Howard Dean considering bid to chair Democratic Party
Monday November 08, 2004
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Former presidential candidate
Howard Dean is considering a bid to become chairman of
the national Democratic Party.
Steve Grossman, himself a former chairman of the
Democratic National Committee, said Dean had told him
he was thinking about it.
Dean was traveling today in New York and unavailable
for comment. His spokeswoman, Laura Gross, said ``it
was far too early to be speculating on that.''
The 240 members of the Democratic National Convention
will elect a new chair early next year. Several names
are already being mentioned, including former Clinton
aide Harold Ickes; Donna Brazile, who ran Al Gore's
presidential campaign, and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.
Dean has been outspoken since the beginning of his
presidential bid in saying that the Democratic Party
must establish a separate and unique identity from
The next chairman will replace Terry McAuliffe, whose
term is ending.