The Clinton campaign has announced:
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.
Penn made news recently when it was revealed that he was acting as a consultant for the Colombian government over a free trade pact opposed by Sen. Clinton.
The Colombia government fired Penn's firm, Burson Marsteller, after Penn acknowledged and apologized for his actions.
Earlier today, during an appearance in NBC's MEET THE PRESS, Clinton supporter Pennsylvania Gov, Ed Rendell addressed the question of whether Penn should be fired.
MR. RUSSERT: Governor Rendell, should the Clinton campaign fire Mark Penn?
GOV. RENDELL: 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. But, you know, this business and Senator Obama, etc., look, I know that Hillary Clinton cares about the free trade issue because in 2004 I testified before a committee which she chaired--myself, Governor Granholm from Michigan, Governor Doyle from Wisconsin--about unfair trade practices, China manipulating currency and, and stealing intellectual property, and she was very, very strong on the need for free trade to be fair trade.
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