BURLINGTON, Vt. -- U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday urged Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz not to stack the committees that will draft the rules and lay out the party platform at this summer's Democratic National Convention.
In a letter to the party chairwoman, Sanders said the makeup of the standing committees should reflect the relative level of support that he and Hillary Clinton received in primaries and caucuses. So far, Sanders has won about 45 percent of the pledged delegates. Both campaigns deserve a say at the convention this July in Philadelphia, the senator said.
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Sanders called Malloy and Frank "aggressive attack surrogates" for Clinton. He doubted that either would "conduct committee proceeding in an even-handed manner" and said the appointments of the two Clinton loyalists "suggests the standing committees are being established in an overtly partisan way meant to exclude the input of the voters who have supported my candidacy."
How the party leadership comports itself at the convention will affect Democrats' chances of winning the general election this November, the Vermont senator said.
The letter warned that if committee assignments aren't fairly allotted one result could be floor fights. Under party rules, minority reports may be brought before the full convention at the request of 25 percent of the platform, credentials and rules committees.
"If the process is set up to produce an unfair, one-sided result, we are prepared to mobilize our delegates to force as many votes as necessary to amend the platform and rules on the floor of the convention," Sanders wrote.
To read Sanders' letter to Wasserman Schultz, click here.