DNC Chair ins & outs
by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 07:44:23 AM EST
The big day for the DNC Chair race is coming by Monday, supposedly. Hotline today jokes that there are 75 endorsements by the 50 state chairs, but that will change, when the ASDC meets to endorse a candidate over the weekend. The leadership will make an endorsement, followed by an up or down vote by the state chairs. If that doesn't decide the endorsement, then the state chairs will vote on other candidates, until they have a consensus choice.
Whether or not that has any sticking power, in terms of the Feb 12th vote, is up for discussion. I would think that if the ASDC leadership choice is endorsed on a first vote, it would. If that's Dean, it's over, he'll win; if it's anyone else, or the ASDC endorsement is only a plurality, then it likely doesn't decide anything.
Here's the latest tally of DNC Member endorsements (from NJ's Hotline):
Votes Percentage (50% = 1 needed) Howard Dean 48 10.5 Martin Frost 15 4 Wellington Webb 10 2.5 Donnie Fowler 9 2 Simon Rosenberg 4 1 Tim Roemer 4 1 David Leland 2 0.5Related to the Folwer amendment that I blogged about (DNC Chair vote map & related amendment) earlier. In BlogPac's CC with Frost, he said though he was initially for the amendment to decentralize 50 of the at-large seats, that he no longer supported it. Roenberg has a similar position: "I cannot ... support the Fowler amendment that specifies election by the regional caucuses of 50 of the 75 at-large appointed DNC member slots, because I believe that it will adversely and unacceptably affect the diversity of the DNC membership." Frost gave a similar reasoning.
The ASDC is pushing hard for the adoption of the amendment, but Labor detests the move, so that's probably why Labor's UFCW endorsed Frost, and is urging labor allies and the AFL-CIO to back Frost. Dean, and the other DNC Chair candidates, still back the decentralizing Fowler amendment.
Also, TPM blogger Josh Marshall endorsed Simon Rosenberg.