Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar: staff changes in the Clinton campaign
Senator Clinton's campaign has replaced Mark Penn. I'm less interested in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of Mark Penn than in providing information about Geoffrey Garin, and pointing out that the Clinton campaign showed extreme professionalism in keeping a hardworking staffer on board until there was a clear conflict of interest which meant he had to step down. Excellent management, in my opinion. If you have ever had to deal with staffing you understand that you cannot just throw people aside without demoralizing everybody else who works for you. If the staffer does not resign precisely when or if you want him or her to do so, you need to exercise diplomacy and tact to find the moment when you can ask him or her to step down or bring him or her to see that he or she must. I have no firsthand knowledge related to Mr. Penn's departure as a salaried member of the Clinton team, and I mistrust any and all rumors and reports about it. My take is the same as the one, I would bet, held by most good business people and employment lawyers.