Just hours after the controversial presidential reform bill, Bill 89, was declared passed by the Speaker of the Federal Legislature, Prime Minister Tristan Calvani, former President, and head of the DLPA, Earl Washburn, left the party and resigned his position as governor of the Massacavut Capital District.
Bill 89, which would allow email ballots in Amerada elections, and give the President definitive powers to carry out needed reforms of the legislative and executive branches of the nation, was declared passed by the Speaker with a 4 to 2 majority in favour. Washburn, who believed that the bill would fail from a 3 to 3 tie, was furious when he found out that Prime Minister Calvani had broken the DLPA party line and voted in favour of the bill. Feeling betrayed by the Prime Minister, Washburn immediately posted his resignation as DLPA leader and as the Governor of MCD, stating that he doesn’t want to be in any position where he’ll be in contact with Calvani. Washburn later sent an email to Mr. Calvani telling him to “go to hell” according to Calvani.
The event has become indicative of the DLPA caucus since Washburn’s defeat in the December 2002 Presidential Elections. Many within the caucus saw Washburn’s defeat as a sign that they were “free” from Washburn’s leadership tactics to do as they pleased in the legislature. Due to this caucus “revolt”, Amerada’s oldest party, considered by many to have ruled like a dictator due to the laws it passed during its stranglehold on the legislature, is now on the verge of complete collapse. Despite winning the last by-election just last week, the party has been plagued by the end of Washburn’s iron grip on the party line. As soon as Washburn was defeated in the December elections, one member defected and joined the Amerada Anti-Partisan Coalition (AAPC), the party of President Bridgewater. The AAPC has since begun to take seats away from the DLPA and is now in a position to have a powerful influence on the legislature since most DLPA members are inactive.
Washburn is now considering starting his own political party in Amerada. The Bill 89, is currently in legal limbo, as Washburn has filed a motion with the Supreme Court to dismiss the law as not being passed because, as Washburn puts it, 4-2 is not a majority-plus-one as he meant it to be in the law that he wrote. President Bridgewater stated that because Washburn wrote the law, his interpretation is not necessarily correct. The main problem with the law is that Washburn failed to define what constituted a clear majority. The Supreme Court will have a decision next week sometime on the issue. For now, an era has ended in Amerada history.