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January 29, 2005

Rosenberg, Dean Pick up DNC Votes

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

While many more DNC votes will likely be made public after this weekend (and while Frost is busy makeing the Dean v. Frost race about ideology again instead of reform), Rosenberg and Dean make their final round of DNC endorsements.

First, Dean picks up the endorsement of former DNC Chair candidate Harold Ickes, the best indicator of what the Clintons may be thinking...

While Ickes would not comment on the Clintons' preferences, he is a close ally and would not be endorsing Dean against their strong objections. No one was immediately available in Sen. Clinton's office to comment.

Ickes said Dean "has a real ability to communicate with people in leadership, but also to grass-roots and average Americans. He understands the need for party building."

Ickes' endorsement comes at a critical time in the chairman's race and gives Dean almost 50 of the more than 215 votes he would need to win the post.

Also, Dean picked up just under 20 more DNC votes today, many from California, but a mix as before.

Steven K. Alari - California DNC Committeeman and DNC Executive Committee Member

Jeremy Bernard - DNC Member-at-Large

Rachel Binah - California DNC Committeewoman, Former Chair of the Environmental Caucus, California Democratic Party

Mary Ellen Early - California DNC Committeewoman

Ed Espinoza - California DNC Committeeman

Jimmie Farris - Tennessee DNC Committeewoman

Hon. Mike Fitzgerald - DNC Member, Chair of National Association of Democratic State Treasurers

Alice Huffman - California DNC Committeewoman and Chair of 2004 Democratic National Convention

Hon. Pete Jorgensen - Wyoming DNC Committeeman

Johnnie Patton - Mississippi DNC Committeewoman

Alexandra Gallardo Rooker - California DNC Committeewoman, Vice-Chair of the California State Democratic Party and Vice President CWA Local 9400

Aleita J. Huguenin - California DNC Committeewoman

John A. Perez - California DNC Committeeman and UFCW Local 324 Political Director

Garry S. Shay - California DNC Committeeman

Smith Bagley - Former DNC Finance Vice-Chair

Hon. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.)

Hon. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)

Debra DeLee - Former Chair of the DNC and CEO of 1996 Democratic National Convention

Hon. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.)

Notice the Labor tags on a couple of those endorsements. Could be indicative of where labor is going, or at least that Dean is making sure he isn't getting left out with that crowd.

Also, Rosenberg announces 4 DNC votes, bumping him up in the "DNC Votes Not From My Home State" category. DNC Members Mark Bryant (MO), Gloria Nieto (At-Large, NM), and Moretta Bosley and Jo Etta Wickliffe (KY) are behind him now. (The Simon for Chair website is down so I have no link.)

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at January 29, 2005 12:43 AM | TrackBack


If my memory recalls correctly, it was Dean's supporters who went after Frost on ideology first... I don't see why Frost isn't entitled to defend his record from such attacks, then make some distinctions of his own.

Posted by: Byron L at January 29, 2005 11:21 AM

Indeed, Ickes' support will make Clintonistas at least willing to give serious consideration to voting for Dean.

And Hillary's association with Dean might cause some of the Hillary-bashers on the left of the party to speak more kindly of her.

Posted by: Tim Z. at January 29, 2005 01:15 PM

Byron - I don't think these "attacks" were on ideology -- I haven't heard that Frost is insufficiently liberal (which is the argument against Roemer), but rather that he's insufficiently partisan.

I still haven't heard any good reasons for why Frost had to say "stood with President Bush" half a dozen times in that ad. I don't think we'd be hearing this if Frost's ad read: "Sessions was so out of the mainstream that he voted against the bipartisan consensus of the president, the Democrats, and 95% of his own party. Martin Frost is a Democrat who can work with President Bush to help make your values part of the law" or some such.

Do you seriously not realize that's what pisses people off? I agree with you and Jim that it was a fine idea to paint Sessions as part of the lunatic fringe, but there are literally thousands of better ways to make that point than to list off/priase notable Republicans.

I keep hearing "that's the only way he could win!", only the truth is, it wasn't, he didn't, and rather than showing how Democrats are different/better than Republicans for ordinary people, it creates the appearance that Democrats ought to just phone it in and follow the GOP. I doubt that's what Frost wanted (he just wanted to win), but you have to admit that that's one hell of a bad lead-off to a campaign for DNC chair.

Posted by: Matt W. at January 30, 2005 03:00 AM
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