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Mon County Chair Resigns Says Pushkin Threatened To Expose Mental Health Issues

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Shane Assadzandi, Chair of the Monongalia County Democrats issued a public statement today in which he established the following:

  • At 10:04 AM – WV Democratic Party Chair Mike Pushkin and Executive Director Ryan Frankenberry called him to ask for his resignation effective today.
  • He initially declined citing his departure was already scheduled for May 8th.
  • He claims Pushkin & Frankenberry then called the Monongalia County Democrats Vice Chair, Mindy Salango and informed her she could ask for Assadzandi’s resignation today or they would convene a meeting of the WVDP Board of Appeals. Assadzandi says this process would include “sharing all of my Facebook posts about his mental health on a YouTube live stream.”

Comments of support flooded Assadzandi’s Facebook page condemning Pushkin for exploiting mental health issues and alleging incompetence.

Assadzandi had previously written a lengthy Facebook post in which he detailed some of the mental health struggles he had been experiencing.

A free service for mental health issues is available online at www.help4wv.com or by calling 1-844-HELP4WV. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness some 337,000 adults in West Virginia have a mental health condition (more than 7x the population of Charleston.)

This is a developing story that will be updated as information becomes available.

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  • Ron Gregory

    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.