Just two months after holding its first national leadership convention, Ross Perot's United We Stand America (UWSA) has been shaken by a series of internal battles that have led to removal or resignation of at least six elected state chairmen and threaten elected leaders elsewhere.
Power struggles between the grass-roots, elected leadership and the Dallas-led paid staff - along with personality clashes in the states - have left once-loyal followers of Perot disappointed and disillusioned and threaten to weaken UWSA as an effective political force.
Gavin Mills, who was elected state chairman in Vermont and later to the UWSA national board of directors, was ousted last month after what he said was a clash with the Vermont state director. He charged UWSA is a grass-roots organization in appearance only and bitterly complained about the treatment he received at the hands of other members of the state board.
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