February 26, 2004
Trippi Reboots His (?) Movement

Joe Trippi is not wasting any time, that’s for sure.

Over on his new blog, Change for America, he’s begun pulling together the various pieces of the Dean movement into something new.

What is it? Well, it’s still taking shape. But the CFA founders have issued their first statement, the Cummings Creek Compact, in which they explain that they’re planning CFA summits to be held two weeks from now in ten cities across America. It will be at those summits that the shape and nature of CFA will be nailed down.

There’s gonna be one in Washington. What can I say? I want to go!

UPDATE: Interesting follow-on reading in today’s Boston Globe: “Dean, ex-manager battle for constituency”:

Is a movement about its leader or the person who put it together?

That question is fueling a behind-the-scenes struggle between Howard Dean and his former campaign manager, Joe Trippi, as they jockey for control of the campaign’s bounty of grass-roots supporters and search for personal direction after the former Vermont governor’s failed bid for the presidency.

Dean, who dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination this month, has been heading to his campaign headquarters in Burlington, Vt., each day. His agenda has included writing thank-you notes to supporters, surveying his debts, and plotting how to best steer the people who served as the lifeblood of “Dean for America” toward another cause he can lead.

Trippi, who pioneered the campaign’s use of the Internet for fund-raising and for building an online political community before quitting Jan. 28 when Dean told him he was placing a chief executive officer over him, has been spending time at his farm in Maryland overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Not only has he been an ever-present political analyst on television, he has launched a website similar in name to Dean’s — “Change for America” — and urged Dean’s former supporters to follow his lead.

Posted by Jason Lefkowitz at February 26, 2004
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