Bush Flak Lands PR Gig With Clinton Insider

Dana Perino will be 'chief issues counselor' at Mark Penn's firm
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Apr 14, 2009 8:56 AM CDT
Mark Penn, then a pollster for former President Bill Clinton, is seen in this 1998 file photo, in New York.    (AP Photo/The New York Times)
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(Newser) – Dana Perino, President Bush’s last press secretary, is joining the public-relations juggernaut run by former Hillary Clinton pollster Mark Penn, the Wall Street Journal reports. As “chief issues counselor,” Perino, 36, will focus on strategy for coming fights on health care and energy. “She’s been through some incredibly difficult experiences … and comes out of that an extremely skilled practitioner,” says Penn, CEO of Burson-Marsteller.