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Howard Dean blasts White House for treating liberals with 'contempt'

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean criticized departing White House aides for acting like 'they knew everything and we knew nothing.'

Former Vermont Governor, presidential candidate, and DNC Chairman Howard Dean speaks to reporters at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast Wednesday in Washington, DC

Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science Monitor

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Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean endorsed Chicago businessman Bill Daley, a rumored candidate for White House chief of staff, and criticized Obama administration aides who are departing for treating Democratic progressives “with contempt.”

Speaking at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast with reporters, Mr. Dean said, “The core issue is the contempt” with which not just progressives “but lots of people were treated by a group of senior advisers around the president who had been here for 20 years and thought they knew everything and we knew nothing. That is a fundamental flaw in any kind of administration.”

Dean, a former presidential candidate and Vermont governor, tried to steer the conversation away from naming specific departing advisers. “It was more than just [outgoing press secretary Robert] Gibbs or Rahm” Emanuel, the recently departed White House chief of staff, he said. “It was the whole mindset that was going on there.”

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