Monday, April 7, 2008

Say Goodbye to Mark Penn?

Everyone's favorite Clinton 08 whipping-boy, Mark Penn, appears to have (finally) overplayed his hand. On Friday news broke that Penn had met with the Colombian ambassador and other representatives (Penn's lobbying firm represents the South American nation) over strategy for a NAFTA-like deal for Colombia.

While that wouldn't necessarily be unusual (i.e., a lobbyist meeting with a client), but the timing couldn't be worse -- Penn's highest profile client -- the Clinton Campaign -- was publicly opposing the proposed deal, expected to be submitted to Congress by the White House this week.

So after being fired by the Republic of Colombia on Saturday, Penn was pushed out by the Clinton campaign itself yesterday: a rare "two-fer."

But interestingly, Penn apparently will hold on to the polling work, according to Maggie Williams' statement:
Mark, and Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign.

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