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Dean Gaining Little Traction in Race for Democratic Committee Chair

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By    |   Friday, 02 Dec 2016 10:53 AM

Howard Dean appears to be facing an uphill battle to regain chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, The Hill reported.

The former Vermont governor appears to be falling behind Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who has received early endorsements. Some Democrats are holding back endorsements to see what other candidates might join the race for the leadership position of the party, the Hill's report said.

Dean was leader of the DNC from 2005 to 2009, and his "50-state strategy" helped set up then-Sen. Barack Obama for his presidential run.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have encouraged Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to run, and pro-abortion advocacy group NARAL's chairwoman Ilyse Hogue appears to be planning a run for the job.

The Hill reported that Dean has not appeared willing to expend much effort in fighting for the job. He will send a video instead of appearing at an Association of State Democratic Chairs meeting in Denver. The other announced candidates—Ellison, New Hampshire chairman Raymond Buckley, South Carolina chairman Jaime Harrison—will appear at the meeting.

A Colorado DNC official said Dean not appearing "feels like a slight. It feels like he’s trying to run on past accomplishments."

Several DNC chairs and party members say Dean is not intensely lobbying for the job. Utah Democratic chairman Peter Corroon told The Hill that Ellison has contacted him, but Dean has not—and Dean is his first cousin.

Another Colorado DNC member, Michael Hamrick, said, "I have a lot of respect for Howard Dean, but maybe it's time for some fresh ideas."

The 50-state strategy Dean used is seen as a way to pull in Democrats who felt left behind when Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz was leader, The Hill reported.
Ellison's platform mentioned it.

"We must energize Democratic activists across the country and give them the tools to build the Party from the bottom-up. Beyond a 50-state strategy, we need a 3,143-county strategy."

Even Dean has said new leadership is needed for the party, implying he's not the right guy.

In a "Morning Joe" interview, Dean said "the baby boomers have to get out of the way. That's my generation. I'm happy to advise. I don’t think that we need to be in the forefront anymore.

"We need somebody from the next generation to be in charge of everything," Dean said.

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