I would like to understand Dwight's role as well from somone who heard what he said to the Board. Based on Claussen's vote and the general feedback at the meeting, the athletes did not support Hightower. For example, Becca Peter tweeted "Rumor is that AAC told athletes to #VoteStephanie" to which Will Leer replied "I'm sorry but you are mistaken."
I don't know Dwight or his motives to ignore what has been reported as "overhwelming support for Hersch among the athletes."
What I do know is that an organization can only live for so long in the shadows. All things need light to live and USATF either needs to turn on the lights or be prepared to wither away in darkness.