Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Email from Dean: I'm Running.

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (Through 2005) Donate to DU
 
kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:31 PM
Original message
Email from Dean: I'm Running.
Dear Supporter,

As I have traveled across our country, I have talked to thousands of people who are working for change in their own communities about the power of politics to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. Every group I have spoken to, I encouraged them to stand up for what they believe and to get involved in the electoral process -- because the only sure way to make difference is to step up and run for office yourself.

Today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the Chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.

The Democratic Party needs a vibrant, forward-thinking, long-term presence in every single state and we must be willing to contest every race at every level. We will only win when we show up and fight for the issues important to all of us.

Another integral part of our strategy must be cultivating the party's grassroots. Our long term success depends on all of us taking an active role in our party and in the political process, by volunteering, going door to door and taking the Democratic message into every community, and by organizing at the local level. After all, new ideas and new leaders don't come from consultants; they come from communities.

As important as organization is, it alone can no longer win us elections. Offering a new choice means making Democrats the party of reform -- reforming America's financial situation, reforming our electoral process, reforming health care, reforming education and putting morality back in our foreign policy. The Democratic Party will not win elections or build a lasting majority solely by changing its rhetoric, nor will we win by adopting the other side's positions. We must say what we mean -- and mean real change when we say it.

But most of all, together, we have to rebuild the American community. We will never succeed by treating our nation as a collection of separate regions or separate groups. There are no red states or blues states, only American states. And we must talk to the people in all of these states as members of one community.

That word -- 'values' -- has lately become a codeword for appeasement of the right-wing fringe. But when political calculations make us soften our opposition to bigotry, or sign on to policies that add to the burden of ordinary Americans, we have abandoned our true values.

We cannot let that happen. And we cannot just mouth the words. Our party must speak plainly and our agenda must clearly reflect the socially progressive, fiscally responsible values that bring our party -- and the vast majority of Americans -- together.

All of this will require both national perspective and local experience. I know what it's like to lead hands-on at the state level and I know what it's like to run for national office.

With your help, this past election season, Democracy for America, already started creating the kind of organization the Democratic Party can be. This past election cycle, we endorsed over 100 candidates at all levels of government -- from school board to U.S. Senate. We contributed almost a million dollars to nearly 750 candidates around the country and raised millions of dollars for many more candidates.

Together, we helped elect a Democratic governor in Montana, a Democratic mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah and an African American woman to the bench in Alabama. Fifteen of the candidates we endorsed had never run for office before -- and won.

I also have experience building and managing a local party organization. My career started as Democratic Party chair in Chittenden County, Vermont. I then ran successful campaigns: for state legislature, lieutenant governor and then governor. In my 11-year tenure as governor, I balanced the state's budget every year.

I served as chair of both the National Governors' Association and the Democratic Governors' Association (DGA). And as chair of the DGA, I helped recruit nearly 20 governors that won -- even in states like Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi.

All of these experiences have only reaffirmed what I know to be true. There is only one party that speaks to the hopes and dreams of all Americans. It is the party you have already given so much to. It is the Democratic Party.

We can win elections only by standing up for what we believe.

Thank you and I look forward to listening to your concerns in the weeks ahead.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:32 PM
Response to Original message
1. Who gets to vote?
eom

TlalocW
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:34 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. Not sure. Not me, though.
I'm not even registered Dem.
:shrug:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:36 PM
Response to Original message
3. I'm on Board.
I think it will be nice just to have him run. In a way, I worry if he wins ... it won't be long before he has to compromise. Then, if he does, he'll just get pummeled by his supporters.

Electing Dean as Chairman would mean truly wanting to make the party more grassroots-oriented, and much more dynamic. People inside the Beltway would be so threatened (from both sides of the party aisle), that they would have to destroy him. Neither party's top leadership wants grassroots-orientation. They want to abscond with as much money in salary as they can. So, I worry. But at least the issues will be out on the table.

There is a DU-er who says that Dean is better off as an a**-kicker-at-large. There is something to be said for that viewpoint.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
wtbymark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:43 PM
Response to Original message
4. I hope he gets it
I've met him a couple of times, nice man, listens to you when you talk to him. Honestly, I think he will be more effective as DNC chair than as president. My advice to him would be to serve this trem as chair, then run for pres. again (and don't scream lol)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:15 PM
Response to Reply #4
13. Hi wtbymark!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:06 PM
Response to Original message
5. Give 'em hell, Howard!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
KerryReallyWon Donating Member (297 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:18 PM
Response to Original message
6. Howard is the final nails in the coffin,.....
We will be laughing stock....I am going IND
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:22 PM
Response to Reply #6
7. You really think Howard is more of a nail than From or McAuliffe??
*scratching head over that one*

----------------------------------------------------------
Save our country one town, county, and state at a time!
http://timeforachange.bluelemur.com/electionreform.htm#...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:23 PM
Response to Reply #6
12. I'd rather be a "laughing stock"
than lie back and let the Republicans do whatever they want.

Howard Dean is the only logical choice.

Julie
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:29 PM
Response to Original message
8. Got it around noon today. janx has a thread in GD: Politics on it
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 01:29 PM by jpgray
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ReverendDeuce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:32 PM
Response to Original message
9. Go Howard, go!! n/t
n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Cuban_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:04 PM
Response to Original message
10. I'm on board, Doc!
:thumbsup:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Shopaholic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:20 PM
Response to Original message
11. Right behind you babe--Go Howie!
RUN! Take our party back NOW!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Aug 28th 2014, 08:44 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (Through 2005) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC