Oklahoma, Mississippi and Utah Endorse Dean

Here's a disclaimer for ya'--you bet your ass I want Dean to beat Frost--Chris

Governor Howard Dean was endorsed today by several state Democratic Party chairs and vice chairs, adding to his broad, diverse and growing list of support both among the members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The list of voting DNC state party chairs and vice-chairs supporting Governor Dean include:

Florida: Chairman Scott Maddox, Vice-Chairwoman Diane Glasser
Mississippi: Chairman Wayne Dowdy
Oklahoma: Chairman Jay Parmley, Vice-Chairwoman Debbe Leftwich
Utah: Vice-Chairwoman Nancy Woodside
Washington: Chairman Paul Berendt
Vermont: Chairman Peter Mallary

This list of supporters signifies that people in every region of the country approve of Dean's vision and structure that he wants to bring to the DNC.

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30 Comments

I'm confused
But, but, but... Those are Red States....
by Carl Nyberg 2005-01-18 01:15PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm confused
If you squint you'll start to see purple...
by Parker 2005-01-18 01:17PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm confused
I don't understand.  How can people in red states support Howard Dean?  Does not compute.
by CentrismIsForLosers 2005-01-18 01:27PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm confused
I helped that Dean was the only candidate that campaigned in all of these states in the primaries...when he said that he was running a 50 state race he meant it...I think he went to Mississippi about two or three times.
by Parker 2005-01-18 01:30PM | 0 recs
Re: But... But... But...!
He's a northeast liberal!!!!!!

How can people anywhere else in the world possibly LIKE him?????

by Andrew C White 2005-01-18 03:54PM | 0 recs
This can't be...
Remember, Dean is one of them thar North Eastern Liberal types whose idears can't relate in them thar red states.

Idiots.

by michael in chicago 2005-01-18 01:55PM | 0 recs
Well
I hear Starbucks opened in these states so I guess you can now call them: latte drinking, barbecue eating, pick-up truck diving, gun toting, damn libruls
by Parker 2005-01-18 02:04PM | 0 recs
Yeeahhh!!!
Today, I was watching Faux News to wake me up in the morning, and they were saying that Dems in the Red States resented being told what to do by the elitist coastal liberals like Dean, Kerry, Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton.  These endorsments fly right in the face of that.  I see a new day for the Democratic Party.
by Max Friedman 2005-01-18 02:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Yeeahhh!!!
I just might watch O'Reilly for the first time in six months to celebrate. I'm sure O'Reilly is just appalled that the Democratic party is being taken over by the radical far left Maoist/Che/Michael Moore wing of the Democratic party. Can Stalinism be far behind? Would John F Kennedy approve? What would MLK think about a heathen secularist like Dean?

Is O'Reilly still channeling liberals? I wonder if any conservatives speak to him from the grave?

by Gary Boatwright 2005-01-18 03:54PM | 0 recs
We're only missing a midwest state.
Gimme Illinois.
by Andrew C White 2005-01-18 03:58PM | 0 recs
Not likely
I think the chair of the Illinois delegation is Michael Madigan, one of the least progressive Democrats in Illinois politics.
by ChgoSteve 2005-01-18 04:47PM | 0 recs
MM may support Dean
Madigan is pragmatic.

He'd like to have Dean's supporters pulling oars in Illinois.

by Carl Nyberg 2005-01-18 04:53PM | 0 recs
Re: MM may support Dean
I'd pull oars for his daughter, but I'll never pull anything for Michael.
by ChgoSteve 2005-01-18 04:57PM | 0 recs
Re: MM may support Dean
Michael Madigan is what he is.

If his interests align with yours he's a good friend. If your interests conflict with his he's a tough opponent.

Once you can view him in this emotionally detached way then things will go easier.

by Carl Nyberg 2005-01-18 05:19PM | 0 recs
Oklahoma- Your kidding ritght?
I talked to jay just the other day and he said that he was for Rosenberg.
by Meteora 2005-01-18 04:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Oklahoma- Your kidding ritght?

Remember Jay was former National President of YDA (Young Democrats of America). He would know as well as anyone that everyone talks a big game about involving youth in Democratic organizing, but Ho-Dean walked the walk in his campaign.

I was on the National Steering Committee for Generation Dean, so I can attest to that from my own experience too.

Hope not fear...

by CT Lex 2005-01-18 05:24PM | 0 recs
cool
This is what I like to hear.
by Thomas 2005-01-18 05:23PM | 0 recs
Please!
Joementum is our only hope!
by Garemko 2005-01-18 05:25PM | 0 recs
Awesome
coulpe this wit hthe pressure being applied to Frost, and I think Dean looks ot be in great shape.

Also to consider, as these state endorsements roll out, other states will want to get behind the winner, especially as Dean has stated he wants to inject money into the states to build them up. I can't imagine a state chair wanting to be on the wrong end of the receiving, or being worried about that.

This could be the first signs of a landslide.

Roemer is all but out. Leland was never really in, Fowler doesnt appear to have the support, neither surprisingly does Rosenberg, Webb doesnt have any momentum, and Frost looks to be headed the way of Roemer, only his large TX support is buoying him up i think now.

Too late for another ABD candidate to enter the fray.

I am betting good money it's Dean, without a runoff right now.

by Pounder 2005-01-18 06:20PM | 0 recs
The Nightmare Scenario for the GOP
Is after the Iraqi elections, the biggest stories in February are going to be his Social Security plan being shot down into very little pieces, nude tabloid photos of Barbie Bush in Mykonos, and Howard Dean becoming DNC Chair.

Well that, and CNN giving Donahue a show again to compete with O'Reilly. I think I would cry if that happens.

by risenmessiah 2005-01-18 09:27PM | 0 recs
Faux News
Fox News is already trying to do some character assassination on Dean.

I was watching "Fox & Friends" just a few minutes ago(7:15 or so), and the host, whom I cant remember his name, was having a conversation with Ed Gillespie, the RNC Chairman.

What was funny, is that it wasnt Gillespie who was doing the attacking. It was the host doing a supposedly subjective interview. To his credit, Gillespie was actually reasonable for a partisan.

The host said something like, "So, if Dean gets to head the party, isnt he going to take the Democrats on a hard left turn?"

And he basically continued on with this slant for the entire interview with that smug Fox shit eating grin.

With Dean a favorite for the Chair, we gotta be prepared for this type of thing.

by Thomas 2005-01-19 02:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Faux News
So the real problem with Dean is that the wingnuts fear that Dean will shift back the balance to the center...and ruin their plans to destroy the US.
by Parker 2005-01-19 03:57AM | 0 recs
Make Us A Whole Party ... Not A Partial Party
Dean? -- Rosenberg? -- Frost?
OR
Left? -- Center? -- Right?
OR
Liberal? -- Moderate / Pragmatic? -- Conservative?
OR
Extreme Democrat? -- Moderate / Independent? --Extreme Repunlican?
OR
Blue Minded -- Open Minded -- Red Minded
OR
The Simple Have's -- The Have's -- The Greedy Have's

The DNC Chairman race has narrowed to three persons for DNC Chair and basically three sets of choices as shown above. It's that simple.

The one central question the blogosphere and the 447 DNC Delegates should be asking at this time is: Who best can make us the MOST WHOLE PARTY and eventually the MOST WHOLE COUNTRY?

Is it Howard Dean? I think not. The 2004 Primary Election Cycle shows that. He lost because he wanted TOO MUCH REFORM. The DEMOCRATIC AND INDEPENDENT voters did not buy into that and I do not thing the DNC Delegates will either. Howard Dean is more of a power consolidator than a power sharer. Being a power sharer is the true hallmark of a good leader. He will never unite the Centrists Democrats and the Conservative Democrats.

Is it Martin Frost? I think not. He is TOO CONSERVATIVE AS A DEMOCRAT. Why in the heck did Martin Frost try to buddy up to George Bush and the Republicans in the last election he lost? That is unforgivable and shows his true character as a person and his lacl of loyalty to the Democratic Party. He will never unite the Centrists Democrats and the Liberal Democrats.

Is it Simon Rosenberg? I think so. And while we love all fellow Democrats, Simon is the one guy who can bring all the parts of the party together. He, as Bill Clinton can attest to, knows that the smart strategy to win races is to lead from the middle. Call him a Centrist or New Democrat if you must. But he will be the uniter to make us a WHOLE PARTY and help bridge the gap in all fractions of our Party.

If you to compare the whit/brainpower/strategic wisdom of Simon Rosenberg to somebody ... look no further than Barack Obama. Barack will be President one day for one simple reason ... his ability to make us a WHOLE PARTY and a WHOLE COUNTRY united for all of our common good.

I am proud to have supported Barack Obama and I am proud to support Simon Rosenberg.

You see my reasoning for supporting Simon ... let me hear from you why I should think otherwise.

Democratic Dad

by Democratic Dad 2005-01-19 05:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Make Us A Whole Party ... Not A Partial Party
Which of Dean's positions are "extreme left"?
by Kimmitt 2005-01-19 07:12AM | 0 recs
Dean comes with Baggage
 Up until a week ago, I was an impassioned Dean supporter.

 His losing the primary hit me almost as hard as Chimp winning this election.  It took me ages to get over disliking Kerry for beating Dean.

 I didn't think that Dean had quite the low-key "guy in the background" persona for the DNC chair, but I felt that in order to be a viable candidate, he needed a position with visibility.
 In truth, I thought that the chair position would not be his cup of tea.  Dean is a brilliant,  limelight guy.

 At this point, I realize now that Dean's major drawback in any position is the very blog that empowered him.

 It has become clear that Daily Kos is a Frankenstein.

At any given moment, it morphs into an unwieldily mass of mob droids.

 They cheer whoever is in the graces of the leader, and stone anyone out of grace, and anyone with valid comments that rub the leader wrong.

 I've seen the mob catcall and jeer and gangbang.

 The blob has grown to the point of 300,000 hits a day (so they claim).

 This gives the lead writer tremendous power and influence.  To make or break a career.

He recently stated that journalistic ethics don't apply to him.  He's a blogger.

 Dean has nurtured along something that he will find himself at the mercy of.

 He owes too much to the blog.  He is in too deep.

Howard has been a breath of fresh air.  He has awakened
the party.

But my worry is that he could also be a liability.
 When Dean rises, the blog leaders - who think that ethics are something of a joke - will be attached at the hip.

by zinc7 2005-01-19 07:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Dean comes with Baggage
Trust me, the Kossacks who actually spend the time and the money are far more reasonable and sensible than the howling mob.
by Kimmitt 2005-01-19 09:50PM | 0 recs
aloha
i'm here in utah and i'm a bit surprised and honored to see a utahan endorse DEAN.

FYI: not everyone in utah is a gun-toting, religious-fundamentalist republican.

also, in case you forgot, PETER CORROON, howard dean's cousin won his election as mayor of salt lake county.

by ypsilanti 2005-01-19 07:44AM | 0 recs
Re: aloha
also taht Dean actually campaigned in these states. When he say a 50 state campaign he meant it and those on the ground witnessed it.
by Parker 2005-01-19 08:22AM | 0 recs
Re: aloha
Nancy Jane is a gun toting 100% NRA Dem.  Like Howard Dean.  

And Utah had a strong Dean organization.

by Newt 2005-01-19 04:08PM | 0 recs
Oklahoma Revolt???
Maybe Oklahoma's not so much on board...

The Associated Press State & Local Wire
January 20, 2005
HEADLINE: Dems criticize chairman's endorsement

DATELINE: OKLAHOMA CITY

BODY:
A handful of Democrats are upset with the state Democratic Party chairman's endorsement of a former presidential candidate to lead the Democratic National Committee.

State chairman Jay Parmley on Wednesday said he supported Howard Dean to lead the Democratic National Committee. Dean is one of seven candidates seeking the post.

Parmley and party chairs from Mississippi, Florida, Utah, Washington and Vermont have also endorsed Dean's bid for the chairmanship to replace Terry McAuliffe.

State Rep. John W. Carey and Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, both Democrats from Durant, have objected to Parmley's backing of Dean.

"This endorsement certainly does not represent the majority view of Democrats in my legislative district," said Gumm.

"If Mr. Parmley thinks Howard Dean is the best choice, he is seriously out of touch with the overwhelming majority of Oklahoma Democrats and Democratic elected officials."

Parmley downplayed objections to his decision to support Dean, saying the former Vermont governor would provide party leadership that would help all 50 states, not just states that traditionally support Democratic candidates.

"He is clearly the best at managing and putting resources into states," Parmley said. "He's a great motivator and can energize people."

Parmley is voting in place of Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, who is a member of the Democratic National Committee.

Leftwich said she's disappointed in Parmley's choice.

"My name came to be associated with this endorsement by offering my proxy some time ago to the Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Jay Parmley," Leftwich said. "Given Mr. Parmley's endorsement of Governor Dean, he will no longer hold my proxy. Like most Oklahoma Democrats, I do not believe Governor Dean shares our values or is the right person to lead our party at this time."

Parmley said Dean's desire to reach out to local parties should strengthen the presence of Democrats across the country and hopefully pave the way for a Democratic president in 2008. He noted that the post is not an ideological position and Dean would not be affecting policy or the party's platform.

"I didn't support Howard Dean for president and wouldn't support him again," Parmley said. "But I believe he has the right energy and enthusiasm for this job."

Dean led the presidential race through 2003, raising more than $40 million and recruiting thousand of supporters, including young people who hadn't engaged in the process before the 2004 election.

A new DNC chairman will be chosen at a meeting in Washington on Feb. 12. Former Texas Rep. Martin Frost, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, New Democratic Network president Simon Rosenberg, former Indiana congressman Tim Roemer, former Ohio Democratic chairman David Leland and party strategist Donnie Fowler are also seeking the position.

by DemDog 2005-01-21 05:51AM | 0 recs

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