Skip to comments.NC Democratic Party chair resigns, unresigns, throws Tarheel Dems into disarray
Posted on 05/12/2012 7:23:30 PM PDT by markomalley
In the strangest turn of events produced by a North Carolina Democratic Party sexual harassment scandal, chairman David Parker resigned and then unresigned Saturday. After delivering his farewell speech. And after hitting the road to go home.
WNCN-TV17 reported that the partys executive committee held a lengthy series of votes, ending in a 269-203 decision to reject Parkers resignation outright. That left some in the party scratching their heads and others downright angry: Parker had announced his intention to resign weeks ago, and said he would hold a special election Saturday for a new chairman.
But before filling his seat, the party had to accept his resignation. Since party rules dont include anything about how to handle a resignation, Parker told the gathering in Greensboro that they should abide by Roberts Rules of Order which require a formal vote on whether to accept the resignation.
Since a majority voted nay, Parker isnt going anywhere. And since it was Parker himself who launched the voting process, party faithful told reporters Saturday that the result like the sexual harassment scandal that launched the whole episode is suspect.
In mid-April, now former North Carolina Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley resigned amid allegations, first uncovered by The Daily Caller, that he had sexually harassed former communications staffer Adriadn Ortega. Parmley and Parker reached a financial settlement with Ortega, including non-disclosure agreements.
After Parmley resigned, North Carolinas highest-ranking Democratic Party officials began calling for Parkers resignation over his handling of the scandal, with some complaining that he kept them in the dark. Outgoing North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton now the Democratic gubernatorial candidate demanded he step aside, as did the Democratic National Committee.
Just weeks ago, an unnamed national DNC official said that Parker was a man without a party.
Hes operating out of a hotel in Raleigh outside of the party structure and without the support of staff, the national party or any significant party official or elected official, the official said. Hes isolated and that isolation will only increase until he makes the decision that is not in his best interest but in the best interest of the party. The status quo is untenable. He needs to step aside.
Democratic National Committee executive director Patrick Gaspard who the left-leaning Huffington Post calls President Barack Obamas glue man praised Parkers decision to resign. David Parker made the right decision to resign effective immediately following the next executive committee meeting of the NCDP, Gaspard said. This is in the best interest of the Party. The NCDP should convene this meeting as soon as possible.
But on Saturday, Parker may have been influenced by other party leaders to stay on the job. The News & Observer newspaper reported that as vote after vote was held, rumors swept the hotel that had everyone from Gov. Perdue to the White House twisting his arm.
Parker said later that he had spoken with people who represent candidates who you are going to elect in November.
Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse didnt immediately respond when TheDC asked for comment on how Parker escaped the promise he made to his party, and to North Carolinians, by staying in his position.
The Associated Press reported that Lt. Gov. Dalton is not happy with how Parker handled the meeting Saturday. The LT Gov is surprised and disappointed, a Dalton spokesperson said. David Parker had assured him that he would resign and assist in the smooth transition to a new chair. Clearly that did not happen.
Regional Republican National Committee spokesman Matt Connelly said, too, that Parkers rapid about-face is further evidence that the Presidents ground game and national convention are in absolute turmoil in the Tar Heel State.
In early September at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama will accept his partys re-nomination to seek the White House. That meeting will be in Charlotte, North Carolina. Obama won the states 15 electoral votes in 2008, but by the narrowest of margins just 14,000 votes.
Why don’t they replace him with a good NC Democrat—John Edwards?
Yeahbut - is he gay? That’s a more important issue.
They love me!!!
They really love me!!
The dems are going to have a tough convention in NC. This could be shades of '68.
North Carolina Democrats.
Always entertaining. I need to go buy some more popcorn.
Where is that picture of Flounder saying “This is going to be great”,.
He’s their “wide stance” guy.
Coincidence? Biden made sure he's lost NC by forcing his gay marriage views public. He wants out of NC now because he screwed up any chance to win it.
Was he a Communist before he wasn’t a Communist?
Why would a Democrat resign over a sex scandal.
Democrats have proven time and time again that sex scandals do not matter.
Even Poor Mary Jo who may have been pregnant when Ted Kennedy drowned her did not matter, after her parents were bought off.
Dave (stigmata, albatross, omen) Parker for the NC DEM’s......and by default for Obama.
The cross roads of this, the DNC convention and Obama finally coming out of the closet......”Hehehehe...”.
The last good NC Democrat became a Republican, but some political cartoonists have a good analysis:
Hoping the National DemoRAT Party implodes just like the NC DemoRAT party is currently doing. Their convention in a Right to Work and a Defense of Marriage state ought to be a real doozy.
Time to make some popcorn !
Yeah, if by, chance add in OWS and you have the exact combination necessary!
This is suspicious.
The most recent edition of RONR may say something different but the 1915 version says:
Not a swing state now.
Nailed it - if too many do "Spitzers", the precedent of bowing out for aggregious torts might take hold and they will be no more...
Well, how did the old Russian soviets do it? I thought they already used this as a model.
Since a majority voted nay, Parker isnt going anywhere. And since it was Parker himself who launched the voting process, party faithful told reporters Saturday that the result like the sexual harassment scandal that launched the whole episode is suspect
Wait, are they accusing themselves of vote fraud?