Friday, June 20, 2003
Dean's "success surprises insiders" http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/6134703.htm
As Dean officially launches his candidacy Monday in Burlington, Vt., he has vaulted unexpectedly into the top tier of Democratic contenders.
"I was at a party dinner earlier in the year, and I was amazed at the people holding up Dean signs," said George Bruno, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "It reminded me of the Gene McCarthy campaign, these young people, with a freshness, an enthusiasm, an exuberance I haven't seen in politics in a long time."
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