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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic National Committee leaders embraced feisty party boss Howard Dean on Saturday and urged him to keep fighting despite a flap over his blunt comments on Republicans.
After a meeting of the DNC's 40-member executive committee at a downtown hotel, members said Dean was doing exactly what they elected him to do -- build the party in all states and aggressively challenge Republicans.
"I hope Governor Dean will remember that he didn't get elected to be a wimp," said DNC member Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a South Carolina state representative. "We have been waiting a long time for someone to stand up for Democrats."
Dean took fire from Republicans and some Democrats earlier this week for a series of recent comments, including calling Republicans "pretty much a white, Christian party" and saying they "never made an honest living in their lives."
"Howard Dean is going to be much more aggressive, much more outspoken and much more of a risk-taker outside the Beltway than any chairman has been. We knew that," said Alvaro Cifuentes, chairman of the DNC Hispanic caucus.
"We have to get our politics out of Washington. We cannot continue to be held captive by party leaders who I respect but who have to play their own local politics," Cifuentes said, calling congressional Democrats "timid" and the flap over his comments "mostly a Beltway play."
Several DNC members said Dean had done what he promised -- shift the party's focus to local races rather than concentrate solely on the White House, and pump money into "red" states dominated in recent years by Republicans.
Western Democrats said they were thrilled Dean attended a regional meeting in Helena, Montana, last weekend. "How many Democratic chairmen have gone out to Montana?" asked Steven Alari of California.
"When we elected Dean we knew we were getting a leader who would be good at organizing the base and getting the message out to the American people, and that's what he's doing," Alari said. "He's our guy."
I LOVE you Mr. Dean! I mean that from the bottom of my dark, conservative, white, Christian heart. I really do love you man.
In the last few weeks I have seen a rise in hate mail from the contact page on my article site where this very article has posted. 75% of this hate mail is calling my website racist? WTF? Is there ANYTHING in ANY of my 132 page website that could be considered even remotely close to "racist" by definition? NO! NOT ONE THING!
(Maybe one thing?) :shk:
Islam is a cult — a killing cult. America shuts down killing cults. Then let’s do it. Islam is labeled as a world religion. Is it? If you want to categorize it as that, go ahead. But it’s more than a world religion. It’s a killing cult. And that foremost.
I am 25 years old and work about 50 hourse per week online, and then another 25 hours per week on a PAC that I am director of. We do not work? WTF are you talking about? What world are you in Mr. Dean? It sure isnt a world of reality.
Originally posted by Carseller4
Hear Howard "Scream" Dean sing along with Ozzy!
Originally posted by Carseller4
But Howard, you need to do a little bit better job of raising money. Don't want you to get axed so quickly, that would ruin the whole plan.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
I don't sleep with corporate shills and Dean doesn't speak for me.
"This Republican Party of Lincoln has become a party of theocracy." U.S. Representative Christopher Shays, R-CT, (New York Times, March 23, 2005)