires anyone who is not cutting the mustard in her campaign, they all resign. Sounds like someone is too attached to her inner circle to make executive decisions. Kinda reminds me of Bush that the tough decisions effecting their cronies are always made by the crony and not the crown.

    April 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. aware

    Go Hillary! 🙂

    Obama is getting more brazen in his personal attacks and obfuscation every day! He really is one down and dirty, ego-driven, power-hungry, conflicted and racially lopsided guy! Divisiveness is now defining him. 😦

    April 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. ml

    each of them had in their campaign someone who crossed the line, the limit.

    April 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. mother too

    each of them had someone in their campaigns who crossed over the limit, the line.

    April 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Tom

    Just a shell game

    April 6, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Linda

    Stepped down, not fired. And still working on the campaign, just not as the chief strategist. Umm, what does Senator Clinton have to say. We haven't heard a word from her.

    Not a good way to run a campaign and presidency because that's what this is a precursor. Not good.

    Also, this is not about Obama. Solely Clinton and her camp.

    Notice how Obama has not attacked her with all the mishaps going on in her camp....bosnia, hosptial misinfo, and now Penn to name a few. He just speak about the issues. Think about that.

    April 6, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. kani

    hillary's tail is under her butt!!!


    April 6, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Gobama

    This is mark Penn's lucky day. He sold his soul to the Colombian governebt and the clinton campaign, and now he is off the hook on both counts.

    April 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. Bubba

    It's been boring for a day now. TIme for a cry or a lie ! Stick a fork in her...

    April 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. HRClinton 2008

    He was nothing but DEAD WEIGHT Anyway! good Riddance!


    HIllary 2008 or MCCAIN08

    April 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Wendy

    Did Obama "fire" his campaign aid for meeting with Canada re: the NAFTA issue?? No, didn't think so. More Obama people expecting the use of double standards again....

    April 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. Mike

    They did the right thing, letting Penn go. But it just shows how much Clinton's campaign has gotten out of control.

    That they would have used someone as chief strategist who had other conflicting interests like this is simply beyond me. I cannot believe that Clinton did not know of those conflicting interests, and what poor judgement to allow that to continue. Or if she did not know, then shame on her for not doing the appropriate checking.

    Either way, it shows still more dramatic evidence of her poor management of her campaign and her staff. And that speaks pretty poorly for her ability to manage other large, complex enterprises. A country's presidency, for example.

    April 6, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. F. Hunter

    Come on CNN, the bigger question is why is Clinton allowing active lobbiests to run her campaign. This is unbelievable. How about you start doing your jobs and start asking her just what the hell she's doing.

    April 6, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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