It's Over: Dean has the Votes

The Dean camp says these 250 voting members (see extended entry) represent 241.75 votes, over the majority 214.25 needed to win (release, 2/4). The Fowler camp says that the interview reply by Fowler that "I would be happy to have Howard Dean be my executive director of the DNC" was "a lighthearted joke" and that "he was laughing when he said it, as was Judy". Now I can go on a weeks vacation. Jerome

Posted originally at Burnt Orange Report.

After first seeing this morning that the Georgia Delegation is on board, and that the New York delegation is on board, I get word that as of this morning, Dean has officially secured enough votes to become the next chairman of the DNC.

Stay tuned for an endorsement from Simon Rosenberg today. (ABC's The Note has already published the fact that Rosenberg is making a "major announcement" on a conference call with reporters at 1pm Eastern; my source tells me it's going to include an endorsement of Gov. Dean.)

It's over folks (and that includes you, the overconfident Mr. Fowler).  For the first time in my five years of political awareness and involvement, I can experience what it's like to have my guy win.... Gore, John Courage for Congress, Dean, Kerry...

Dean.  Let a New Day for Democrats begin, god knows we need it

Update, Jerome: From the comments-- Simon Rosenberg concedes and endorses Dean-- "as good as we were, he [Dean] was better.... Dean overcame a lot of obstacles to win this race... I always knew this would be a longshot."

Sure, Simon is right, it was a longshot for him, and not all of the good ones get to win; but Simon ran an excellent race (Matt Stoller gets props as well), and when there's an open DNC Chair in the future, Rosenberg's got backing here.

Howard Dean (250)                   More Dean ...
DNC vice-chair Gloria Molina        WV vice-chair Belinda Biafore
DNC dep chair Ben Johnson           DC vice-chair Ron Bitondo
FL Dem chair Scott Maddox           DNC del. Moretta Bosley
FL vice-chair Diane Glasser         DNC del. Tonio Burgos
DNC del. Jon Ausman                 DNC del. Mary Candon
DNC del. Cathy Bartolotti           GA vice-chair Mattie Dorsey
DNC del. Terrie Brady               SD chair Judy Duhamel
DNC del. Mitchell Ceasar            UT chair Donald Dunn
DNC del. Joyce Cusack               HI chair Brickwood Galuteria
DNC del. Allan Katz                 DNC del. Billi Gosh
DNC del. Raul Martinez              DNC del. Stan Gruszynski
DNC del. Chuck Mohlke               WI chair Linda Honold
DNC del. Janee Murphy               DNC del. Judith Hope
MS chair Wayne Dowdy                MA chair Phillip Johnston
OK chair Jay Parmley                DNC del. Frank LaMere
WA chair Paul Berendt               DNC del. Weldon Latham
VT chair Peter Mallary              RI chair Bill Lynch
DNC del. Willie Barrow              DNC exec cmte Karen Marchioro
DNC del. Joseph Cari                Dems Abrd vice-chair John McCreery
DNC del. Yolanda Caraway            HI vice-chair Stephanie Ohigashi
DNC del. Wanda Lockridge            Trenton mayor Doug Palmer
Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA)            DNC del. Chuck Ross Jr.
UT vice-chair Nancy Woodside        VT vice-chair Allison Sultan
DNC del. Martha Dixon               DNC del. Mark Weiner
DNC del. Yvonne Gates               U.S. Samoa chair Oreta Togafau
DNC del. Minyon Moore               Samoa vicechair Tuiasina S. Laumoli 
DNC del. Mirian Saez                DNC del. Therese Hunkin
Rep. Elijah Cummings                DNC del. Fagafaga Lagkilde
DNC Black vic-chair Joel Ferguson   CO chair Chris Gates
DNC del. Patricia Ford              CO vice-chair Julia Hicks
DNC del. Joe Moore                  DNC del. J.W. Postal
DNC del. Gus Bickford               DNC del. Mannie Rodriguez
DNC del. Patsy Arceneaux            DNC del. Robert Zimmerman
DNC Women's chair Mame Reiley       DNC del. Ramona Martinez
DNC del. Steven Alari               MN chair Mike Erlandson
DNC del. Jeremy Bernard             MN vice-chair Tarryl Clark
DNC del. Rachel Binah               DNC del. Ken Fozworth
DNC del. Mary Early                 DNC del. Rick Stafford
DNC del. Ed Espinosa                DNC del. Nancy Larson 
DNC del. Jimmie Farris              DNC del. Jackie Stevenson
DNC del. Mike Fitzgerald            NE chair Steven Achelpohl
DNC '04 convo chair Alice Huffman   NE vice-chair Audra Ostergard
DNC del. Pete Jorgenson             NH chair Kathy Sullivan
DNC del. Johnny Patton              NH vice-chair Ray Buckley
CA vice-chair Alexandra Rooker      DNC del. Anita Friedman
DNC del. Aleita Hugeunin            DNC del. Gaetan DiGangi
DNC del. John Perez                 OR chair Jim Edmundson
DNC del. Garry Shay                 OR vice-chair Meredith Smith
Ex-WH dep CoS Harold Ickes          DNC del. Jenny Greenleaf
Ex-Denver mayor Wellington Webb     DNC del. Wayne Kinney
DNC del. Kathleen Fahey             DNC del. Vince Powers
PR vice-chair Luisette Cabanas      DNC vice-chair Linda Chavez
DNC del. Alvaro Cifuentes           DNC del. Maria Echaveste
DNC del. Nely Galan                 DNC del. Fisher Flores
DNC del. Maria Garcia               DNC del. Toi Barbel
KS vice-chair Teresa Krusor         DNC del. Miguel Lausell
DNC del. Maria Luna                 DNC del. Debbie Marquez
DNC del. Iris Martinez              DNC del. Maria Heywood
DNC del. Kevin Rodriquez            DNC del. Ken McClintock
DNC del. Roberto Ramirez            DNC del. Joe Rios
DNC del. Lula Rodriguez             DNC del. Mannie Rodriguez
DNC del. Marian Saez                NM vice-chair Annadelle Sanchez
DNC del. Oscar Soliz                DNC del. Alexis Tameron
CA chair Art Torres                 DNC del. Norma Torres
DNC del. Antonio Villaraigosa       DNC del. Steven Ybarra
DNC del. Marilyn Tyler Brown        DNC del. Thomas Buffenbarger
DNC del. Anna Burger                DNC del. Yvonne Davis
AK vice-chair Mary Ann Eininger     DNC del. Hartina Flournoy
TX vice-chair Gabrielle Hadnot      DNC del. Jaime Gonzalez
DNC del. Elaine Kamarck             DNC del. Sue Lovell
IL chair Michael Madigan            DNC del. Mark Mallory
DNC del. Edward McElroy             DNC del. Kevin Murray
TN vice-chair Elisa Parker          DNC del. John Patrick
DNC del. Robert Rankin              DNC del. Diane Saxe
TX chair Charles Soechting          WI vice-chair Tim Sullivan
DNC del. Senfronia Thompson         DNC del. Keith Umemoto
Dems Abrd chair Rachelle Valladares DNC del. Randi Weingarten
DNC del. James Zogby                KS chair Lawrence Gates
DNC del. Lee Kinch                  DNC del. Randy Roy
ME chair Patrick Colwell            ME vice-chair Marianne Stevens
DNC del. Jennifer DeChant           DNC del. Sam Spencer
DNC del. Celita Arroyo de Roques    VI chair Cecil Benjamin
DNC del. Morton Bahr                DNC del. William Burga
DNC del. Dominic Baranello          DNC del. Will Cheek
NJ chair Bonnie Coleman             DNC del. Inez Dickens
DNC del. Vivian Cook                DNC del. Ronald Donatucci
DNC del. Ed Cote                    DNC del. Barbara Easterling
NY chair Denny Farrell              DNC del. Enid Goubeaux
WY chair Mike Gierau                DNC del. Janice Griffin
DNC del. Emily Giske                MD vice-chair Sue Hecht
NY vice-chair Denise King           DNC del. Thomas J. Manton
DNC del. Bel Leong-Hong             DNC del. Mary Jo Neville
MD chair Terry Lierman              DNC del. Clarence Norman
DNC del. Dennis Mehiel              DNC del. Sandy Opstvedt
AK chair James Metcalfe             DNC del. Gregory Pecoraro
IA chair Sally Pederson             DNC del. Carol Pensky
DNC del. Richard Michalski          DNC del. Lonnie Plott
DNC del. Carole Migden              DNC del. Ken Rains
PA vice-chair Jean Milko            DNC del. Betty Richie
DNC del. Tom Miller                 DNC del. Everett Sanders
DNC del. Jeff Soref                 DNC del. Cindy Spanyers
DNC del. Chris Stampolis            DNC del. Michael Steed
DNC del. Irene Stein                DNC del. Sylvia Tokasz
IA vice-chair Rob Tully             DNC del. Susan Turnbull
IA Gov. Tom Vilsack                 Rep. Maxine Waters
OH chair Denny White                DNC del. Mary Lou Winters
DNC del. Grant Woodard              NM chair John Wertheim
DNC del. Anthony Avallone           DNC del. Dominic Baranello
DNC del. Clinton Bench              DNC del. Jim Bowen
DNC del. Janice Brunson             DNC del. Elizabeth Bunn
DNC del. Ellen Camhi                DNC del. Joe Carmichael
WV chair G. Nick Casey              NJ chair Bonnie Watson Coleman
DNC del. Lois DeBerry               NJ vice-chair Joseph Cryan
DNC del. Joseph DeCotiis            CT chair Nancy DiNardo
DNC del. Nancy Drummond             DNC del. June Fischer 
CT vice-chair Steve Fontana         DNC del. Shirley Franklin
DNC del. Chris Gallaway             DNC del. Mary Gail Gwaltney
IL vice-chair Constance Howard      DNC del. Thomas Hynes      
DNC del. LaToia Jones               Dem AGs chair Patricia Madrid
DNC del. Jerry McKernan             DNC del. Donald Norcross
DNC del. John Olsen                 DNC del. William Owen
DNC del. Mona Pasquil               DNC del. Carol Peterson
DNC del. Marie Prezioso             DNC del. John Rednour
DNC del. Roz Samuels                DNC del. Edward Smith
AZ vice-chair Peggy Toomey-Hammann  DNC del. Carolyn Warner

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Cool- enjoy- then roll up the sleeves
and lets get to work :)
by bruh21 2005-02-04 07:28AM | 0 recs
Even though it was like when a candidate secures enough delegates for the nomination after all the others in the primary have dropped, it is still a great moment.

Democrats for America!

by Chris Bowers 2005-02-04 07:30AM | 0 recs
Good news
I did not think Dean would or should be the one but obviously he will be, and the obvious mandate for change he brings can only be good news.

One thing that is now incumbent on all of us who consider ourselves reformers and progressives is to direct that energy to state parties as well.

As Ryan Lizza's article makes clear, one of the reasons so many state party chairs support Dean is because he's promised to direct 200K to each state party. As a principle, its a good one but in a lot of states, the state party operations are in no position to use that money wisely.

I hope to see attention here to what is going within the Democratic PArty at teh state level.

by desmoulins 2005-02-04 07:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Good news
You are pointing out another area of reform. Not just in the money returning to the state, but the need for developing the management of the state level apparatus as well. I can only hope that Dean will focus on these issues so that the party is not caught unwares as it was in 2004.
by bruh21 2005-02-04 07:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Good news

Have you even been to a State Democratic party meeting or event...if you had you would see 90% are retirees who wanted a hobby after retiring.

My party chairs keeps getting elected because they are they are the only ones willing to pay a substantial amount of money themselves for travel and expenses.

Whereas the Republican have been paying their state leaders for years. That way you can get the best people and not people who are running the party in their  spare time or just the richies and bored house wives.

We need to put some more professionalisn into the states and along with this goes accountablity. Have you wondered just why so many states do not have even a website...this is why.

But if you want to hold on to a cheesy attack then go ahead...because you had to look hard to find that piece of crap.

by Parker 2005-02-04 09:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Good news
Precisely my point.

As for the tone, Parker, I can see you're as committed to conflict now as ever. There's nothing in what I wrote thats an "attack" -- only an observation, with which you agree, that state parties need more than money.

If you're looking for a fight, you won't get it from me. I'll be too busy trying to help build my state party; hope you're doing the same.

by desmoulins 2005-02-09 02:20PM | 0 recs
and I didn't even get an orange hat.

I am still so traumatized by Iowa that I am truly afraid to celebrate but I will give it a quiet:


by Parker 2005-02-04 07:35AM | 0 recs
What timing!
I spent over an hour working on a smackdown of Chait's editorial and the damn Dems beat me to the punch! Maybe my diary will have some historical value. :-0
by Gary Boatwright 2005-02-04 07:52AM | 0 recs
About what Dean (excerpts from Yahoo article)
Dean's advantages include:

  • A bracing, aggressive message. Democrats "do not need to be mini-Republicans," Dean says in forums and interviews; what they need, he says, is a 50-state strategy that concedes the GOP nothing. He says the party should try harder for Latino and rural voters and persist in the South.

  • A proven commitment to strengthening the grass roots. Dean pioneered Internet fundraising and organizing as a primary candidate. Later he mobilized his Democracy for America network on behalf of candidates from president to school board. That's more important to most state party leaders than his image or ideology, as is his promise of $44 million over four years to upgrade staff and infrastructure.

  • Doggedness and the listening skills he honed as a doctor. Jim Pederson, chairman of the Arizona party, says Dean once called him to discuss the DNC race at 10:30 on a Saturday night. Gerald McEntee, head of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, says Dean talked to him four times.

  • The sense that he has learned from mistakes. McEntee endorsed him in the primaries, then un-endorsed him and called him "nuts." Does he still think that? "No," says McEntee, who is officially neutral in the DNC race. He says Dean has better advisers and knows "he can't take things for granted. He needs to strategize."

  • The stature to take on the Bush administration. Some Democrats say their elected officials have been articulate but ineffective. "We haven't seen that kind of commanding voice that ... people are craving," Pederson says.

Remarks from other Democrats suggest they don't see Dean in that role. "We're not looking for a spokesperson in the chairmanship," 2004 nominee John Kerry (news - web sites) said on NBC.

Terry McAuliffe, current DNC chairman, says he gave Dean a two-hour presentation on what a party chairman does. "Your job is to raise money and do the mechanics," he said in an interview. "It is not your job ... to set policy."

In recent TV appearances, Dean offered his opinion on two Cabinet votes and disagreed with Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada on whether Antonin Scalia (news - web sites) would be tolerable as chief justice of the Supreme Court. Reid later noted his constituency is "much larger" than the 447-member DNC. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, said she thinks Dean "would take his lead from us."

McEntee says he told Dean "he's got to be disciplined and careful" and not step on toes, his own or those of elected party leaders. He says Dean told him he might do more party building and less TV "because there's always this possibility that he'd lose some of that discipline that he's trying to form."

There is still some unease about Dean's grass-roots multitudes, whom he mobilized for his DNC bid. "His people tend to be a bit left," Pederson says, adding some DNC members in Arizona were "alarmed" at the avalanche of calls from them.

Dean advocates say his network and success so far are evidence that he was no flash in the pan. "It's great vindication for him," says Steve McMahon, a longtime Dean strategist. "It proves that he's the real dea

by bruh21 2005-02-04 07:58AM | 0 recs
Let's all say it together...
by raginillinoian 2005-02-04 08:04AM | 0 recs
I just made my 20.06
donation to the DNC.

Seemed like a good time.

(I make regular monthly donations in any case, lest anyone think I am cheapo donor.)

by nanorich 2005-02-04 08:13AM | 0 recs
At the risk of seeming overcautious.
I'll be waiting for the actual vote on the DNC chair before I give one dime more to the Democratic Party.

However, I was just composing in my head a diary on why I'm a Democratic again after 7 years in the political wilderness.

So I guess that makes me an overcautious optimist. g

by boadicea 2005-02-04 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: At the risk of seeming overcautious.
What the heck...I will just make another donation when it is official.

However, I have never been good at being superstitious.

I am not wired that way...I take my lumps as the come and move on.

by nanorich 2005-02-04 09:04AM | 0 recs
Just different expressions of devil-may-care
I've been resisting calling myself a Dem on these sites for a long time.  Felt rootless politically, but couldn't stomach the "Don't Hit Me" Dem Party of the late 90s early Aughts.

So, that's a big step for me.

by boadicea 2005-02-04 09:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Just different expressions of devil-may-care
And I am a lifelong Yellow Dog Democrat who has never voted for a Republican.

But that is very, very easy when you live in Los Angeles, I must say.

In any case, I got used to losing...and their is a lot of scar tissue on my heart.

When I saw Dr. Dean a couple of weeks ago, he told us we had a lot of party growing to do in California, which has very conservative center and east of the state, as well.  Let's just say, he is a very demanding boss, and we will be expected to do whatever we can.

by nanorich 2005-02-04 09:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Just different expressions of devil-may-care
There is a lot of work to do.

We've got several blue islands in the red sea of Texas, but I'm not ready to concede one inch of Texas soil to the party of God, Gays, and Hypocrisy.

by boadicea 2005-02-04 10:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Just different expressions of devil-may-care
[snip] We've got several blue islands in the red sea of Texas, but I'm not ready to concede one inch of Texas soil to the party of God, Gays, and Hypocrisy.[snip]

Um, which party is that? Not being snarky, I really don't know to which party you are referring.

by Rev Denise Michel 2005-07-28 12:00PM | 0 recs
Simon drops out
Endorses Dean.
by Alan S 2005-02-04 08:42AM | 0 recs
this is great news. it's time to start shaking stuff up!
by ypsilanti 2005-02-04 09:00AM | 0 recs
on rosenberg's concall now
He just conceded to Dean.
"as good as we were, he [Dean] was better."
"he overcame a lot of obstacles to win this race."
"I always knew this would be a longshot."
by calvin 2005-02-04 09:11AM | 0 recs


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