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Monday, September 26, 2005
  Local Dems to distance themselves from Dean and the lunatics in charge
Freudenthal says national Dem leaders too liberal for Wyoming: "State Democrats should distance themselves from liberal national party leaders whose agenda frequently differs from Wyoming, Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal told state party members at a meeting attended by a Democratic National Committee vice chairman.

Wyoming Democrats should instead focus on local issues that relate to Wyoming residents, Freudenthal told about 75 state Democrats Saturday night.

'This is a party that's not afraid of firearms,' Freudenthal said. 'It's a party where people are interested in whether the governor managed to shoot an antelope with one shot.'

'I don't care about Howard Dean,' he said, referring to the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

DNC Vice Chairman Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., who attended meeting, acknowledged that the national organizations had slipped.

'We lost touch at the federal level,' Honda said. 'Our job is to correct this with you.'

But Honda was careful to outline a role for the party in future elections, including placing those like Dean in context.

He said Democrats have learned a lot of hard lessons in the last few years and are ready now to move forward.

'We have a hard time deciding what our core values are and what are issues,' he said. 'Howard Dean gets that. He's going around the country talking to people.'

Local policy variances are also something that the DNC can accommodate, he said."
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