Tags: obama | snubs | dean

Outgoing DNC Chair Howard Dean Snubbed by Obama

Friday, 09 Jan 2009 12:20 PM

By Jim Meyers

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean’s absence from Thursday’s press conference announcing Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as his successor reflects the Obama team’s lack of respect for Dean.

That’s the view of Dean loyalists, who note that despite the chairman’s successes in recent election cycles, he has become virtually invisible since Election Day.

Dean, a physician by training, was passed over for the Cabinet post he hoped for, Secretary of Health and Human Services. The position went instead to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

And Dean is apparently not in line for another post in the Obama administration, according to Politico.com.

“If he had been asked to go to [the press conference], he would have been there,” Jim Dean, the chairman’s brother, told Politico.

Another Dean ally declared: “The snub was no accident.”

Howard Dean was in American Samoa on DNC business on the day of the press conference, but the ally said: “I guarantee you he would have rescheduled his trip if asked to attend.”

At least one source close to Dean pointed to Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff, as the reason behind the snub.

Emanuel served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and battled frequently with Dean over party strategy during the 2006 election cycle.

But a friend of Emanuel told Politico that Rahm was not working behind the scenes to thwart Dean.

“Rahm never stabs you in the back,” the friend said. “He stabs you in front.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved