Dick Morris on Mark Penn

Jason Horowitz of the New York Observer has a long profile of Burson-Marsteller CEO and Hilary Clinton consigliere Mark Penn. It's a pretty straightforward...

Jason Horowitz of the New York Observer has a long profile of Burson-Marsteller CEO and Hilary Clinton consigliere Mark Penn. It's a pretty straightforward account, with the only substantive quoted criticism of Penn coming from former Bill Clinton adviser and current all-around smarmy human being Dick Morris:

But Mr. Morris thinks that Mr. Penn’s corporate client list—it includes the likes of Microsoft, Texaco and AT&T—is a conflict-of-interest scandal waiting to happen.

“I think he doesn’t know when to stop his commercial life and start his political life,” Mr. Morris said.

He pointed out that Burson-Marsteller promotes itself as the home of Mrs. Clinton’s chief strategist. “He’s letting himself and offering himself to be used by those who want to buy a piece of the incoming Clinton administration,” Mr. Morris said. “It’s a real risk for him.”

(Mr. Penn responds that he is not a lobbyist, and is very careful to keep his political and corporate activities separate.)



Valid points. We'll see if Penn's status actually affects voting.

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