Monday, May 19, 2003
STATEMENT BY GOVERNOR DEAN IN RESPONSE TO DLC'S CHARGE THAT PUBLIC SERVANTS ARE "FRINGE ACTIVISTS" www.deanforamerica.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 19, 2003
STATEMENT BY GOVERNOR DEAN IN RESPONSE TO DLC'S CHARGE THAT PUBLIC SERVANTS ARE "FRINGE ACTIVISTS"
“Once again, the DLC has chosen to put their own political agenda ahead of the progress needed to unite the Democratic Party. This election has barely begun, and the DLC has repeatedly dismissed people who attend caucuses, who get out the vote, and now the 1.3 million members of AFSCME as ‘fringe activists’ who do not reflect ‘the mainstream values, national pride and the economic aspirations of middle-class and working people.’
“The DLC staff can say what they want about me, but they owe an apology to the 1.3 million members of AFSCME. Our teachers, our health care workers, and our state and local public servants don't need a lesson from Washington insiders about the needs and concerns of middle- and working-class families. What they need is a Democratic Party that will stand up for them.”
Read what the DLC had to say about AFSCME:
Read a sample of what thousands of Democrats and independents have written to the DLC in response to the DLC’s charge last week that grassroots activists were “elitist”: http://www.deanforamerica.com/site/PageServer?pagename=dlcresponse
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