The Bernie Sanders campaign sought to keep two key Clinton allies from co-chairing Democratic National Convention committees at the Democratic convention in July, according to a report from Politico.
Now, according to the Associated Press, the DNC has rejected the Sanders campaign’s request.
The AP reported the DNC did not find that the complaint had merit and they were “compelled to dismiss it.”
In the original complaint letter obtained by Politico,, the Sanders campaign asked for both former Rep. Barney Frank (R-MA) and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to be stripped of their co-chair positions on their respective Standing Rules Committee and Standing Platform Committee.
Sanders’ council wrote “both Governor Malloy and Mr.Frank (the”Chairs”) have been harsh,vocal critics of Senator Sanders and equally active supporters of his challenger, Hillary Clinton.”
“While it is expected, acceptable and even desirable, that committee members and leaders at the Convention will represent a diversity of political views and presidential preferences,the preferences of party officials must not interfere with the fair and neutral administration of Convention business and procedures,” the complaint said.
The letter went on to explain specific incidences when the surrogates criticized Sanders.
“Mr.Frank’s animosity toward Senator Sanders dates back decades,” the later stated. “After Senator Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primaries in February, Mr.Frank wrote an opinion piece in which he professed his “resentment” toward the Senator. And Mr.Frank’s invective against Senator Sanders has only intensified as Senator Sanders has notched additional primary victories.”
In an interview with Politico, Frank offered an explanation.
“I think what you have here is this: Sanders is losing to Hillary Clinton because she is getting many more votes and many more pledged delegates. Some of [the Sanders supporters] are trying to lay the claim that he’s being unfairly deprived of this.”