Initially I was just aware that there had been a minority report. Below is the text, without names, that comes from NV Dems Medium story about the event. You can find the whole story here.
On the false and wildly inaccurate accusations that there were 64 potential Sanders delegates in question who were “denied” by the State Convention’s Credentials Committee on Saturday:
- Six of the 64 potential delegates were seated as delegates after investigation.
- The remaining potential delegates were ineligible for two main reasons: 1) They were not registered Democratic voters in Nevada by May 1, 2016, and 2) Their information — such as address, date of birth and name — could not be found or identified, and they did not respond to requests from the party and campaigns to correct it.
- Only eight of the ineligible delegates even attempted to register at the State Convention.
- The so-called “minority report” about these ineligible delegates was not written by the Credentials Committee — it was written by national Sanders campaign staff on site. A member of Sanders’ National Delegate Operations Team drafted and arranged for a member of that committee to attempt to deliver an incendiary report that caused chaos and violence at the convention. It was inaccurate, misleading and subsequently discredited by the Credentials Committee.
- The Credentials Committee, the panel that made decisions on these issues, was co-chaired by supporters of both campaigns and the membership of the committee was also equally divided between supporters of both campaigns. This was done to ensure that the entire process was fair, transparent and accountable for both campaigns and their supporters. The committee worked diligently and cooperatively all day, under incredibly trying circumstances, to be fair and impartial in its work.
As I mentioned before, I also know someone who was on the Credentials Report and when I saw this article from Fox News, I saw these quotes attributed to Leslie Sexton.
“Contrary to procedures and precedents set by the committee, nearly none of the 64 people were presented with the opportunity to be heard by the committee or to demonstrate that they are registered Democrats,” Sexton said.
The Nevada State Democratic Party said 58 of those excluded Sanders supporters were denied for reasons such as not registering as a Democrat by May 1 or due to a lack of personal information. Of the 64, six were “allowed to be seated after their appropriate information was provided,” the party said. Eight Clinton supporters were denied delegate status for similar reasons, The Las Vegas Sun reported.
The person from the Credentials Committee is the one that informed me that it was an outright lie. Before the convention, the Clinton campaign challenged 64 potential delegates. Sanders campaign was in the room and failed to provide a similar list. Still, the implication in the Minority Report is that these people had not been heard. As the NV Dems report mentions, 6 of the 64 were seated, 8 were turned away and the rest never even tried to get credentials. Since the vote difference was so small (just over 30 votes) the idea that delegates that would have won the day had been dismissed without hearing would have of course been incendiary.
Since I posted this response, there has been additional information. An official letter sent to the DNC names Adam Gillette as the person who crafted the minority report and had Sexton try to present it. The full letter is here. The relevant section is here.
“The most egregious instance of the Sanders Campaign inciting disruption — and yes,violence — came as the State Convention’s Credentials Committee completed its work.Adam Gillette, part of National Delegate Operations Team for the official Sanders Campaign, drafted and arranged for a member of that committee to attempt to deliver an incendiary, inaccurate, and wholly unauthorized “minority report” charging that the Credentials Committee had fraudulently denied 64 Sanders delegates their eligibility. The final delegate count had provided the Clinton Campaign with a 33 delegate advantage in the hall; one can imagine the rage occasioned by this inflammatory charge, tossed into the tinderbox of a tense convention hall. Not only did this discredit the work of the Credentials Committee — which featured five Sanders delegates and five Clinton delegates and a Sanders co-chair, and who worked all day under extremely trying conditions to be fair and diligent in their duties — it called into question the entirety of the proceedings because it indicated to an irrational minority that the proceedings had been rigged against them. Forcing their way onto the dais to deliver this paranoid fantasy of fraud and delegate theft was clearly intended to throw the proceedings into disarray. It succeeded.
From that moment on, there was little hope for any peace or mutual understanding and respect between Sanders delegates and the NSDP; the mantra became simply that the convention had been stolen from the Sanders Campaign. Never mind that six of the 64 potential Sanders delegates referenced had been seated after investigation, or that most of the remaining 58 potential delegates had been disqualified — appropriately, and by a panel evenly split between the campaigns — for not being registered Democratic voters in Nevada. Never mind that the same Credentials Committee had disqualified Clinton delegates for various reasons as well. Never mind,further, that just eight of those 64 potential Sanders delegates even attempted to register for the State Convention. All that mattered was the creation of a narrative of fraud and dispossession, which the Sanders Campaign fomented intentionally for its own political gain. This was an unconscionable act by an official Sanders Campaign representative,with full knowledge of its likely impact on the convention”
Taken all together, it is clear that Sexton and Gillette, either of their own volition or as a suggestion from someone else, lied in such a way that it inflamed tensions beyond control.