SACRAMENTO, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean campaigned to be the next head of the Democratic National Committee at a convention in Sacramento.
Dean urged the 600 Western DNC members and party loyalists Saturday to appeal to voters not as "mini-Republicans," but as "the party of centrists" dedicated to bringing "America back to a reasonable central moral position in the world," reported the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday.
Completing with Dean are: former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb; former U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer of Indiana; Simon Rosenberg, head of the moderate New Democrat Network; former U.S. Rep. Martin Frost of Texas; Donnie Fowler, former vice president for Democratic outreach for the Technology Network, a Silicon Valley advocacy group; and David Leland, former Democratic chairman in Ohio.
"It's two days after the Bush inauguration, and you have 600 people in the room here -- they're hostile, they're hungry, and all that will work to our advantage," said Bob Mulholland, campaign adviser to the California Democratic party.
Some 447 voting members of the DNC will choose the next chairman for a four-year term Feb. 12.