Well, THAT was fast.
One day after demanding the Democratic National Committee replace the co-chairs of the convention and rules committees, former Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, the DNC wasted no time in responding with a very firm, “no.”
According to The Hill, Sanders lawyer Brad Deutsch failed to specify in his complaint any 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,”Jim Roosevelt and Lorraine Miller, co-chairs of the Rules and Bylaws Committee, wrote to Deutsch.
However, according to The New Civil Rights Movement, Deutsch did include several examples of comments both Rep. Frank and Gov. Malloy have made that are critical of Sen. Sanders. And according to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, his letter demanding change in the platform and rules committees leadership ends “with a threat. If the Committee doesn’t kick Gov. Malloy and Barney Frank out of those leadership positions, the Sanders campaign will essentially grind the process of the convention to a halt.”
Sanders does have at least one member on the platform committee, reported TNCRM: Cornel West, a vocal critic of frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The Clinton campaign has not requested his removal.