Barack Obama is mobilizing and is actively becoming the leader of the Democratic Party.
Obama’s campaign has announced that Howard Dean will remain head of the DNC, addressing rumors that he might be replaced with a candidate chosen by Obama himself.
Dean’s large-scale effort to build party infrastructure in all 50 states had been met with mixed reviews and have been criticized by Democrats nervous because of the DNC’s dismal financial situation. Dean’s beliefs fit well with Obama’s strategy – being competitive in every state and getting massive wins in traditionally red states.
The Obama campaign has said that Barack Obama will ask the Democratic National Committee to no longer accept money from federal lobbyists or political action committees (PACS). Obama will ask Paul Tewes, a key advisor, to help the DNC with its fundraising operation, which has been ineffective even while Obama raised millions over the past several months. Tewes will be Obama’s insider at the DNC and his focus is to make sure that the Democratic Party and Obama are in sync.