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Friday, May 16, 2003


Former DNC-Chief Steve Grossman to DLC: "Creating Conflict is Not Leadership."

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From the Dean Campaign...

For Immediate Release

May 16, 2003

Former DNC-Chief Steve Grossman to DLC: "Creating Conflict is Not Leadership."

BURLINGTON, VT - On Wednesday, the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) released a memo in which the DLC argued that traditional Democratic values are "an aberration" and that the thousands of grassroots Democrats inspired by Governor Howard Dean's message to "take back our party" are "activist elites" and not "real Democrats." Former DNC chairman Steve Grossman wrote to members of the Democratic National Committee in an email sent yesterday, criticizing the DLC:

"Having served proudly as National Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, I was disappointed by recent statements by the Democratic Leadership Council that disparaged Governor Howard Dean's record of fiscal discipline and social compassion. I was particularly distressed because DLC leaders chose to label tens of thousands of grassroots Democrats who are energized by Governor Dean's message as elitist.

"It is crucial that the Democratic Party have a frank and open discussion about the future direction of this party. It is a discussion in which Governor Dean continues to play a leadership role. The DLC should remember that such a discussion must include all members of the party, especially citizens who work hard at the grassroots to promote their candidates and their values, not because they're elitist, but because they share the Democratic Party's—and Howard Dean''—vision for a better America.

"It is a vision that includes fiscal responsibility, access to health care for all Americans, a strong foreign policy that promotes multilateral cooperation, a bold, forward-thinking energy policy, environmental protection, tolerance, and economic opportunity for all citizens. It's a vision that is proudly Democratic and proudly American. It’s the right vision for the future of our country.

"The DLC should remember that creating needless conflict is not leadership. There are countless Americans across the country who are inspired by Governor Dean's message and his optimistic vision for America. The DLC would do well to listen to those Americans instead of attempting to dismiss them."


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