A chair from the "Democratic wing" of the party?

By Geraldine Sealey
Published November 9, 2004 3:33PM (EST)

Will Howard Dean run in 2008? Not if he's head of the DNC:

"'He told me he was thinking about it,' Steve Grossman, himself a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Monday. Grossman was a Dean backer during the former Vermont governor's failed presidential bid. ...

"'I strongly urged (Dean) to seek the position,' he said. 'Howard is a voice of political empowerment and that to me is important, for the Democrats to get their sea legs back as quickly as possible, to get beyond the disappointment of the last week and to believe there is a bright future ahead for the Democratic Party.'

... Grossman said that if Dean were to run for DNC chair, he would need to pledge that he would serve the full four-year term, thus ruling out a presidential bid in 2008."

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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