I gotta give him loads of cred…
(Washington Examiner) – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has moved to oust two high-profile Democrats from their posts as chairmen of important committees at the national party convention.
Sanders dubbed Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and former Mass. Rep. Barney Frank “attack surrogates” for Hillary Clinton who should therefore be disqualified from their respective positions as co-chairs of the standing platform committee and standing rules committee.
“Their criticisms of Senator Sanders have gone beyond dispassionate ideological disagreement and exposed a deeper professional, political and personal hostility toward the senator and his campaign,” Brad Deutsch, Sanders’ campaign lawyer, wrote in a Friday letter to the Democratic National Committee, previously obtained by Politico. “The Chairs therefore cannot be relied upon to perform their convention duties fairly and capably while laboring under such deeply held bias.”
If Sanders succeeds in deposing these chairs, it will be a remarkable testament to his insurgent campaign’s newfound clout in the Democratic Party, not least because of his choice of targets. Frank is a hero of the progressive movement — the first openly-gay person to win a congressional race and an architect of the Dodd-Frank bill tightening regulations on the banking industry following the 2008 financial crisis.
The DNC rejected his demand to strip the two party officials of their posts, writing “we are compelled to dismiss it” in a letter to Sanders’ campaign.