Ex-Dean Campaign Manager Lands Job at MSNBC
Tuesday, February 3, 2004; 9:14 PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It probably won't prompt his former
boss to raise his fist and shout "Yeahhh!" but Howard Dean's
ex-campaign manager, Joe Trippi, made is debut on Tuesday as a
political analyst on MSNBC.
A week after quitting Dean's campaign following the former
governor's losses in Iowa and New Hampshire -- and fallout from
his widely mocked concession speech -- Trippi joined MSNBC's
election team for coverage of Tuesday's seven-state round of
primaries and caucuses.
Trippi was tapped to offer election night analysis along
with a group of pundits moderated by MSNBC's "Hardball" host
Chris Matthews, network spokeswoman Alana Russo said.
Other analysts, returning from last week's New Hampshire
coverage, included former Florida congressman and conservative
commentator Joe Scarborough, Democratic strategist Jacques
DeGraff, ex-Clinton White House spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers, and
Ron Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, Russo said.
MSNBC, a joint venture of the General Electric Co.-owned
network NBC and Microsoft Corp., anchored its coverage of
Tuesday's primaries from its studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.
It was unclear whether Trippi will remain with MSNBC beyond
Trippi, the Internet guru who helped propel Dean from an
obscure former governor of Vermont to the top of the Democratic
field, left Dean last week rather than take another campaign
post as Dean reshuffled his organization in a bid to regain
momentum after stinging defeats in Iowa and New Hampshire.
With Trippi's help, Dean raised $40 million by the end of
last year, more than any other Democrat, mostly through small
donations over the Internet.
The 47-year-old Trippi has worked for a series of past
Democratic campaigns, among them the failed White House bids of
Edward Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, and Richard
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