2004-01-29

Dean baut Wahlkampfteam um

--- Howard Deans Wahlkampfkampagne hat einen neuen "Gesch�ftsf�hrer": Nach den Pleiten in Iowa und New Hampshire hat der Doktor einen alten Kumpel von Ex-Vizepr�sident Al Gore, Roy Neel, zu seinem Chefberater ernannt, so die New York Times. Es ist ja auch nicht sch�n, Ausgaben von fast 40 Millionen US-Dollar f�r das Rennen um den Pr�sidentschaftskandidaten sowie "the greatest grass-roots movement in the history of American politics" (Eigenbeschreibung des Dean-Teams) einfach so verpuffen zu sehen. "You're going to see a leaner, meaner organization," Dr. Dean, who has asked his 500 staff members to skip their paychecks for two weeks, told reporters on an 8 p.m. conference call. "We had really geared up for what we thought was going to be a front runner's campaign. It's not going to be a front-runner's campaign. It's going to be a long war of attrition. What we need is decision making that's centralized." The selection of Mr. Neel, a former telecommunications lobbyist who was an aide to Mr. Gore for nearly 20 years, on Capitol Hill and in the Clinton White House, is a stark shift for an insurgent campaign powered largely by political neophytes whose main message is overthrowing the establishment. He is the ultimate Washington insider, not unlike like those Dr. Dean derides daily. But campaign officials say Mr. Neel was hired to bring order and professionalism to the decentralized � often woefully disorganized � troops.

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