MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A complaint to the Democratic National Convention says two male Vermont delegates were replaced by women in the name of “gender balance” and without adequate due process.
The complaint, filed by 21 Vermont Democrats, says the national party this month ordered the state party to replace Vermont Sen. Tim Ashe and party stalwart Ken Dean although Dean and Ashe were elected June 11.
Dean told The Associated Press on Wednesday about the complaint. It was filed with the DNC credentials committee.
Executive director Conor Casey of the Vermont Democratic Party said Thursday the state party was trying to follow national party requirements. A national party spokesman didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.
Dean, Ashe and their female replacements support Sen. Bernie Sanders over presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
This story has been corrected to show the complaint was filed by 21 Democrats on behalf of the two elected delegates.