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Oct 29, 2001

AMA Backs Down On Attempt To DQ Take Back The AMA Slate

Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>AMA officials have apparently blinked and backed down from an attempt to disqualify Take Back The AMA reform candidates Kevin Schwantz, Jeff Nash and John Ulrich from the upcoming Trustee election, to be held in December.<BR><BR>After Schwantz, Nash and Ulrich overwhelmed the incumbents in nomination ballots, AMA President Rob Rasor sent the three a letter apparently seeking to disqualify them using a new interpretation of AMA bylaws, an interpretation which had not been used before and which would have also forced the disqualification of half the existing Board.<BR><BR>After receiving a strongly worded rebuttal from Ulrich detailing the precedent set by existing Trustees and rejecting the new interpretation of the Bylaws, Rasor apparently throught better of that particular "dirty-tricks" approach to the democratic process.<BR><BR>According to insiders, Rasor came up with the letter following consultation with AMA Chairman Rick Gray, an attorney from Pennsylvania.<BR><BR>For the text of Rasor's letter and of Ulrich's rebuttal, click on the "Read how AMA officials are trying to sabotage the election" line at the top of the homepage.<BR><BR>Schwantz, Nash and Ulrich have each now received a letter from Greg Harrison, AMA Vice President, Communications, which states:<BR><BR><BR>Let me congratulate you for being nominated for the ballot of the AMA Board of Directors. Please don't forget that we require a black-and-white head shot of you along with your background and platform (200 words or less) by Thursday, November 1, in order to create the election ballot. As in the past, feel free to reference your own personal website which can be incorporated in the ballot information. You can send this information to the attention of Tracey Powell who will route it to the appropriate person in the communications depertment.<BR><BR>If you have any questions, please don't hesistate to contact me at (614) 856-1910, Ext. 1228.<BR><BR>Greg Harrison, Vice President<BR>Communications<BR><BR><BR><BR>(Ballots for the election will appear in the January issue of the official AMA magazine, American Motorcyclist, which will be mailed in early December.)