Senior officials from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) have a rejected a request from the campaign of Bernie Sanders to boot Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank as co-chairmen on the convention’s platform and rules committees.
According to The Hill, Jim Roosevelt and Lorraine Miller, co-chairs of the Rules and Bylaws Committee, shot down the request in a letter to Sanders lawyer Brad Deutsch, saying they found no violation of the convention’s rules governing the conduct of elections or delegate selection.
“Having carefully reviewed your challenge, we find that it fails to meet the criteria for the foregoing reasons and pursuant to the Regulations and Bylaws Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Reg. 3.4(G)(i) we are compelled to dismiss it,” they wrote in a reply to Deutsch.
Deutsch sought to have Malloy and Frank removed from the panels in a letter that which roiled Democratic activists Friday night.
“Gov. Malloy and Mr. Frank have both been aggressive attack surrogates for the Clinton campaign,” Deutsch wrote in his letter to Miller and Roosevelt. “Their criticisms of Senator Sanders have gone beyond the dispassionate ideological disagreement and have exposed a deeper professional, political and personal hostility toward the Senator and his Campaign.”
Frank has previously criticized Sanders for “outrageously McCarthyite” tactics, suggesting that banks did not face criminal prosecutions after the 2008 financial collapse because of hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions from employees.
Malloy has been critical of Sanders over his stance on gun rights and the NRA.
Malloy’s state, Connecticut, was home to the Sandy Hook slaughter that claimed 26 lives including 20 elementary school children in 2012.