Mark Penn has been pushed out as chief strategist of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign after his work on a Colombian free-trade agreement that Clinton opposes, sources tell ABC News.
Sources said that the Clintons were angry to learn about Penn’s work, especially because they had been told that Penn had recused himself from controversial clients and would restrict his private work
Though Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams said, “After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as chief strategist of the Clinton campaign,” sources told ABC News Penn was pushed.
Maybe not so much:
This announcement aims to reduce Penn’s visibility, but obviously he will continue his high-paying job providing “polling and advice” to Sen. Clinton. Tweaking titles does nothing to address the serious questions about Penn’s potential conflicts of interest, which The Nation’s Ari Berman began reporting as far back as last May.
So, essentially, they stripped him of his title, reduced his visibility, but he gets to keep the fat paychecks, even after Colombia fired him.
Eh, so nothing really changed.