Howard Dean said the DemocraticPartyneedstolookbeyondgetting homosexuals and minorities a place at the table and instead work toward getting them on the ballot.
“We’ve got to share power, not just responsibility, from now on,” Mr. Dean told about 200 people in Houston on Nov. 18 at the International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference, an annual gathering of homosexual public officials.
Mr. Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said little about issues such as same-sex “marriage” or discrimination laws, and instead addressed broader Democratic agendas, such as raising the minimum wage.
Flush from big Democratic gains in the Nov. 7 elections, Mr. Dean emphasized that the “new Democratic Party” reaches out to all citizens, even those less likely to vote for them. The downfall of the “old Democratic Party,” he said, had been its acceptance to represent half the nation.
“We’ve got to take the attitude: Everyone’sourboss,”Mr.Deansaid.
He then outlined the issues he thinks the party should focus on now that Democrats control Congress, including increasing college financial assistance and passing an energy independence bill, the Associated Press reports.