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Democrat Boss McAuliffe Is Finished

Friday, 27 February 2004 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON – Democrat chairman Terry McAuliffe said Thursday he planned to step down as head of the national party when his term concludes early next year.

McAuliffe said he had always planned to serve only one term and looked forward to spending more time with his family.

"I said from day one I will not do it," McAuliffe said in a phone interview from Arkansas. "I've done this for four years. I've got five little kids at home."

McAuliffe, 47, a wealthy businessman and veteran fund-raiser, is a close ally of former President Bill Clinton and has been active in national Democrat politics for 25 years.

As Democrat chairman, he has pushed several initiatives to modernize Democratic National Committee, including updating the party's voter files, increasing its direct-mail lists, modernizing its computer system and redesigning the national headquarters.

The eventual Democrat nominee could push for a new chairman, but McAuliffe said that was unlikely because of the many new fund-raising and voter-turnout projects he's responsible for that are critical to the election.

"All the candidates are very excited about what we have done with the committee and want to have me in there raising more than $100 million," McAuliffe said. Stephanie Cutter, a spokeswoman for Democrat front-runner John Kerry, said McAuliffe "has done a great job."

After Democrats suffered losses in the 2002 elections and the Republicans recaptured control of the Senate, McAuliffe was not challenged for the job.

McAuliffe won't rule out other political activities. He said there could be plenty of opportunities "when we win the White House."

McAuliffe, a native of upstate New York, first discussed his plans with The Post-Standard of Syracuse, N.Y.

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