Outgoing NC governor belatedly calls for state party chair’s resignation over harassment scandal

posted at 1:56 pm on April 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Over the weekend, I predicted that the scandal in the Democratic Party in North Carolina would prove more embarrassing than impactful.  So far, I’m still right about the embarrassment quotient.  After Governor Bev Perdue scolded a reporter for asking about the scandal, she reversed course yesterday and suddenly demanded the resignation of the state party chair:

The chairman of the state Democratic Party is expected to resign after an avalanche of top elected officials called for his ouster Tuesday amid revelations that he authorized a secret agreement to pay a former staffer to keep quiet after making sexual harassment allegations.

Gov. Bev Perdue, after refusing to comment on the issue for days, said she told Chairman David Parker that “he had lost the confidence of Democratic leaders, and I asked him to step aside for the good of the party.”

Her statement came hours after five statewide Democratic elected officials also asked him to step down in a controversy that cost the party’s executive director his job earlier this week.

Hey, it’s not as if Perdue knew about the scandal before the Daily Caller reported it a few days ago, right?  Wrong:

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue admitted late Tuesday evening that she has known about the allegations of sexual harassment within her state’s Democratic Party for at least several months.

“My team first heard of the personnel matter at the State Party late last year,” Perdue said in a statement. “They promptly relayed these rumors to the party officials responsible for handling personnel matters — the Chairman and the party’s legal counsel, who were already aware of the issue.” …

Perdue’s admission came mere hours after she called for her state party chairman David Parker to resign over the scandal. Before that, Perdue had told a local reporter pressing her on the sexual harassment issue to “get over it,” while dismissing the case as just a “personnel matter.”

So … the matter was so minor that Perdue told a reporter to “get over it,” and then hours later it was so important that the state chair has to resign?  Looks like an awful lot of people knew about these allegations for months, all the way up to the highest-ranking official in the state, and no one seemed interested in doing anything about it until it leaked to the media.  That makes this a bit more than a mere “personnel issue,” as do the sudden demands for Parker’s exit. It’s now a political hot potato that Democrats want to pass off to anyone else.

A spokesman for the state GOP suggested that this scandal could be the reason Perdue decided to retire after one term. That’s possible, but Perdue didn’t announce her intention to retire until the end of January.  Her decision probably had more to do with her own declining popularity, not altogether unconnected to Perdue’s idiotic suggestion last September to postpone Congressional elections in order to relieve politicians from accountability so that they could solve the nation’s problems, which her office unsuccessfully tried to pass off as a joke later.  The problem for Democrats is that Perdue is showing the same kind of political incompetence and pouring a little more gasoline on this fire.

In the end, this probably won’t change very many votes in North Carolina next November, at least not in the presidential election.  It might make organizing for the election more difficult for Democrats, but Barack Obama and the economy will have that effect anyway.  Democrats fighting for state and local offices may end up paying a big price for this scandal, though.


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In the end, this probably won’t change very many votes in North Carolina next November, at least not in the presidential election.

What election?

Sincerely,
Bev Perdue

Doughboy on April 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I’m getting doggone tired of these scandals…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I did not realize that Florence Henderson is governor of NC.

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Christien on April 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

So … the matter was so minor that Perdue told a reporter to “get over it,”

Well handled. She must have been having a five martini lunch with the great NC Democrat known as Hooeryew Etheridge.

forest on April 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Wow, creepy picture! She looks like she is describing to her fellow cultists how the planet they’re gonna end up on will look like. Just wait a few more days for our intergalactic brethren!

Valkyriepundit on April 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I buy Tyson.

msupertas on April 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM

On the one hand the dems are saying nothing happened, but on the other hand they are sure acting like something awful happened.

Usually they just stonewall accusations of sexual malfeasance, but in this case the accused resigned and they’re looking to fire the party chair…

dogsoldier on April 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I’m getting doggone tired of these scandals…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

They have such cool names…

dogsoldier on April 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I did not realize that Florence Henderson is governor of NC.

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Christien on April 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Ha!

LASue on April 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Ah well. The Democrats didn’t need North Carolina anyway.

KingGold on April 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Yet another photo that demands a caption contest.

Fuquay Steve on April 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM

NC is worrying. It’s a fantastic state yet they not only broke for Zero but they also elected this woman as governor.

What’s up NC? Too many transplants invading?

CorporatePiggy on April 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I’m not up to speed on this, but is this a continuation of the war on women! or was the harassee a guy?

These are, after all, strange times.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Ah well. The Democrats didn’t need North Carolina anyway.

KingGold on April 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM

LOL

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I wonder what the State Dog is in North Carolina???…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

So, sexual harassment is “just a personnel matter” to these Democrats?

That’s nice to know.

ButterflyDragon on April 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Why does everything the Democrats initiate end up with someone getting screwed?

Archivarix on April 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM

So, sexual harassment is “just a personnel matter” to these Democrats?

That’s nice to know.

ButterflyDragon on April 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

It worked so well for Bill Clinton.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I’m not up to speed on this, but is this a continuation of the war on women! or was the harassee a guy?

These are, after all, strange times.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Same-sex sexual harassment. Men.

ButterflyDragon on April 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Why does everything the Democrats initiate end up with someone getting screwed?

Archivarix on April 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM

It’s the party of Bill Clinton.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM

CorporatePiggy on April 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Precisely. The town of Cary is well known as the letters supposedly standing for “Containment Area for Relocated Yankees.” They are beaking containment.

PatriotRider on April 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

The Plot Hound

PJ Emeritus on April 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Speaking of Bev Perdue, before she became Governor she was Lt. Governor and presiding officer of the state senate. In that role, she unethically used procedural moves (like saying that Republican Senators were “out of order” when they were not, and claiming that what Republican Senators were saying was “not germane” when it was) to prevent any bill that would have put on a ballot (for voters to decide) a Constitutional Amendment regarding marriage.

Since the Republicans won control of both houses of the state legislature in the 2010 elections (for the first since Reconstruction!)…

The May 8th NC primary will include the following on the ballot:

Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.

o For
o Against

ITguy on April 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

“In the end, this probably won’t change very many votes in North Carolina next November, at least not in the presidential election.”

Well, Obama didn’t win NC by “very many votes” in 2008.

Greg Q on April 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

no one seemed interested in doing anything about it until it leaked to the media

Of course not! Democrats got ethics! No ‘war on women’ here!

GarandFan on April 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Her decision probably had more to do with her own declining popularity…

Might be a little more

“In November, three of her former 2008 campaign aides were indicted on obstruction of justice charges following a grand jury investigation that found a staffer was allowed to work off the books.”

Hey, maybe Teh One can call Fast and Furious just a “personnel matter” and tell people to just “get over it.”

eeyore on April 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

BREAKING:

Obama places dogs on the Endangered Species List…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Perdue is in the Hank Johnson wing of stupidity.

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Why is it always the Democrats screwing the women?
The govenor chastised a reporter for reporting it!
How dare he! Only make believe Republican instances are allowed to be reported….Where’s Gloria Azzwipe?

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

NC is worrying. It’s a fantastic state yet they not only broke for Zero but they also elected this woman as governor.

What’s up NC? Too many transplants invading?

NC has only had 2 Repub governors since Reconstruction. It’s just now turning red on the state level. Republicans took over the state government for the first time in 100 years after the last election. Pat McCory (R) is all but guaranteed to become the next governor, and I’d be suprised if Romney doesn’t carry the state comfortably.

therightwinger on April 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I wonder what the State Dog is in North Carolina???…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

North Carolina designated the plott hound (Canis lupus familiaris) as the official state dog in 1989.

SouthernGent on April 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

That’s a spooky looking woman in that photo.

jan3 on April 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

They have such cool names…

dogsoldier on April 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I LOLed DS.

good times my friend…

JusDreamin on April 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM

NC is worrying. It’s a fantastic state yet they not only broke for Zero but they also elected this woman as governor.

What’s up NC? Too many transplants invading?

CorporatePiggy on April 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Democrats controlled North Carolina’s legislature since 1899 till last year. They’ve also controlled the governorship for 100 of the last 112 years. They’ve also hold a majority of the congressional delegation since the Reconstruction. And they’ve elected freaks like John Edwards and Kay Hagan as Senators just in the last 10 years.

Democrats have a very high floor in North Carolina as long as the blacks turn out. If they manage to get a good percentage of those former yellow dogs in the coast, they win.

I do believe Obama won’t win NC this time around though. He’ll poll the entire cycle around 49% of the two party vote and end up with exactly that. High floor, low ceiling.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Her decision probably had more to do with her own declining popularity, not altogether unconnected to Perdue’s idiotic suggestion last September to postpone Congressional elections in order to relieve politicians from accountability so that they could solve the nation’s problems, which her office unsuccessfully tried to pass off as a joke later.

Could it be that the powers that be knew she was on the way out, so she got the task of first floating that trial balloon?

That way, later it won’t be as much of a shocker when someone else proposes it?

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson

Chip on April 18, 2012 at 2:45 PM

More ugly on the inside makes it to the outside in a National Socialist Democrat Party female member in good standing.

jukin3 on April 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

So was that har-ASS-ment, or HAIR-es-ment? Just want to make sure we have a clear understanding of what was involved.

Dee2008 on April 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

What election?

Sincerely,
Bev Perdue

Doughboy on April 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Yeah, really.

But I do appreciate Bev Purdue for being idiot enough to let the mask slip and show the liberal democrat fascist face for what it is. Elections? We don’t need elections WHILE THERE IS A CRISIS (that we created) going on!

wildcat72 on April 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM

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williamg on April 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

What election?

Sincerely,
Bev Perdue

Doughboy on April 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Yeah, really.

But I do appreciate Bev Purdue for being idiot enough to let the mask slip and show the liberal democrat fascist face for what it is. Elections? We don’t need elections WHILE THERE IS A CRISIS (that we created) going on!

wildcat72 on April 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM

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Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM

williamg on April 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that, mind repeating?

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

She must have been having a five martini lunch with the great NC Democrat known as Hooeryew Etheridge.

McCrory’s all but won this. The R’s are looking to pick up 2-4 US House seats due to redistricting. Too bad Kay Hagen isn’t up this time or she would be gone too.

Trucorgi on April 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM

She must have been having a five martini lunch with the great NC Democrat known as Hooeryew Etheridge.

Hooeryew Etheridge is running for Bev’s seat LOL.
McCrory’s all but won this.

Trucorgi on April 18, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Does the donkey party of NC have a duty to warn job applicants that employment there might literally be a pain in the rear?

platypus on April 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM

So the Dem candidates for Aunt B’s governorship had a little debate last night. Larry, Moe and Curley spent no time attacking each other, but railed against the nasty NC Republicans who just refuse to spend any money. The big hoot is Bev and the Three Stooges are griping about money for the ‘chidrun’s educashun’, although the state (under Mike “The Felon” Easley) passed an unpopular state lottery with the express purpose of funding childrun’s educashun.

Dang. Just dang.

BigAlSouth on April 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I think a solid ticket for the Dems in 2016 could be Hank Johnson/ Bev Perdue. When they take bake the house and Senate you’ll have pelosi and reid. Kagan or sotomojo could take over as Chief Justice and we would have curly wasserman-shultz as Secretary of state. It would be a socialist utopia.

Even Putin would be trembling at that power packed line-up. Kind of like murderers row for the Yankees.

acyl72 on April 18, 2012 at 4:14 PM

This is my liberal loon governor. Thank goodness she is stepping down…dumber than a box of rocks. Rode Obama’s coattails in 08

We are about to elect our first Republican guv in November.

About damned time

Redford on April 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Gov. Bev Perdue, after refusing to comment on the issue for days, said she told Chairman David Parker that “he had lost the confidence of Democratic leaders, and I asked him to step aside for the good of the party.”

Nevermind that what he did was, you know, illegal?

Mitoch55 on April 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Maybe she got an offer to tag-team with JennyGranhole over at AlGoreTV .. ??

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CaveatEmpty on April 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

You would have to live here to understand what a joke she is…

right2bright on April 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

You would have to live here to understand what a joke she is…
right2bright on April 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

nah…as pretty as a state that you have there, we don’t have to live there to see what a whacko you had (it was visible from satellites).

so you got rid of that thing…to restore your state to its former glory, start kicking out the retired NY’ers (they were nasty people before they retired and unlike wine, they don’t improve with age).

teejk on April 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I wonder what the State Dog is in North Carolina???…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

John Edwards

Red State State of Mind on April 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Wow, that picture.

The zombie apocalypse is truly upon us

AZfederalist on April 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM