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Dean and the DFA

Chances are we'll all be seeing more of former Gov. Howard Dean around town now than we might have thought -- and he might have wished.

Huffington Post's Sam Stein is reporting that Dean, who recently stepped down as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, plans to be an active part of the Democracy For America grassroots activist organization based in South Burlington that evolved out of his Dean For America presidential campaign in 2004.

"I'll be most interested in their health care stuff," the physician-turned-politician told Stein. "Not only pushing for a health care bill but for one with meaningful reform." For a full read of the HP item, click HERE.

Dean's remarks came as President Obama was announcing his follow-up choice of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebilius to be Secretary of Health & Human Services, the post former Sen. Tom Daschle was supposed to get until some tax problems popped up and he withdrew his name. Dean admits in the posting that he wanted the HHS job but understands that the prez had decided to go in the proverbial "different direction."

That's not the only thing Dean's going to be doing. He says he also plans to share his wisdom about politics with interests across the globe, be a paid speechmaker, work with the National Democratic Institute and be a consultant for an international consulting company.

Busy guy, but I'll bet that if Obama decides to tap him for something, Dean's still available.

-- Sam Hemingway

Gov. Dean sent out a message through DFA saying he's officially back today! This is great news!

Come see Howard Dean at the 6th Annual DemocracyFest; July 17-19 in Burlington, VT! http://www.DemocracyFest.net
Now he's a high-priced Washington "consultant" just like Tom Daschle. Hope Dean-o remembers to pay his taxes.
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