December 10 2004, 5:50 PM
Wellington Webb continues to promote his candidacy for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee. The former Denver mayor and other candidates will make five-minute presentations to party officials this weekend in Orlando. Webb is expected to make the case that the new party head should come from a Western state.
"Our next chairperson should come from a 'red state' and should not be from inside the Washington, D.C., Beltway," Mr. Webb wrote in a letter to Democrats promoting his candidacy. A current vice chairman of the committee, Mr. Webb is also calling on Democrats to develop a message "to target Southern and Western states rather than writing off these important voting parts of the country before the election even starts." Like Dr. Dean, he is calling for building the party "from the bottom up," and is urging the party not to choose a leader with any ties to a 2008 presidential candidate.