Executive Committee of the ASDC Picks Donnie
by Matt Stoller, Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 02:25:20 PM EST
And there we are. Since I'm working for another candidate, I won't comment, but Jerome wanted me to blog this.
UPDATE: This was the 12 members of the ASDC executive committee, NOT the whole ASDC.
Mark Brewer, President, (Michigan); Paul Berendt, Vice-President, Vice-President (Washington); Raymond Buckley, Vice-President, (New Hampshire); Amy Burks, Vice-President (Alabama); L Carmichael, Ex-Officio Member (At-Large); Rickey Cole, Parliamentarian (Mississippi); Herman Farrell, Board Member (New York); Ann Fishman, Executive Director (Maryland); Chris Gates, Board Member (Colorado); Sue Hecht, Board Member (Maryland); Linda Honold, Board Member (Wisconsin); Carol Khare, Board Member (South Carolina)Even among these 12, it could not have been a unanimous vote, as Paul Berendt publically endorsed Howard Dean 2 weeks ago, just before the State Chair election in Washington. Berendt was able to overcome Greg Rodriquez precisely because he backed Dean. I just made a few calls to Washington St., and talked with someone close to Berendt, whom told me that "yes, he's sticking to Dean".
Donnie Fowler and Mark Brewer got tight in Michigan where Fowler managed John Kerry's campaign in 2004, tight enough so that ASDC President Brewer & Fowler were able to dissiminate this public ASDC "endorsement" by the 12 executive committee members, even though it's got some holes. It might have been just a plurality of the 12 that "voted to endorse Donnie Fowler rather than Dean", as Time's Viveca A. Novak (who formally covered Clark's Presidential campaign while Donnie was around) framed the exclusive.
Update III, by Jerome (edit, 12's above should read 19's): The more I look into this, the less weight it carries. The are are only 4 5 State Chairs among the 12 19 (Brewer, Berendt, Buckley, Ferrell, and Cole), and 1 of those is backing Dean. So really, what we have here are some regional appointments of DNC members to the ASDC's Executive Committee, of whom a majority or a plurality backed Fowler, but not all, and there's no indication that they carry much influence. This "web exclusive" story is framed as the weight of the ASDC getting behind Fowler's candidacy, and meant to move the "Fowler 1, Dean 0" meme from the netroots to the newscycle. But in reality, it's more like Dean 50, Fowler 15, at this point in time.