UPDATE: Howard Dean bows out of DNC chair election

UPDATE 2 — 12/2, 5:37 p.m. EST: On Friday, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean took his name off the table for Democratic National Committee chair, citing prior commitments. 

Other candidates to head the DNC in an official capacity include Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and New Hampshire and South Carolina Democratic Party chairmen Ray Buckley and Jaime Harrison.


UPDATE — 11/14, 4:45 p.m. EST: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) announced Monday he will seek the DNC’s chair after much speculation, especially following the party’s humiliating loss at the ballot box on Election Day.

Ellison has a long-list of prominent Democratic endorsements, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, Chris Murphy, Harry Reid, Rep. Raul Grijalva, and Hawaii Democratic Party chairman Tim Vandeveer.

“Having worked on elections and social movements with Keith Ellison for more than two decades, I can say I have never seen him campaign only for himself,” said former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “More a community organization than a politician, Keith has used every campaign to protect every voter’s rights, expand our party’s base, include those left behind and elevate new leaders.”


Declaring his party is in need of a complete overhaul, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean announced his intent to run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Thursday.

Dismissing questions over his age and ethnicity, and boasting of his success the first time he served in the role from 2005–2009, Dean told Bloomberg: “I don’t believe in going back, but the party’s in big trouble and I have the best record of any DNC holder I think in history.”

Dean is expected to contend with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison for the role. O’Malley tweeted Friday that he is “[t]aking a hard look at DNC chair because I know how badly we need to reform our nominating process, articulate a bold progressive vision, recommit ourselves to higher wages and a stronger middle class, and return to our roots as a nationwide, grassroots party.”

Dean oversaw sweeping gains for Democrats in the House, Senate and White House during his tenure at the DNC.  In 2007, Democrats seized control of the House for the first time since 1995 and wrestled control of the upper chamber in the same year.

A former general practitioner in private practice, Dean served in the Vermont state House of Representatives before being twice elected lieutenant governor.  Dean ran for governor of Vermont and was reelected; he is the longest-serving governor in Vermont’s history.

Dean’s 2004 presidential hopes unraveled following an excited moment, known as the “Dean Scream,” after placing third in the 2004 Iowa primary.

After departing the DNC, Dean has been employed with global law firm Dentons.


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