For the past several months, Womack has been the party's point of contact with the states, identifying what they need and figuring out how the DNC can help them get it. To date, according to DNC communications director Karen Finney, Womack's staff has met with 32 teams of state party officials and plan to reach the fiftieth state by the end of July.
As political director, Womack will work with other elected officials and the various Democratic campaign committees, and oversee the party's national field infrastructure.
"I'm thrilled that Pam has officially joined the team," Dean said in a statement. "Her extensive experience working with state parties, governors, mayors, community leaders and campaigns will be invaluable as we implement our plan to rebuild our state parties and aggressively reach out to the grassroots, community leaders and elected officials in building a strong national and local democratic party in every state and territory."
Womack was previously the director of campaigns and elections at the DGA. That's where she first got to know the then-governor from Vermont.
One Notable subtraction: Maura Keefe, the affable Democratic strategist and former Hill chief of staff, has returned to Maine after thirteen long years in Washington, DC. She'll continue to advise the governor's team informally.
Keefe met Dean as a senior adviser for his presidential campaign and became an instrumental member of his transition team. She also oversaw surrogate booking for the DNC during the presidential campaign. Before that, she was the top aide for Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut.
Incidentally, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson told reporters yesterday that Dean was doing a "good job" as chair of the DNC. LINK
The Clintons of Chappaqua:
From the release about the "My Life" paperback edition: "Not only has President Clinton lost weight since "My Life" was first released, but so too has the book. The "trade" paperback "My Life" has shed approximately 16 ounces and costs over $17 less than the hardcover."
"Both the trade and mass market books include a new preface and an afterward, in which President Clinton details his life and work since leaving the White House in 2001, including his Foundation efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and promoting tsunami recovery with former President Bush. He also details his experience with heart surgery and the opening of his presidential library in Little Rock in November 2004."
"Doug Forrester won the Republican nomination for governor last night, edging out Bret Schundler at the end of an acrimonious seven-way race in which he spent more than $9 million of his own money to dominate the television airwaves," leads the Newark Star Ledger's Howlett. LINK
"The victory by Forrester, a wealthy businessman from Mercer County, sets up what is expected to be a free-spending contest against the Democratic nominee, Jon Corzine, with both candidates dipping into their substantial personal fortunes."
". . . Forrester, who became a multimillionaire by founding a company that manages pharmacy benefits, won the Republican nomination for New Jersey governor yesterday after vastly outspending six opponents to promise lower property taxes and a crackdown on the state's notoriously corrupt political culture," writes David Kocieniewski in the New York Times. LINK