Southern Dems React to Dean

Former State Sen. Bill Owen, who ran unsuccessfully against Tim Burchett in 2002, is polling Tennessee Democrats on Howard Dean, the former presidential candidate and Vermont governor now in the running for the chairmanship of the national party, Georgiana Vines points out.

As it stands now, most state Executive Committee members are undecided, but Dean leads among those who have made their decision. State Democratic Chairman Randy Button is among the undecideds. Button, a Harriman native, has been asked by State Sen. Tommy Kilby (D-Wartburg) to vote against Dean.

I personally would be surprised to see Howard Dean carry a majority of Tennessee’s votes. However, if it does happen, it will almost assure him his chairmanship.

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