Source: Green Party leader Annamie Paul sent resignation letter last week to save herself

The Green Party says it’s accepting Annamie Paul’s resignation as leader with immediate effect. In a statement issued late Wednesday afternoon, the party said it is giving Ms. Paul the “privilege of the opportunity…

Source: Green Party leader Annamie Paul sent resignation letter last week to save herself

The Green Party says it’s accepting Annamie Paul’s resignation as leader with immediate effect.

In a statement issued late Wednesday afternoon, the party said it is giving Ms. Paul the “privilege of the opportunity to continue to be Green Party leader but with a renewed commitment to the party’s mission and principles.”

The statement, signed by board president Laurie Palmer, said, “We welcome Dr. Paul’s new vision for the party and hope it is embraced by our members as well as the Green Party membership around the world.”

Sources have told Fox News that Ms. Paul submitted her resignation last week as both party and her own allies in the party saw her losing public support, as well as her ability to re-energize the party ahead of the upcoming national convention in Spokane, Washington.

Rep. John Pittenger, who is also a member of the Green Party’s governing executive committee and a former member of the US House, said he was also told that Ms. Paul submitted her resignation last week and that the executive committee had requested her to step down.

Members of the executive committee, a party source tells Fox News, believe Ms. Paul is in fact improperly violating the party’s constitution on the ground that she allowed the green party to vote her out of the leadership role in order to maintain control over the leadership of the party going forward.

The Green Party’s national executive committee is planning to hold a special meeting over the next few days in order to formally accept Ms. Paul’s resignation.

A special meeting is needed, according to a member of the national executive committee, to take up Ms. Paul’s resignation because no action has been taken under the Green Party’s constitution to remove Ms. Paul. The constitution allows the national executive committee to schedule a special meeting on the heels of someone’s resignation if no action has been taken in three weeks.

The national executive committee member told Fox News that Ms. Paul initially put off submitting her resignation to the Green Party in the middle of the night on Monday but that she did not give a reason why she wanted to take her leave of office.

“The suspension policy [under the Green Party constitution] states that people suspend their own personal political views unless they are currently being voted out of the leadership position by a majority vote of the party. It doesn’t say a leadership vote has to be taken by a majority of the Green Party membership. She [Ms. Paul] says this was not her personal political views she was being voted out of,” the source said.

A Green Party member, however, disputed that, saying that Mr. Pittenger is the only member of the national executive committee to have authorized her to submit a resignation as she believed she had violated the party’s constitution on the basis that she didn’t have a majority of the Green Party membership vote in her favor.

“I could hear from her [Paul] that she was just getting pummeled pretty bad by Green members, but I wasn’t there,” he said.

The source added that when asked why they were suspending her at first, Ms. Paul would come up with many different reasons. “She said she was being discriminated against and they were trying to silence her.”

Liz Bell, chairwoman of the Associated Independents for the Green Party of West Virginia and chairwoman of Green Party of Texas, said members of her organization have been working behind the scenes with Ms. Paul to mediate with the Green Party’s executive committee to find an amicable solution.

“We have worked hard to resolve this with her so she can remain an active member of the Green Party and move forward to our next national conference to revitalize and recruit new members,” Bell said.

She added that she had no indication Ms. Paul had stepped down as she was in close contact with Ms. Paul.

“I never got the sense that she had stopped working with members and all that, and I never felt she was intentionally not cooperating with the executive committee,” Bell said.

Michael Tannehill contributed to this report.

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