Daily Kos: Mark Penn’s lobbying shop is headed by John McCain’s top adviser
Let’s say that the Democratic nomination battle had been winnowed down to two candidates, and that one of those two candidates (let’s call him Barack Obama) was a huge favorite to win. Meanwhile, the GOP nominee has been all but decided. (We’ll call him John McCain.)
Now let’s imagine that Obama’s opponent (we’ll call her Hillary Clinton) was desperately slinging every piece of mud she could at him without regard to whether or not her attacks would help John McCain.
Finally, imagine that you found out that Clinton’s chief strategist was not only her campaign’s leading advocate for these attacks — but was also the CEO of a public affairs firm whose DC-based lobbying subsidiary was headed up by John McCain’s top adviser.
Would you say this posed at least the appearance of a conflict of interest for the strategist in question?
What would you think if you found out that it’s all true?
Well, it is true. MORE—>