Dean’s strategy never looked better than it did earlier this month, when Democrat Travis Childers won a special congressional election in a conservative Mississippi district. Because of Dean, the Mississippi state party was prepared to help, including Terry Cassreino, a veteran Mississippi political columnist who became the state party’s communications director.
“They didn’t have anything back when I was covering the capitol, politics, and government,” Cassreino said. “They had maybe one staff person, and the Republican Party had a full staff. This obviously gives us a chance to compete.”