Mark Penn has been fired

(By the Colombian government, not the Clinton campaign).

Here’s part of the statement from the Colombian embassy:

The Colombian Government announces its decision to terminate the contract with Burson-Marsteller. This firm conducts public relations and communications consulting services on behalf of Colombia in the United States for the approval of the Free Trade Agreement and the continuation of Plan Colombia.

Mr. Mark Penn, President and CEO of Burson Marsteller, reponded to claims by Union representatives who questioned his relationship with the Colombian Government by declaring that it was an “error in judgment” to meet with his client the Colombian Ambassador on March 31. The Colombian government considers this a lack of respect to Colombians, and finds this response unacceptable.

Penn seems to have given the Clinton campaign nothing but bad advice and public relations headaches, and charged a fortune for the privilege. Is she scared he’ll spill the campaign’s deep dark secrets if they fire him? Loyalty to Clinton certainly doesn’t seem to be his top priority. Or can she not fire him just because then he would demand all the money her campaign owes him, and they can’t afford that right now because of the campaign’s liquidity problems?

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5 responses to “Mark Penn has been fired

  1. Penn and Clinton are soul mates? Is it possible that he IS loyal–that he doesn’t see, say, meeting with the Colombians as being disloyal?

  2. Penn probably doesn’t see it as being disloyal. After all, he seems to have one of the tinnest ears in Washington. He probably sees loyalty to his clients the way lawyers see loyalty to their clients, but in presidential politics, appearances matter as much as the polling analysis or strategic advice you provide to the candidate.

  3. Oops–now he has been sort of fired, maybe, partly… Penn obviously has a tin ear; but Clinton must have one too, to keep the guy near her. They are soul mates.

  4. …and will continue soul mates apart.
    Great Expectations may not be the most appropriate allusion though.

  5. This is just the kind of competence we need more of in our leaders. When the phone rings at 3 AM and there’s a corporate charlatan on the other end of the line, I want Hillary Clinton answering that phone.

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