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Saturday, June 07, 2003


Massachusetts for Dean!

posted by yoni cohen :: at Saturday, June 07, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Predictably, John Kerry gave the keynote address at this morning's Massachusetts State Democratic Convention. And as expected, he bused in hundreds of (mostly young) supporters from across the state to waive signs as he spoke. The big surprise? That it was wise he did so -- because otherwise Kerry would not have been so warmly received. The overwhelming majority of Massachusetts delegates were quiet during Kerry/s address. No delegate-led chants. Few signs. It seemed to me -- and the delegates I talked to -- that the Massachusetts rank and file aren't sold on their hometown Senator...

Importantly, MassforDean was out in full force, wearing lab coats and giving out literature on Governor Dean. Inside the convention, the group had a booth with campaign literature. Volunteers also played videos of Dean's recent speeches and signed up supporters -- including my State Representative!


Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, right, greets supporters outside the Massachusetts Democratic state convention, Saturday, June 7, 2003, in Lowell, Mass. Supporters of Kerry's rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, hold signs at left. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (via


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