Mark Penn has stepped aside as senior strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid. He left the campaign after it was disclosed he'd met with representatives of the Colombian government to help promote a free trade agreement that Clinton opposes.
Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams says communications director Howard Wolfson and pollster Geoff Garin will craft strategy from now on. Penn will continue to provide polling data and advice to the campaign.
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Penn, in his capacity as chief executive of public relations giant Burson-Marsteller, met with Colombian officials March 31st. The meeting was to help decide strategy to move the Colombian Free Trade agreement through Congress. Penn later issued a statement apologizing for the meeting, calling it an "error in judgment." Clinton strongly opposes the agreement.
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