WASHINGTON -- Marianne McInerney's stormy tenure as president of the American International Automobile Dealers Association is over.
Several sources said Monday that McInerney's office at AIADA's Alexandria, Va., headquarters had been cleaned out.
Reached late Monday, former AIADA Chairman Buzz Rodland said McInerney had resigned and that the association would issue a formal statement. Chairman Don Hicks could not be immediately reached.
AIADA hired McInerney, 42, three years ago to replace longtime President Walter Huizenga. Her advocates on the AIADA board members hailed her for energetically taking the organization of import-brand dealers in new directions.
But long-rumored tensions surfaced in the past six months, largely over McInerney's pressure on the board to create an in-house political action committee.
A sharply divided AIADA board officially created the committee at the beginning of this year. Board members acted over the objections of other dealer groups, some import-brand manufacturers, and some of AIADA's own leaders.
Disgruntled AIADA members said the PAC controversy reflected other troubles in the organization.
Sources said McInerney left after Hicks and Rodland met with her late last week.
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