Washington, DC-- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement today congratulating Governor Tim Kaine on his appointment to become the next chairman of the DNC:
“I want to congratulate Governor Tim Kaine on being named the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. I was actively engaged in Tim’s campaign for governor in 2005, and knew then he would become one of our Party’s great leaders. Tim's strong record of accomplishment has resulted in Virginia being named the best managed state in America and includes numerous important victories for Virginians including record breaking efforts in land conservation, increased funding for Virginia's schools and the newly approved rail transit line to Dulles Airport.
“Tim understands the importance of reaching out to everyone, standing up for our values and I know he will continue to build and strengthen our party from the grassroots up. Tim is the right choice to lead the Democratic National Committee into this new era of American politics. Democrats have made great gains over the past four years, but we know we still have work to do to ensure that we keep Americamoving forward as we support President-elect Obama’s agenda to address the critical issues facing our country.
“I also want to congratulate the Executive Director-designate of the DNC, Jennifer O'Malley Dillon. Her strong managerial and political skills make her well-equipped for running the day-to-day operations of the DNC, and I wish her the best of luck.”