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.