January 12, 2005
RELOADING THE DEER HUNTER:
Dean Sticks to His Ideals In Bid to Lead Democrats (John P. Gregg, 1/12/05, Valley News)
Upper Valley supporters said the former physician could be what the doctor ordered to revive their party, but acknowledged Dean must convince Democrats from other parts of the country that he is up to the task. The DNC chairman, currently Terry McAuliffe, traditionally serves as a fund-raiser, national spokesman and candidate recruiter for the party, among other duties.
“I think the challenge for Howard is that he came out of the campaign perceived to some degree, at least nationally, as an ‘Eastern liberal,' ” said Fairlee resident Peter Mallary, the new chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party.
Mallary, a state lawmaker when he lived in Newbury, said he is backing Dean and will tell colleagues around the country that Dean is not easily typecast. Mallary has a vote in choosing a DNC chairman.
“I think one of the challenges for those of us who remember working with Governor Dean when he was governor, is to remind people that this is a guy, who in the Vermont tradition, is quite progressive on social issues, most of them, but is moderate to conservative fiscally,” Mallary said.
The problem is he didn't stick to his relatively centrist ideals when he was campaigning, allowing himself to instead by co-opted by the loons on the Internet Left. Now his pitch to the Party is that he's uniquely qualified because of those ties to the fringe. Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2005 12:29 PM