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Top Clinton Aide Steps Down

Hillary Clinton's chief political strategist, Mark Penn-whom many considered to be the Democratic candidate's Karl Rove (though no one except...




Hillary Clinton's chief political strategist, Mark Penn-whom many considered to be the Democratic candidate's Karl Rove (though no one except Clinton considered him to be very smart)-resigned late Sunday night amidst pressure from the campaign.

Penn, it was disclosed, had chosen-on behalf of Burson-Marsteller, his global public relations firm-to meet with Colombian representatives regarding a free trade agreement that Clinton had starkly opposed. Having controversially stuck it out as Burson-Marsteller's chief executive, even during his time as a top Clinton aide, Penn was criticized for the discordance between his business arrangements and his candidate's political positions.

Meanwhile, having slipped behind Barack Obama in the popular vote, delegates accumulated, and states won, Clinton and her suddenly shaken-up (again) staff attempt to maintain a shrinking advantage in polling for the Pennsylvania primaries, which are slated for April 22.

Via NYTimes







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