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Mark Penn dumped as chief strategist by Clinton campaign.

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WASHINGTON--Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams announced Sunday that Mark Penn was cut from his role as chief strategist of the campaign, with the decision to move out one of Clinton's most controversial advisors coming after he met with Columbia’s ambassador to the U.S. talk about a bi-lateral trade agreement.

Clinton has been against the Columbia trade deal; the Wall Street Journal broke the story of the Penn meeting, which he did wearing his hat as chief executive of Burson-Marstellar Worldwide. Penn has a long history advising Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It turned out that Penn’s firm had a $300,000, one-year contract with the Colombian Embassy since March, 2007. Columbia fired Penn after the WSJ story and on Sunday, Williams moved to limit Penn’s roll.

In a short announcement, Williams said his firm will continue to poll and advise the Clinton campaign. Pollster Geoff Garin and Howard Wolfson, the communications chief, “will coordinate the campaign's strategic message team going forward,” Williams said.

On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who is backing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) was asked by host Tim Russert if he thought the Clinton campaign should “fire Mark Penn?”

Rendell was hardly supportive of Penn.

“Well, there are a lot of issues in which you can raise that question, Tim. Yeah, I think you've got to make it very clear when you're someone who's a consultant who you're representing and who you're not representing. And I would hope that Mr. Penn, when he talked to the Colombians, made that clear. It doesn't sound that he--like he did, and that's something the campaign should take into question."

From the Clinton campaign:



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.

Geoff Garin and Howard Wolfson will coordinate the campaign's strategic message team going forward.

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Excellent. Now if Obama will only purge his campaign of the people who engaged in McCarthyistic tactics against Geraldine Ferraro--and release 30 years of tax records for he and Michelle, we'll have some parity.

IT WAS PAST TIME FOR MARK PENN TO GO. MAGGIE HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB SINCE TAKING OVER. HILLARY IS LOOKING VERY STRONG IN THE UP COMING PRIMARIES AND HAS INCREASED HER POPULARITY AMONG WHITE MALE VOTERS! GO HILLARY 2008!

ONE THING IS FOR SURE, WE WILL NEVER KNOW THE REAL STORY!
HILLARY IS DOING A LITTLE CYA, IF YOU GET MY MEANING!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR DEAR HILLARY, BUT BILL CAN GO OUT AND
MAKE MY SPEECHES FOR MONEY, AND SHE CAN WRITE MORE BOOKS!
GOTTA GO NOW, SNIPER FIRE OVERHEAD!

America is not for sale.
American cannot compete with Colombia.
NAFTA and China Trade deals have proven that fact.
The Clintons have made a lot of money doing business with foreign countries and business persons.
It’s like they set themselves up to make a lot of money while they were still in the White House.
Ask yourselves why is Bill Clinton being paid millions of dollars for giving speeches overseas?
What could a person say that is worth millions of dollars?
Are people buying favors?
We must ask ourselves one simple question.
Can we trust the Clintons?
I am an Obama supporter but I am prepared to vote for McCain.
How say you?

I just want to know if Mr Obamas wife really said that she is ashamed of being american.

"Mark, and Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign."

So how does this change anything? They're still active lobbyist. And in reality, I'm sure his work won't change one bit. He'll just lose the title associated with the campaign.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has made the cornerstone of her campaign for the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination the fact that she would be prepared to be an effective President from Day One. I believe that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. In this case, I think one has to examine the way the candidate runs his/her campaign. So let's look at Ms. Prepared To Be President. Her campaign has left a string of unpaid bills all throughout the country, even stiffing her old high school. She has fired her campaign manager and now her chief strategist. She has been caught in a string of untruths that conjure up memories of her husband's insisting that he did not have sexual relations with that woman, or tap dancing about what the meaning of is is. Her strategy for winning the nomination was predicated on the assumption that everything would be over the day after Super Tuesday. From beginning to end, her campaign has been out-organized, out-strategized, and just plain out-performed. And yet she insists that she is prepared to be President of the United States from Day One. She may indeed be prepared to be president one day, but not President of the United States, perhaps president of her local chapter of the SPCA!

Let's not turn this into another Rev. Wright distraction. Where are the Barack and Michelle Obama and Michelle Robinson 30 years of tax returns or must we wait for that too until he's the only Democratic candidate standing? When will MIchigan be allowed to revote? When will the Obamas stop the sexist approach to their campaign? I like the Tennessee Guerrilla Women post where Geraldine takes on the Rhode comments at what apparently was an Obama fund-raiser.
http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2008/04/geraldine-ferraro-responds-to-randi.html

It is a disservice for the Media to claim that Mark Penn has been FIRED or has stepped down or that he will not be affiliated with the campaign. This is contradicted in Maggie Williams' statement which says "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. " From the following statement it is accurate for the Media to say he has been DEMOTED! Although many in the Media are trying to insinuate that he has been fired or has stepped down, this is a FABRICATION and Media has a right to inform Truth and not falsifications.

'"The president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, James Hoffa, said through an aide tonight that the change is of little significance, since Mr. Penn will continue to advise and poll for Mrs. Clinton's presidential bid. "Demotion doesn't answer General President Hoffa's concerns. Mark Penn is still on her payroll and Burson-Marsteller's payroll," a spokeswoman for Mr. Hoffa, Leigh Strope, said. "Title demotion doesn't indicate loss of influence."' "In a statement on Friday, Mr. Hoffa called for Mr. Penn's ouster. "Someone like Mark Penn should not be dictating strategy, and possibly legislation, for a Democratic candidate for president," the Teamster leader said."

Anyone with any Political smarts and savvy, should know that the Clintons are not REALLY getting rid of Penn and that this is just a smoke screen -- he is far too valuable to them and knows WAY too much for them to push him under the bus. He will still be pulling the strings behind that Wizard of Oz Curtin, as they say,polling and advising! This is just more double talk, double speak, misstate, misspeak and misspoke moment. Mark Penn should step down for Real!

Bush was reelected. RE-elected! Are you ashamed of being an American?

Angellight, I will vote for Mr. Obama if he in fact ends up at the top of the ticket.
But, read what I've found elsewhere before you continue bashing the Clintons. This link shows why the Obama campaign is seemingly playing the role of spoiler.
http://www.thecityedition.com/Pages/Archive/Winter08/2008
Election.html
I do not understand why they are doing this! Barack would have been, and might still be a good candidate 8 years from now. But the foot in mouth disease and the over the top attacks from his supporters on these blog pages must stop.

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