Braun’s exit from the Democratic presidential primary field has been anticipated for months, and the die was cast once she received federal matching funds. Braun had no staff to speak of, and was basically getting by with the help of political friends in Chicago.
While Dean campaign staffers will insist that Braun’s endorsement was the result of a growing friendship between the two candidates, it came after a week of negotiations that included — according to a Dean campaign insider — promise of a cabinet position in a Dean administration should that come to fruition.
“Nothing was promised, nothing was discussed,” says another Dean staffer. “But you can be sure both candidates are committed to keeping the friendship going after all the votes have been tallied.”
The fact is, though, that Braun’s entire campaign was predicated on promises made and kept, so why should her dealings with Dean be any different. Her entry into the primary race came after intensive talks with DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe, who was looking for someone to blunt the effects of a run by the Rev. Al Sharpton. That Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was quietly supporting her — also to blunt Sharpton’s influence, but only in New York — didn’t hurt either.
In the end, Braun didn’t have to do much heavy lifting, Sharpton’s campaign has fizzled, and Braun barely registered in most polls. Now Braun will hit the road for Dean. She was scheduled to appear in Iowa with the Vermonter, then do some work for him in South Carolina.
But where Dean most wants her to expend some effort, however, is with NOW. Dean has been pressing the women’s group for an endorsement ever since he made an appearance at one of their conferences last summer and received a warm reception. “An endorsement from NOW would pretty much cap things for the campaign at this point,” says the Dean staffer. “Kerry and Gephardt want it badly. For us to gain it early would further diminish the other guys in the race.”p>
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