Howard Dean announced Thursday that he will run to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee for a second time.
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“The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again,” Dean tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Dean, a former Vermont governor, served as DNC chair from 2005 to 2009.
In an interview with Bloomberg Politics, Dean said the party needs to be “rebuilt from the ground up.”
“I don’t believe in going back, but the party’s in big trouble, and I have the best record of any DNC holder I think in history.”
During the 2006 and 2008 elections cycles, Democrats gained 52 House seats, 14 Senate seats, 7 governorships and the White House in 2008. During his DNC tenure, Dean focused on a 50-state strategy and to build up the party even in more Republican strongholds.
Dean’s progressive group, Democracy For America (DFA), had endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary, but the former governor supported Hillary Clinton.
After a few shakeups at the DNC and major losses for Democrats on Election Day, the party is eyeing new leadership.
On Thursday, Sanders endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to be the next DNC chair. Ellison was an early endorser of Sanders in the Democratic primary.
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