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Dean named chairman of Democratic Party
|Last Edited||COSDem Feb 12, 2005 03:32pm|
|Media||TV News - CNN|
|News Date||Saturday, February 12, 2005 08:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean took the helm of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, vowing, "Today will be the beginning of the re-emergence of the Democratic Party." |
Dean, 56, won the chairmanship on a voice vote of the 447-member committee after six other candidates dropped out in recent weeks.
He immediately laid out his vision for rebuilding a party clobbered in recent elections, leaving it out of power in the White House, both chambers of Congress, and a majority of governorships.
"Republicans wandered around in the political wilderness for 40 years before they took back Congress.
"But the reason that we lost control is because we forgot why we were entrusted with that control in the first place," Dean said in his acceptance speech.
"The American people cannot afford to wait for 40 more years for us to put Washington back to work for them."
"It won't take us that long -- not if we stand up for what we believe in, organize at the local level, and recognize that strength does not come from the consultants down. It comes from the grass roots up."