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DNC swiftly rejects plea by Bernie Sanders to remove Clinton cronies

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.”

“Gov. Malloy and Mr. Frank have both been aggressive attack surrogates for the Clinton campaign,” wrote Deutsch in his original complaint. “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. The chairs therefore cannot be relied upon to perform their convention duties fairly and capably while laboring under such deeply held bias.”
Despite being fellow Democrats and fellow New Englanders, Malloy and Frank — the first congressman to come out as gay —  have shown zero allegiance to Sanders and are indeed strong supporters of the former secretary of state. In fact, Frank wrote an op-ed in Politico in July 2015 titled, “Why Progressives Shouldn’t Support Bernie Sanders.”

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.

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