Major Development in Aisha Dew investigation re: possible sabotage of Sanders North Carolina Campaign
I received a copy of the email Aisha Dew sent on February 11th to critical volunteers and staff of the North Carolina Sanders campaign where she explicitly stated that Reverend Barber did not want Sanders supporters at his events. As you know, Rev. Barber vehemently denied this claim as simply not true.
To save everyone's time, here is the text of the email I sent to Aisha Dew today:
Dear Ms. Dew,
My name is Steven Searls and I am Bernie Sanders supporter. I have contributed small amounts to his campaign and posted to various blogs on his behalf. For your additional information, I am a retired attorney living in western New York state, and a frequent blogger at Daily Kos, Booman Tribune and caucus99percent under the moniker, Steven D.
Recently, I came across videos by Mr. Niko House, President of the volunteer group, Carolina Students for Bernie Sanders, that made some serious accusations about your work as State Director for the Sanders campaign in North Carolina. I'm sure you have been made aware of them. In fact, I believe you issued an online denial of the claims he made, if I am not mistaken.
After contacting Mr. House myself, I decided to do my own investigation to see what was online that would either support any of his claims or demonstrate that they had no basis in fact. Yesterday, at the caucus99percent blog I posted a story detailing my initial findings. You can read it at this link: http://caucus99percent.com/content/my-investigation-so-far-claim-bernies...
I discovered that in November, presumably before you assumed your position with the Sanders campaign as its North Carolina Campaign Director, you tweeted an image of the Democratic Debate at Winthrop University on November 6th with the caption:
"@HillaryClinton enters the room. It's Electric!"
You also posted a photograph online of you and Debbie Wasserman Schultz , DNC Chair, on the Winthrop campus. That photograph was posted on November 8th. As you know, the DNC, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, have not exactly been on the best of terms with the Sanders campaign. One might even say the DNC has been actively antagonistic to Senator Sanders. Again, to my knowledge, this occurred a month prior to you taking a position with the Sanders campaign.
The most damning claim I investigated was the one where it was alleged that you sent an email to Sanders volunteers and campaign staff stating that Rev. Barber did not want Sanders supporters at his rally/event in February and that you told everyone to take down all his "HK on J" events (i.e., the HKonJ People's Assembly Coalition responsible for the Moral Mondays Marches) from all social media sites related to the campaign. Yesterday, when I posted my story, I had found only circumstantial evidence of this email on the FaceBook pages of various regional North Carolina for Bernie Sanders, which are documented in that post.
Today, however I received a copy of the actual email you sent on Thursday, February 11th, which reads as follows:
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 8:31 AM
To: Altriese Price-Bryant
, [Other recipients' emails deleted to protect their identity]
Please take down all HK on J events from social media. Rev. Barber does not want us to attend the event. He asked us to take the event down off of all social media.
We are still going to do something.
I have attached a screenshot of that email for your benefit.
Obviously, you are aware that Rev. Barber vehemently denied that he had told anyone at the Sanders campaign any such thing. So, in light of these documents would you care to explain or respond to:
1. Your tweet about Hillary Clinton at the Winthrop debate,
2. Your photograph with the DNC Chair on the Winthrop campus,
3. If you disclosed to the Sanders' campaign before they hired you any connection you had with Hillary Clinton, her campaign and/or DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz,
4. The details regarding your February 11, 2016 email, which stated Reverend Barber did not want Sanders supporters at his event, and in which you told all campaign offices in NC to take down all social media regarding said events.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Steven D. Searls
I am awaiting her response.