In this July 26, 2016, file photo, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Dean is announcing a bid to head up the Democratic party, a post he held during the Bush administration, in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s election. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has dropped a bid to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee, arguing the party needs a younger face.
“I really feel strongly that our party needs to turn itself over to the next generation,” Dean said in an appearance on MSNBC. “And I’m very happy to stay in the background and help coach whoever the chair is. I just think that one of the problems that we had in this election was we’ve got to connect more with young people, and that means not having faces like mine.”
MSNBC reporter Hallie Jackson added on Twitter that Dean, who served as DNC chairman from 2005 to 2009, was not ready to endorse another candidate for the job.
Dean made the initial announcement Friday through a video address to the Association of State Democratic Chairs, according to Politico.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has thrown his support behind Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota to become the party’s next chairman.
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