Leslie Sexton, a credentials committee co-chair was allowed to read her minority report only after the crowd, including Hillary Clinton supporters erupted into a frenzy after the actions of Nevada State DNC chair, Roberta Lange. Lange had motioned to have temporary rules enacted, to which she received staunch opposition from the floor. Lange declared herself and her rulings unquestionable when the crowd failed to support her enactment of temporary governance rules.
“The ruling by the chair is not debatable. It cannot be challenged, and I move that – I announce that the rules have passed by the body,” Lange declared. She then left her post at the podium until the crowd forced the reading of the minority report.
“Without the opportunity to be heard, no delegate could be stricken. The actions of the credentials committee violates the spirit of the Nevada state delegate plan which encourages full participation in the democratic process, and it violates the spirit and values of our state and our nation,” Sexton read.
The temporary rules included changes in governance of the state party’s two-tier system. The first change, directly affected the outcome of the vote. It was the subject of a pending lawsuit and emergency motion due to the Board’s arbitrary enactment of changes to effectively negate Sanders power in the vote.
“Once they realized that there were enough Bernie delegates to take over the leadership of the Executive Board, they changed the deadline date for applying – 12 hours after they found that out,” attorney Robert Kern said. “The other part of this suit was these people suing because they changed that deadline to be nominated, with no notice.”
The second change affected the state DNC’s second tier and central committee members. Those members elected to two-year terms, would remain in power for life under the newly-created temporary rules. No member would ever have to leave unless they so chose to do so. According to Kern, that change contradicts state law.
“The Central Committee, the state law says has to reelected every two years,” said Kern in an interview with Adryenn Ashley. “They changed the rules to say that only the people who don’t want to stay on their position have to be reelected. Anyone who wants to, can stay as long as they want.”
A later motion was made for a recount, but was thwarted by Lange who took to the podium and adjourned the meeting without addressing the open recount motion or without motioning for adjournment.
The lights were shut off while the delegates and supporters were still in the room, with the state chair leadership being escorted out under protection of armed security.
Sanders surrogate, Ohio Sen. Nina Turner told the crowd of Sanders supporters to “Remain calm, but remain committed.” Turner had encouraged the crowd to remain at the convention until their voices were heard and Sanders was awarded the win as he deserved.
Kern said he wouldn’t be surprised if the National DNC didn’t distance themselves from the proceedings. “It is absolutely telling of the way the Nevada State Democratic Party’s been operating.”
The result of Lange and the state DNC’s actions ended with the convention awarding former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton more delegates than Sanders. Clinton netted 2 more delegates, adding 7 delegates to Sanders’ five. According to a report by The Hill, the Nevada Democratic Party said 58 Sanders supporters were denied because they either were not registered Democrats by May 1.
The Nevada Convention adds to the list of statewide controversies and handling of elections by the Democratic Party, with New York, Arizona, Nevada, Maryland, and California under scrutiny.
The state of Maryland on Friday, rescinded the certification of primary results in the City of Baltimore, calling for a hand recount of near 300 precincts.