Frost makes private attacks on Dean, but can't take public criticism
by AnotherUnemployedDNCStaffer, Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 10:48:58 AM EST
According to several people who have participated in the discussions, Frost argues that Dean would be a poor choice because he could hurt Democratic efforts to compete in less liberal areas of the country. And Frost asks those he is courting to join him now because he fears Dean will soon acquire enough momentum to be virtually unstoppable.
And several Democrats and labor officials say Frost told them that electing Dean party chair would discourage Democrats who don't like Dean from running for office.
On that I just have to say that no one is going to choose not to run for office because they don't like the DNC chair. The DNC chair does not have the power to set the Democratic agenda, they have to take all their cues from currently elected officials. Besides, the DNC currently does little to support down ticket races, the DSCC and DCCC provide almost all the support.
Well, in response to these unwarranted private attacks some Dean supporters have been emailing DNC Members this ad which has been around the blogosphere for awhile now, where Frost tries to distance himself from Democrats.
And it gets even better in today's The Note
Soechting says he is disappointed in Dean.
..."Here in Texas, we're used to Republicans like Karl Rove and Tom DeLay using damned lies and dirty tricks to launch character attacks against tough, effective Democrats like Martin Frost. Whoever made this attack clearly has no idea what it takes to win in tough districts -- in "Red States" like Texas or anywhere else in the country."
"In fact, Martin's 2004 campaign could serve as a model for Democrats who are running in equally tough territory around the country. The campaign involved hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers, including Democrats of all races, union members, and many of the most ardent progressives in a tough, aggressive grassroots campaign. Martin refused to back down against enormous odds - standing up to DeLay and Rove by refusing to retire when their illegal redistricting scheme forced him into a 65% GOP district."
So apparently Frost can make dubious claims about Dean in private when there's no one there to refute them, but Dean is to blame when bloggers point out Frost's own questionable ads.
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