Now the Democratic National Committee is involved in the Alabama Democratic Party’s problems.
Ralph Young, an elected member of the Jefferson County Democratic Club, filed a complaint last week with the national party, alleging that Nancy Worley violated a number of national party bylaws in her quest to be re-elected as party chair.
Worley won a contentious election over Montgomery attorney Peck Fox — a win that was aided by minority chair Joe Reed’s hand-picked 35 delegates.
In his complaint, which the DNC must review and Worley must respond to, Young alleged that Worley failed to file proper notice of the Aug. 11 meeting and also that the state party only considers African American members as minorities — a distinction that fails to recognize the national party’s gender and racial inclusivity bylaws.
Worley told the Montgomery Advertiser that Young is a “habitual complainer” and said she was confident that state party rules have been followed.
But following state party bylaws, instead of adhering to the DNC’s bylaws, is exactly the problem, according to Young.
“Alabama’s Democratic Party has fallen behind and isn’t in step with the DNC,” said Young. “Alabama Democrats still defines minority singularly, as African-American, while the DNC recognizes a full rainbow of diversity.”
The DNC is not likely to take up Young’s complaint until its winter meetings, which are scheduled for March.