Hundreds of supporters from Democracy for Virginia joined an overflow crowd of nearly 2,000 at Capitol City Brewery last night for a grassroots kick-off to this weekend's Democratic National Committee Winter Meeting. (Great pics of the overflow crowd at Blog for America.)
Nearly 20 DFV volunteers helped to staff the event. With only one day of advance notice, DFA received a remarkable number of RSVP's. We actually had to start working crowd control nearly two hours before Gov. Dean was to arrive! It was a magnificent testament to the grassroots energy that Governor Dean brings to his role in party leadership. Pics below the jump!
Among the Democracy for Virginia leaders who met to talk with Gov. Dean prior to the event were (L to R) Jennifer Boysko, former staff leader for Virgina for Dean, Pat Smith, DFV Meetup leader from Occoquan, Julie Ide, former Virginia for Dean volunteer coordinator, Robin Crane, DFV Meetup leader from Richmond, Maura Keaney, DFV liaison to DFA, Sarah John, DFV Meetup leader from Falls Church, Dave Christensen and Matt Munsey, DFV Meetup leaders from Arlington for Democracy, and Eric Graves, DFV Meetup leader for Virginia Grassroots Coalition in Arlington.
(L to R: Maura Keaney, Julie Ide, Howard Dean, Robin Crane, Matt Munsey, Dave Christensen, and Sarah John.)
As Dean worked up the crowd, one of his supporters shouted: ''Give 'em hell, Howard!"
''I'm trying to be restrained in my new role," Dean said with a mischievous grin. ''I may be looking for a three-piece suit."
He paused and then burst out laughing. ''Fat chance!"
This image, captured by Melissa Berger of Democracy for Maryland, captures Dean's spirit -- giving a voice to the grassroots. Dean seemed relaxed, happy, and fired up for his new role leading the DNC.