Dem voice torn by factions

LOS ANGELES: Crafting a cohesive message proved an imposing challenge for the Democrats at their convention because of an internal struggle between the party’s diverse liberal factions and the influential, centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), convention sources said last week.

LOS ANGELES: Crafting a cohesive message proved an imposing challenge for the Democrats at their convention because of an internal struggle between the party’s diverse liberal factions and the influential, centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), convention sources said last week.

LOS ANGELES: Crafting a cohesive message proved an imposing

challenge for the Democrats at their convention because of an internal

struggle between the party’s diverse liberal factions and the

influential, centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), convention

sources said last week.



DLC press secretary Matthew Frankel, however, disputed the portrayal of

his group as a dividing force, claiming that its communication strategy

helped the Democratic party make significant gains driving the last

eight years. He also claimed that the strategy does not side-step

traditional liberal themes.



’We want to extend the winners circle of the New Economy so that all

people can reap the rewards,’ Frankel explained.



The centrist/leftist clash wasn’t the only challenge the Democrats

encountered in Los Angeles last week. The Gore campaign, attempting to

appeal to all facets of the party’s support, continued to struggle to

present a unified message.



But Patricia Murphy, press secretary for Senator Max Cleland of Georgia

(one of the critical battleground states in the upcoming election), said

she does not consider the months between the primaries and the

convention a lost opportunity for the Democrats.



’I think we were running into voter apathy,’ said Murphy. ’I think (the

convention) was the first time for people to see what the Democrats are

all about.’



Jubi D. Headley, Jr., director of public affairs for the United States

Conference of Mayors, attended both political conventions. He said his

group does not view the Democrats’ merging of civil rights and economic

prosperity agendas as mutually exclusive.



’Responsible economic policies must serve two purposes,’ he

explained.



’Job training enables workers to participate in the new economy, and

that stimulates the economic prosperity.’Headley added that he believes

the general public is still waiting to hear more from both parties.



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