Simon Rosenberg has withdrawn his candidacy for Democratic
National Committee chair and has endorsed former Vermont Gov. and
presidential candidate Howard Dean in the Feb. 12 contest to succeed DNC Chair
"While we have not always agreed on every issue, I believe his passion for
our Party, his remarkable fighting spirit, his direct and powerful way of
speaking, and his commitment to bringing regular people back into our Party will
allow him to revitalize our Party and help us win again in the 21st century,"
Rosenberg said in a statement posted on his website.
The founder of the New Democratic Network said "my work and my commitment
to the Party that I love will continue at NDN. There I will continue to focus on
the three priorities for our Party that I spelled out in the campaign - crafting
a better agenda for our Party, investing in and building a better infrastructure
for our politics, and leading a new national commitment to nurturing the
grassroots. If we can do these three things and do them well in the years ahead,
we can once again become a vibrant, dynamic and winning Party."
Before Rosenberg withdrew, the state Democratic chairs indicated that Dean was
their first choice and the United Auto Workers also endorsed Dean.
Another Jewish candidate, former U.S. Rep. Martin Frost of Texas, withdrew after
the state chairs made their preference known.