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DNC denies party leaders in Alabama seats



MONTGOMERY – The Democratic National Committee voted on Saturday to deny seats to the two leaders of the Alabama Democratic Party after delays in complying with party policies had passed.

The DNC accepted the recommendation to revoke the mandates of the chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party Nancy to Worley and Deputy Chairman Randy Kelley. The sanction was imposed after the State party missed two deadlines to hold new elections for its positions and revise the party's statute.

A DNC spokesman said the move meant that Worley and Kelley were no longer recognized by the DNC.

Worley said Friday that she was expecting the action and downplaying its impact. Worley said she and Kelley will stay in their party positions.

"It should not affect anything in the state party," Worley said.

The lawsuit arose after appeals against the Worley and Kelley elections were filed last year. One challenge was that the election violated several rules to stack the deck in their favor. A separate request stated that the party did not meet the requirements of diversity.

National Party officials agreed and rallied in February after finding procedural irregularities in the Worley and Kelley elections last year. Party officials also ordered the State party to develop an action plan for a positive attitude and revise the statute to ensure the representation of other minorities, not just African Americans.

The DNC Committee for Mandates recommended on Thursday to revoke the mandates of party leaders in Alabama until new elections are properly held. They said the state missed the deadlines for spring and August to comply with the guidelines.


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