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Dean’s Former Group Seeks to Beat Lieberman

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said in an interview on Tuesday he was unaware that his former political organization had endorsed cable TV executive Ned Lamont (D) earlier in the day over Sen. Joe Lieberman (D) in the Aug. 1 Democratic primary.

Democracy for America, a political action committee that grew out of Dean’s unsuccessful 2004 White House bid, is now headed by Dean’s brother, Jim Dean.

Howard Dean said he has “no thoughts” about the fact that his former group is seeking to defeat a Democratic incumbent.

“I don’t talk to them,” Dean said, saying to do so would be a violation of campaign finance laws. “We don’t share information, we don’t talk politics. ... There’s no cooperation between the DFA and the DNC at all ... we remain neutral in primaries.”

Lamont easily won a place on the primary ballot by taking about one-third of the votes at the state Democratic convention last weekend — more than twice the percentage he needed.

Lamont, who has pledged not to seek or accept donations from Washington, D.C., lobbyists and interest groups, had a little more than $1 million in his campaign account as of March 31, after donating $500,000 of his own money. Lieberman had almost $4.8 million in cash on hand at the end of March.
— Stephanie Woodrow

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