December 28, 2003


Presidential Campaign Was Cited During Talks to Seal Dean's Papers as Governor (RICK LYMAN, 12/27/03, NY Times)

Last January, as his presidential campaign was stirring to life, Howard Dean was asked why he had decided to keep nearly half of his records as governor of Vermont under seal until 2013.

"Well, there are future political considerations," Dr. Dean told statehouse reporters. "We didn't want anything embarrassing appearing in the papers at a critical time in any future endeavor."

Dr. Dean now says he was joking about why he invoked executive privilege to keep 145 boxes of his official records — about 47 percent of them — under a 10-year seal. But there is ample evidence in the letters and e-mail correspondence between the former Vermont governor's counsel, David M. Rocchio, and the state archivist, D. Gregory Sanford, that a possible presidential race was indeed part of the discussions concerning how long to keep the records private.

Given the Doctor's willingness to repeat many of his own foolish statements, like that we're no safer with Ba'athism gone from Iraq, one can only wonder at what kinds of prior statements and writings even he thinks would be too embarrassing to risk revealing to the American people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 28, 2003 12:13 AM

Unless he has some anti-abortion statements hidden in there, if Dean can keep the records sealed through about the middle of March, the nomination is probably his, since the rabid anti-Bush wing of the party doesn't seem to care about any of his other remarks.

Posted by: John at December 28, 2003 8:28 AM

It isn't the crime, it's the coverup.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at December 28, 2003 3:21 PM