Mark Penn leaves top role in Clinton campaign

04/7/2008 | Washington Post, The · Wall Street Journal, The ·

Mark Penn, chief strategist for Sen. Hillary Clinton's, D-N.Y., presidential bid, has left his top role, although his polling firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, reportedly will continue its work for the campaign. It was revealed last week that Penn, who also is head of public-relations powerhouse Burson-Marsteller, was advising Colombia's U.S. ambassador about a possible free-trade pact that Clinton does not support. Joe Trippi, previously a political consultant to the presidential campaign of former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., said Penn's decision to work for Clinton while keeping his post at Burson-Marsteller was bound to lead to conflict, saying, "The only real question was, why did it not happen sooner?"

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