Catherine Smith, a prominent member of the Democratic Party of Georgia, came forward as the author of an email distributed to DPG Chair Mike Berlon, calling on him to resign “today.”
Berlon is accused of all number of ill deeds in his role, including his firing of the fundraising staff, overstepping authority, threatening members of the DPG Executive Board and violating the spirit of his office (that’s my interpretation of some of the charges).
As I said, not only is Smith a bigtimer within the DPG, she was one Berlon’s biggest backers in 2011 and 2007 when he ran for Chair the first time. That this comes a mere 14 months after his election is a perfect reflection of the sentiments toward him, from what I’ve gathered talking to members of the DPG.
If I had to make a prediction, I would say this is probably the first of many calls for his head. The one saving grace is I’m not sure who would step in for him. In my (very limited) talks, no one seems to think there is a replacement who is willing to step in and take over for the mess they will inherit.