My investigation (so far) into Claim that Bernie's NC campaign was sabotaged by HRC moles (Now w/ New Niko House video)
UPDATE: Niko House's newest video has just been posted so I am putting it here. Slicker than the prior ones:
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For those of you who do not know to what my title refers, please check out this short essay by fentress. It's not completely accurate on the specifics, but the gist is this: Niko House, President of the Carolina Students for Bernie Sanders, has alleged in a series of three YouTube videos, in which he accused Aisha Dew, a paid Sanders' campaign staffer and the North Carolina State Director at Bernie Sanders for President of being a DNC or HRC mole, who deliberately sabotaged the efforts of Bernie's North Carolina campaign, by cancelling events, creating a rift between the Sanders' campaign and Rev. Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP and the leader of the Moral Mondays movement, refusing to meet with local politicians who wished to endorse Bernie, and generally making it more difficult for volunteers to get Sanders' message out.
I spoke to Mr. House on the phone briefly today (about a half hour). He's a passionate young man, speaks very rapidly (much as he does in the videos) and skips from topic to topic quickly, which sometimes made it difficult for me to follow him. However he did relate to me several specific claims about Ms. Dew that I have tried to research on my own while awaiting further documentation as to what she did. Some of these are in the nature of guilt by association, but all things considered I thought it worthwhile to provide a record of them.
Here's that tweet with her caption: "@HillaryClinton enters the room. It's Electric!"
— Aisha O. Dew (@AishaDew) November 7, 2015
What strikes me as odd, as I'm sure it does you is how she wrangled an invite to the event, since these debates were invitation only. What is also odd, of course is her enthusiasm regarding a candidate against whom she would be working to defeat one month later in North Carolina. For the record, I found no corresponding tweet by her regarding Bernie's entrance on the stage that night.
Again, perhaps she just loved seeing Hillary, despite being an ardent Sanders' supporter, or at least someone willing to work for Sanders. That said, the next image is also questionable, her adoration of ...
2. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the DNC
On January 24, 2013, she shared the following photograph and post from DWS on her Face Book Page:
Now considering that everyone in the Sanders' campaign knew or should have known that DWS was an HRC supporter and was using everything in her arsenal as head of the DNC to see that Bernie would lose, this is a very strange item to find on the FaceBook page of any high profile staffer for Sanders, or at least I would think so. But perhaps not so strange considering that Aisha Dew had met DWS and taken a selfie with the Chair of the DNC as you can see for yourself, below, on on or about November 8, 2015, a month before starting her job with Bernie. In any case it was posted less than 48 hours after attending the DNC debate in which she was so excited to see Hillary, and taken on the campus of Winthrop University, which suggests it may have been taken the same day as the debate.
Ms. Dew is the President of her own political consulting firm, The Dew Group. Maybe she is just trying to stay on everybody's good side. After all, business is business. The trouble is, that Niko House claimed to me that Ms. Dew was responsible for the rift between the Sanders' campaign and Reverend Barber (one that ultimately involved Daily Kos), when he said she sent an email out to various volunteers and field offices claiming that Rev. Barber did not want Sanders supporters to attend his February 13th March:
Yesterday I woke up to a shocking email from the State Coordinator for North Carolina for Bernie Sanders. It put the brakes on three weeks of work organizing to bring Bernie supporters together for HKonJ, the Mass Moral March, tomorrow. Aisha Dew wrote: “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.”
Many at DKos claimed this person was a troll, and that the Sanders' campaign in North Carolina had done no such thing.* I have asked Niko House to please dig through archived emails to find this one. However, in the meantime, I found corroborating evidence that someone in the head office of Sanders' North Carolina campaign had indeed ordered that all references to Rev. Barber's event be taken down. Furthermore, the order was given that all buses the campaign had agreed to provide to Sanders' supporter as free transport to Raleigh for that event also had been cancelled. Here are the screenshots of Facebook posts from three field offices that Ms. Dew set up in Brunswick County, Wilmington and Western North Carolina that support Mr. House's version of events:
The identical first two sentences are found in both the Brunswick County and Wilmington field office FB posts: HKonJ EVENT CANCELLED. This Event is being cancelled as the NAACP no longer wants Bernie Supporters at the event. These FB posts from Sander's field offices are also consistent with the claim made by the Sanders' volunteer quoted in the Daily Kos diary of February 17, 2016 in which she claimed Dew sent an email to her and others informing them that Rev. Barber wanted no Sanders people at his march:
Aisha Dew wrote: “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.”
The most telling comment is by whoever wrote this on behalf of "The Western North Carolina for Bernie Sanders" office:
All official organizing events for the HJonK march on the bernie campaign site's Events map have been deactivated. This is across the map and effects every bus and caravan event that was listed on the campaign site. Whether the NAACP claims it is true or false the Bernie campaign has responded to something by deleting all events. All such events are still up on the Hillary campaign site. I can not sort out truth from fiction but I do know a big ole fat monkey wrench when it starts grinding gears to toothless.
This is almost exactly to what Niko House told me over the phone today regarding the clusterf#$% that occurred between the Sanders' campaign and Reverend Barber. It could not have been more damaging to the campaign from a PR standpoint and from the standpoint of demoralizing volunteers, many of whom had been long time Moral Monday's participants. I find it difficult to believe that this was accomplished without the knowledge of the Director of Bernie's campaign in North Carolina, Aisha Dew. You are free to draw your own conclusions, of course. But it is either representative of massive incompetence from a political operative who is a former Chair of the Mecklenberg County Democratic Party and a veteran organizer and director of many political campaigns, or it was a deliberate act to harm Bernie's chances in a critical primary election.
As soon as I fond out more, whether from my own digging or from materials provide by Mr. House, I will update you all on this story. In the meantime, it seems that there is more than enough smoke regarding Niko House's allegations of misconduct to suggest there very well be a fire burning within the highest reaches of Sanders' staff, and not only in the North Carolina campaign headquarters, but possibly other states as well that have not yet voted.
* I have since seen the emails she described in her post. She is not a troll.