Howard Dean will be an independent adviser on healthcare and alternative energy to the clients of McKenna Long & Aldridge, the law and lobbying firm announced.
Dean, a physician, former Vermont governor, 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, and until recently chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will not be registered as a federal lobbyist in his role as senior strategic adviser and independent consultant, a spokeswoman for the firm said. In a news release, Gordon Giffin, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada who leads the firms public policy department, praised Deans fiscally moderate policies as governor and his network of relationships throughout the country.
Dean was mentioned as a long-shot choice for HHS secretary in the new administration and was a favorite for the job among liberal activists after former Sen. Tom Daschle removed himself from consideration. When it was confirmed that President Barack Obama had chosen Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Dean was quoted in published reports conceding hed wanted the job.