If the October 12 meeting of the State Democratic Executive Committee wasn’t bizarre enough, with the struggle over competing by-laws, booing, yelling, and complete disregard of warnings issued by DNC Chair Tom Perez, there was this moment. Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley quite literally gave the back of her hand to the attorney the party brought to the meeting to provide advice. Seriously, she almost smacked the guy across the face. He responded with one of the best eye rolls in the history of the Internet.
Here’s what happened.
Worley refused to answer any questions about the party’s finances. Instead, she told questioners that the information was online and to go look it up for themselves (so we did!). Later, things got even more bizarre as competing factions sparred over which by-laws to follow and questioned whether the DNC would recognize even a single bit of business (other than the call to order and motion to adjourn) voted on at the meeting.
However, as SDEC member Matthew Brown pointed out, there was no reason for confusion! If the membership had any questions for the DNC or were curious about the national party’s expectations for the meeting, all they had to do was ASK. Harold Ickes, a member of the DNC’s Rules & Bylaws Committee was at the meeting. Any questions about by-laws and procedures could quickly be answered by the expert in the room. After Brown made his request, the party’s attorney leaned over to say something to Worley – possibly something like “Hey, you need to listen to this guy before you get in too deep!”
Buy Worley didn’t need his stinking legal advice, and she let him know it.
Suddenly becoming a stickler for proper rules and procedures, she noted that Ickes was not a “duly-elected” member of the SDEC, so he could only address the committee with “unanimous consent.” She asked if there were any objections, and there at least a couple of loud “NOs.” So Ickes sat quietly, in the back of the room, and took a plethora of notes on the rather unorthodox way this meeting was conducted. He later commented:
“The actions taken here, because they were not following the bylaws adopted last Saturday, are not going to be recognized by the DNC,” Ickes said.
Ickes said the continuing conflict is jeopardizing the participation of Alabama delegates in the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The DNC has not approved the state’s delegate selection plan. “I don’t know what the Rules & Bylaws Committee will do on that,” Ickes said. “But they are running a real risk of not being able to elect delegates to the national convention.”
You have to wonder, if the SDEC spends good money on legal advice and then refuses even to listen to it, what else are they wasting money on?