Thursday, July 17, 2008

An Open Letter To Howard Dean from The Denver Group

Dear Dr. Dean,
Through the wonders of the internet The Denver Group has learned that you have reportedly discussed us in an interview today. Since the purpose of our ads has been to make our points partly to you as well as the rest of the DNC and Democrats as a whole, normally we'd be pleased to know they are getting through to you. But based on the interviewer's characterization of your comments, we don't think you actually know much about The Denver Group, its founders, and its goals. The interviewer writes:
When asked about the ads criticizing him and Speaker Pelosi for Clinton supposedly not being on the ballot at the convention, he [Howard Dean] scoffed. Clinton will be on the ballot at the convention, and will be speaking there. Dean indicated that the rules were so clear on this matter, that the groups running these ads and spreading these rumors must be associated with the other internet rumors going around, such as Obama being a Muslim. He also speculated that McCain supporters might be behind these rumors.
No need for you to speculate, Dr. Dean. We are happy to tell you exactly who we are, what we expect of you and the DNC, and why your comment that Senator Clinton's name will be on the ballot is not enough. Senator Clinton's name must be put in nomination, not just "on the ballot" and the roll call vote to be a real honest and open opportunity for superdelegates to do their job under DNC rules and select the nominee at the Convention. Just saying that Senator Clinton's name will be on the ballot is not going to fool anyone. Being on the ballot counts for nothing if a candidate's name is not placed in nomination. More than 18 million Democratic voters would be pleased to hear you say publicly that there will be an open convention with Senator Clinton's name placed in nominaton and an open roll call vote.

Since the interviewer in question does not quote you directly and certainly has never asked us about our views on any of the matters you supposedly raised in relation to our group, we are not speculating as to what you actually said or what you actually believe or know about The Denver Group and its founders, Heidi Li Feldman and Marc Rubin. If you want to actually know and so that you have your facts right feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,
Heidi Li Feldman and Marc Rubin
for The Denver Group



29 comments:

DWPforHILL said...

Congratulations to The Denver Group for achieving so much so quickly!

I echo your remarks to Dr. Dean: "Senator Clinton's name must be placed in nomination, and there must be a genuine roll call vote."

Anonymous said...

Love it!! You tell 'em!
Denver Group rocks!

trist said...

Well, Dean's right about one thing. I don't think he'll be getting a second term whether he wants one or not!

Murph said...

Fantastic! He is such a complete coward to not even address the issue that he knows is foremost in 18 million voters minds. He needs to GOOOOOOOOOOO!

Annnie said...

his alleged response was pretty funny, considering it was Donna Brazile who was quoted in the WSJ as to whether the dnc should actually put her name on the ballot. So dean actually was referring to HER as the GOP. lol. what a dope.

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waiting4hrc said...

It is appalling that a person in such a position of responsiblity as Dean should be so careless and irresponsible with his comments e.g. guessing that a group about which he knows nothing is a Repub. group spreading rumors! HE has now spread a rumor! A professional response would've been 'I don't know but I'm going to find out'. He is stupid & arrogant (and therefore dangerous), just like Obama.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for addressing Dean with clear facts and calling him out for his ignorance. It's just another aberation that they speak in "tonues" almost - all saying different things, never addressing the truth. I am speaking as someone who has written to everyone in the DNC since February - only responses are from the inane/insane D. Brazile.

The Denver Group gives voice to millions who are not going down that 'any Democrat' path and who will not accept the machinations of a rogue political party. Thank you for all you do!

minty said...

Did you read the comments? Those are some naive low informational people. Obama is not employing a 50 state strategy to help down ticket dems to get elected. He is doing his own thing and siphoning resources off of the 50 state strategy.

Now they think the perfect alternative to Dean as Chair is someone from Obama's camp. There will be no party when all of this is through

Anonymous said...

By Dean saying that groups haven't really splintered off of the Democratic party and that they are actually *Republican operatives* is Dean - and others - not facing reality: the Democratic Party is split.

So typical.

This is why we win so few presidential elections...only two (Clinton and Clinton) in my voting life time!

Way to go, Denver Group! Keep calling them on it...this is the only way to regain our Party.

My check, albeit small, is in the mail!

TB said...

Those folks in Washington are really in an ECHO chamber.
Hello, Dean, Pelosi, Brazile, it is us-the critical thinkers, the edgewalkers, the brave scouts of the party alerting you to the fact that if you stay on current course, and continue to tell yourself we are republicans, we will lose in the fall.

Hello...anybody in DNC listening?

mm said...

Good letter. This is the very issue I have been concerned over. For the public to understand the difference between Hillary's name being on the ballot as opposed to being put into nomination is a big ask. It is a subtle yet significant difference that we need to find ways of highlighting. Otherwise, most of the public who listen to Dean say her name will be on the ballot, won't understand what the call for an open convention is all about. As long The Denver Group's profile is on the rise, there will be opportunities to make the difference clear. Any bets on whether you hear from Gov Dean?

Anonymous said...

This letter is so right on!

Thank you.

Anna

Jen the Michigander said...

Would it be possible for The Denver Group to sit down and meet with Howard Dean? Just a thought...

Anonymous said...

What Howard Dean may have smugly referred to as "rumor" was far from it. A few weeks ago I read at No Quarter, a report that Clinton's name was not going to be on the ballot. The info seemed well researched, but I thought I'd check for myself. I called the DNC headquarters in D.C. on two seperate occasions and both times were told quite plainly and clearly that he name would NOT be on the ballot. Both times I asked a follow up question, which was if this was something that had come from the Clinton campaign, and both times I was told that they had no idea what her campaign wanted but that since she withdrew from the race it was decided to remove her name (no exact quotes, but that was the gyst). So, either the DNC was confused about their own intentions a few weeks ago, OR they were quite clear in their intentions and have since changed them. In any case, having Clinton's name on the ballot as The Denver Group points out is not enough and none of us should be appeased to learn that it is on the ballot. Clinton's name must be placed in nomination and their must be a legitimate roll call vote.

Anna

diana said...

I have taken the liberty - with your permission - to make copies of both ads and the open letter from the Denver Group. These are modest black and white printouts, but nonetheless effective.

My intent is to display them tomorrow at our local Seneca Falls celebration in St. Petersburg, Florida. I have also copied portions of Heidi Li's column with quotes from Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Thank you for organizing and providing this valuable information, as it allows the rest of us to stay on message while getting the word out.

Please, everyone, contribute what you can to the Denver Group and to retire Hillary Clinton's primary debt. This last action alone would speak volumes and reverberate throughout, even to the DNC.
Thanks for all you do.
diana

Ongoingly said...

Oh, I think ol' Howie knows exactly who The Denver Group is, but by acknowledging that TDG is made up of committed Dems who are mad as hell and ain't going away he is giving the group and it's goals credence...not a pleasant thought for Mr. Howie. Much easier to publicly act clueless which is just another way of holding his hands over his ears and "la-la-laing himself into a false sense of security.

petunia politik said...

as always, utter perfection done with class. the hierarchy of the DNC as they like to fancy themselves, will once again hand a victory to the republican party. they wanted a shill, a puppet, not a clinton with clout who would owe them nothing. they may pretend that
we are all bluffing, will acquiesce under pressure, and will rally around the pre-SUMPTUOUS nominee who was selected. in truth, if dean has learned anything from his failed tenure as the dnc chairman and media clown during his presidential bid, it should be humility. kudo's, heidi li and marc.

Masha said...

Hillary's name MUST be put in nomination. It represents us, her 18 million voters. We'll stampede out of the Democratic Party if they don't!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, Denver Group! If the DNC mafia (pelosi, dean, brazille, reid)doesn't realize how enraged we, 18 million will be if usual procedures are not followed, they are living in a dark cave.

November will be the time to draw them out of it: After "The One" has lost!!

nomobama said...

This is the first chance that I had to read the letter that was written to Howard Dean from The Denver Group. I must say that it put a smile on my face for a few reasons. First, Howard Dean has heard of the group. Second, the letter was succinctly written with no chance of misinterpreting what was written. Third, it shows the Mr. Napoleon-lite (Dean) that disaffected Democrats are not rolling over and playing dead. The convention nears, and we are alive and kicking! ROAR!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with ongoingly's post. For Dean to act clueless about who The Denver Group is reminds me of his comment that he was unaware of all the misogyny in the media because he doesn't watch tv. Does this man think we're idiots, or what?!*

Anna

Anonymous said...

Thanks Marc and Heidi for all the great work you are doing! It is hard to believe that the DNC really doesn't care anymore about what used to be the core of the democratic party.

Keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that we all thank you for what you are doing and I wish that we had all come out sooner to help Hillary.

maggie said...

An excellent clarification -- I'm sure he should "get it" now -- NOT!

Anonymous said...

God Bless the Denver Group! Justice will be Served! Amen! Thank You!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Denver Group for helping the country hold on to what's left of Democracy after the DNC's slight of hand on May 31, 2008 with the Rules and Bylaws Committee.

Mirlo said...

Your letter must have lifted a few trolls from their socks! I saw the comments on noquarter and would say that this is putting exactly the necessary pressure where you want it.

samsgrandma said...

Part of me knows that Howard Dean and cohorts know very well what they have done during these primaries is unethical and they don't care. What can anyone do with that.
They must think that kind of behavior is "just politics" and we naive souls are just speed bumps.