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Why The Hurry Mike?

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Mike Pushkin

Is it worth ruining a man’s reputation to be the leader of a 12 percent minority?

Absolutely, says one veteran politician. In this case, Kanawha Delegate and State Democrat Chair Mike Pushkin is the ruiner of Monongalia Democrat Shane Assadzandi’s reputation and 12 equals the Democrat delegates in the 100-member House of Delegates.

On the surface, it may be difficult to understand what Pushkin’s alleged threat has to do with the tiny Democrat Delegate team.

Here’s the theory but first a few facts.

Over last weekend, Monongalia Delegate Danielle Walker, who was also Pushkin’s party vice chair, was named executive director of the state American Civil Liberties Union. The appointment meant she had to resign her delegate seat and give up the party’s vice presidency.

So, according to my source’s speculation, that triggered what followed.

Early this week, Assadzandi posted on social media.

‘I want the world to know that West Virginia Democratic Chair  Mike Pushkin and Executive Director Ryan Frankenberry called me this morning, at 10:04 am, to ask for my resignation (effective today) as the Chair of 

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 Monongalia County Democrats,” he wrote.

“I declined to provide it given that my resignation was already scheduled for May 8th, so it felt a bit unnecessary.”

Ah, but there’s the rub we’ll come back to shortly.

“They then contacted our committee’s Vice Chair and presented her with 2 choices: she could ask me to resign today, or they would convene a meeting of the  WVDP Board of Appeals – a process which would include sharing all of my Facebook posts about my mental health on a YouTube live stream. It’s worth noting that this meeting would probably not even happen before the next 36 days are over, so I can assume that the sole purpose of such a meeting would be to humiliate me,” he continued.

“That’s where Shane is wrong,” said the politico. “It was absolutely necessary to have him resign now and his public humiliation was not their sole purpose.”

Assadzandi went on to say he had resigned as chair, effective immediately.

“And that gave them what they desperately wanted,” said the source.

He then outlined the procedure for replacing Walker as a delegate.

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By law, Governor Jim Justice is required to appoint a Democrat since Walker was one. The party’s local executive committee will submit three potential names. Justice will generally appoint from that list.

“Now do you see why Shane had to quit now?” the source asked.

“Mike wants to control the names that go to the Governor. He doesn’t want Shane in charge, getting the committee to send the names of three enemies of his (Pushkin’s) to Justice.”

He went on, “at one time, Pushkin wanted to be minority leader before they chose Doug Skaff. Maybe he still wants that job and figures another vote from Mon will help him down the road.”

Idle speculation or an educated deduction?

The reader can decide.

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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.

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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.