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Friday, October 03, 2003


Dean Team Takes Root in Minnesota!

posted by Christopher at Friday, October 03, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Dane Smith is reporting on Dean's incredible team in Minnesota. Ted Mondale is doing a great job leading the charge, along with other DFL luminaries like Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and State Auditor Judi Dutcher. Together they have put together a grassroots network of 4,000 across the state to help Dean grow over the next four months heading into the primaries:

"Howard Dean's Minnesota campaign strutted its stuff Thursday, releasing a list of 37 prominent DFLers who back the Democratic presidential candidate and claiming to have rounded up 4,000 grass-roots supporters ready to march into next March's precinct caucuses.

Ted Mondale, a former legislator and Metropolitan Council chairman who is leading the former Vermont governor's Minnesota campaign, said Dean is assembling a coalition that includes both moderates, like himself, and liberals, such as state Sens. Becky Lourey of Kerrick and Scott Dibble of Minneapolis.

Dean's aggressive and creative use of the Internet to assemble supporters at nationwide "MeetUps" has been particularly visible in Minnesota. It will be on display Monday as the campaign conducts an electronic event billed as "the largest conference call in the world," his supporters said.

A third Democratic candidate generally perceived to have a large following in Minnesota is Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry. Hubert (Buck) Humphrey IV, a spokesman for Kerry's Minnesota campaign, acknowledged that Dean has "done a good job" putting together a Minnesota team."


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