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Howard Dean Says He Won’t Run For Governor of Vermont This Year

May 22, 2024

There won’t be a political comeback for former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.

The Democrat announced this week that he won’t run for governor against incumbent Phil Scott, a Republican.

Dean, 75, said he might have a shot at winning, but it would take a lot of fund-raising and a highly negative campaign against Scott.

“I don’t want to bring that to Vermont and I didn’t trust myself with three weeks to go to be nice and civil if I thought a couple of bad ads would put me in front,” the former governor told WCAX.

“I think the future of the party is 40-year-olds, not 75-year-olds,” he added.

Internal polls from a pollster called Change Research put Dean within 10 points of Scott in a hypothetical head-to-head, according to WCAX.

Dean served as Vermont’s governor from 1991 to 2003.

For a time he was the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, before finishing third in the Iowa caucuses, followed by a memorable election night speech that ended up with a screamed “Yeah!”

The speech, which was replayed many times on television news and on comedy shows, effectively ended his viability as a candidate for president.

So far, Esther Charlestin, co-chairman of the Vermont Commission on Women, is the only Democrat running for governor.


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