Seems friends of retired general and 2004 presidential candidate Wesley Clark are still after him to run. During the Association of State Democratic Chairs' meeting last week in Little Rock, Ark., Clark hosted a group from the Alabama Democratic Party for dinner at the city's political hub?Doe's. The group, reports our Suzi Parker, included the state director of the Alabama party and about 15 grass-roots folks who traveled from Alabama to meet Clark. The group believes Clark is the only hope the party has to win southern states. They strongly encouraged Clark to run in 2008. Clark's answer? The same as before: He isn't ruling out a run for president in 2008. Some Arkansas Democrats who also attended the meeting offered to form an alliance with the Alabama party to help their efforts and promote Clark in the South.
A little clarification is in order -- though we were there the same weekend as the ASDC meeting, we weren't there as part of an official Alabama Democratic Party contingent, though one of the people in our group was a high-level state party official. And it was actually 27 people, not 15.
But one thing is dead-on -- we're still promoting Clark in the South, and if he does make the official decision to run in '08, we're gonna work our asses off for him.