NC Democrat Party chair refuses to step down after scandal

posted at 8:46 am on April 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This entire story started off as a somewhat-embarrassing personnel issue at the North Carolina Democratic Party HQ several months ago.  Over the last few days, it has transformed into an internecine war — just as the national party prepares for its quadrennial festival in the state.  After Governor Bev Perdue and several other Democratic elected officials belatedly demanded that state chair David Parker step down over the handling of the sexual harassment accusation, one might have expected Parker to go away quietly.  Instead, Parker wants a party fight at their June 17th executive committee meeting:

The state Democratic Party chairman is defying the odds and refusing to resign under the weight of a political controversy involving allegations of sexual harassment and a secret settlement agreement with a former staffer.

In a letter Wednesday to the state’s party’s executive committee, David Parker said he has the “strong support” of the party’s executive council for his chairmanship.

“They have consulted with our party attorney and are clearly as satisfied as am I that there was no cover up and that the personnel matter was professionally and appropriately handled by the Party’s attorney using the highest ethical standards,” he wrote in the message.

He called for a June 17 referendum on his chairmanship at an executive committee meeting.

Yes, I’m certain that’s exactly what the DNC wants from its national-convention host state — a big fight and a vote over sexual harassment claims, just as the national media gets interested.  Why not hold the convention in Cartagena, as long as the event will be going this far off message?

Perdue doubled down by reissuing her demand for Parker’s resignation, but if she was hoping to impress people with her sudden zeal, Perdue has missed the mark … badly.  The Charlotte Observer editorial board called her response “a day late and a dollar short,” and describes her Scooby Doo approach to the scandal:

The public knew nothing about it until internal party emails (fretting about the fallout if the episode ever became public) were leaked to the Daily Caller and the (Raleigh) News & Observer. Only then did any Democrat’s ethics needle budge. Parmley resigned under pressure and just about every top elected Democrat called for Parker to follow him out the door. Wednesday night, Parker vowed to stay.

Perdue’s involvement, though, takes it to another level. When reporters asked the governor – the leading Democrat in the state – about it Tuesday, she repeated “this is an internal personnel matter” four times and refused to say when she first learned of the incident. When pressed, she told a reporter to “get over it.”

It appears Perdue “got over it” a little too easily and would have let Parmley and Parker stay on indefinitely if those pesky emails hadn’t leaked.

The editorial board isn’t so sure that this won’t have a lasting impact, either:

November is a long way off, and this all may be old news by then. Voters then will care more about jobs and education than they do about this scandal, and appropriately so. But this chapter and the way it was handled doesn’t speak well of the character of any of those involved.

As Politico reports, the national party isn’t so sure, either.  They’re rushing to Charlotte to help push Parker out of his job:

National Democrats, attempting to head off an embarrassing story in their host convention state, are preparing to push out the embattled North Carolina Democratic Chairman in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal involving the state party’s former executive director.

“David Parker is a man without a party,” said a senior national party official of the North Carolina chair. “He’s 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. He’s 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.”

Why the rush?  Well, as long as Parker holds out, details like these will make headlines in North Carolina, a state Democrats desperately need to hold in November:

In a letter to Parmley dated Dec. 8, 2011, the junior staffer tells a very different story. He lays out specific behaviors he said constituted sexual harassment including:

  • “The Executive Director often solicited my opinion on his clothes. He would point both hands to his crotch and ask me how his crotch looked in those pants”
  • “the Executive Director would frequently pretend to punch my crotch and make a popping noise with his mouth”
  • “the Executive Director frequently gave me unwanted shoulder rubs despite my verbal objections”
  • “on July 28, 2011, the Executive Director discussed, in detail, his sexual activities”

 

There’s only one thing for Republicans to do in this situation: Pass the popcorn.


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It’s harder to get one of those rats to give up a cushy job than it is to get 80 year old RINOS to step down from the Senate.

wildcat72 on April 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM

And yet again, the Daily Caller is proving to be just about the most valuable straight-news operation in the entire Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.

KingGold on April 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Pass the popcorn.

I will say. Pass the garlic cheese stuff too! I want FULL FLAVOR!

upinak on April 19, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Ed; Nice job on the picture!!!

PatriotRider on April 19, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Cat fight!

Akzed on April 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM

“The Executive Director often solicited my opinion on his clothes. He would point both hands to his crotch and ask me how his crotch looked in those pants”

David Brooks was involved in this scandal?

Doughboy on April 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Great picture.

This is gonna be fun.

Pass the popcorn.

petefrt on April 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Are we sure David Parker isn’t related to the Kennedeys?

St Gaudens on April 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM

A Democrat in a sex scandal? This is news?

NickDeringer on April 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

And yet again, the Daily Caller is proving to be just about the most valuable straight-news operation in the entire Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.

KingGold on April 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Yep, I’ve noticed that too. DC has been breaking a lot of good stories lately. The mouse that roared.

Long live the DC.

petefrt on April 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Did a scandal happen is there is no reporter around?

Archivarix on April 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM

… just as the national media gets interested.

Riiiiiiiiiiight!

CDeb on April 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM

“This is an internal matter”.

Uhhhh….NO. Elected officials work for us so it’s our business too. These pols are trash.

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:02 AM

A Democrat in a sex scandal? This is news?

NickDeringer on April 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

and refuses to accept blame for anything …. this is news ?? shesh

conservative tarheel on April 19, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The Charlotte Observer editorial board called her response “a day late and a dollar short,” and describes her Scooby Doo approach to the scandal:

This election will be about sex scandals not dogs.

Buy Danish on April 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM

You know what the Democrats need to make this even better?

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More cowbell.

Logus on April 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Political scandals hit both Republicans and Democrats. Sad that it occurs but at least you can shame a Republican transgressor in going away. Shame does not seem to be a state of mind compatible with Democrats. It’s almost like there is an undercurrent of amorality or something in liberal ideology.

DaveDief on April 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Knowing how these things are played…wondering if the Secret Service fiasco was a play in the current news cycle against the NC DNC as well as the LAtimes publishing those photos! I am a NC girl and it seems sort of strange to me all this going on at the same time!

grace4us on April 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

This election will be about sex scandals not dogs.

Buy Danish on April 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM

sex, eating dogs and (waiting for new scandal).

upinak on April 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

The part I can’t get past is the fact that they fired the junior staffer for complaining. That makes what is a bad situation even that much worse for the Dems. Hang in there Mr. Parker you have many supporters out here. Of course we are all Republicans.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

City newspapers in NC are covering this on the front page. There’s no love for Perdue here, so it has legs in the state at least.

DrStock on April 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM

“The Executive Director often solicited my opinion on his clothes. He would point both hands to his crotch and ask me how his crotch looked in those pants”

What do you think, ladies, something to get you all hotted up coming from this guy?

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/17/2008052/perdue-asks-democratic-party-chairman.html

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Gee, I heard none of this on Moaning Joe, who just harped ad nausea on how Republicans can’t win with the big gender gap, never mind the fact an incumbent has always been tossed out with the employment rate and right track/wrong track as it is today.

Marcus on April 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM

That’s the guy who covered it up, not the guy who did the harassing.

KingGold on April 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The question of appearances by Jones may imply that the harassment was same-sex in nature, which might complicate Democratic messaging in the party’s efforts to defeat the anti-gay-marriage amendment.

The Democrats War on Gay men™?

Fallon on April 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Gee, I heard none of this on Moaning Joe, who just harped ad nausea on how Republicans can’t win with the big gender gap, never mind the fact an incumbent has always been tossed out with the employment rate and right track/wrong track as it is today.

Marcus on April 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM

It’s probably your best bet at this point to take whatever Morning Joke says and assume the exact opposite to be true. The man lives in a bubble and doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about.

Doughboy on April 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

C’mon slick willie didn’t have to, why should this local yokal. These idiots are starting to act like republicans in that they’re making it way easier for the other party than it should be. Keep it up stupidcrats.

msupertas on April 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Character…liberals have no character, nor morals or scruples…
Their hearts are dark shallow places where Truth has no place

crosshugger on April 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

What do you think, ladies, something to get you all hotted up coming from this guy?

Poster boy for the absolutely worthless, corrupt and incompetent Democrat Party.

“I could carve a better man out of a banana.” – Theodore Roosevelt

NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

sex, eating dogs and (waiting for new scandal).

upinak on April 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I believe the MSM and Dems are trying to get us to act like those dogs in the movie Up. They yell “squirrel” and all the focus goes to that instead of on the fact that unemployment is high, Obama just passed adding $5T to the national debt, and all the other things that should be the focus.

Mr. Morrisey may consider putting OOTD on the shelf for a while and introducing the OSOD (Obama Scandal of the Day). Because I am positive that Obama is trying to run out the clock by all these distractions. He does not want us to vet him, pay attention to his “accomplishments,” or consider what a second term would mean to the future of this nation.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

This is what passes for courage for a Democrat in NC. Parker is waiting for them to make it worth his while to step down.

Aardvark on April 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM

That’s the guy who covered it up, not the guy who did the harassing.

KingGold on April 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Ugh, crap. So what’s the name of the dude who committed the crimes?

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

maybe this is the reason I am not as charged up about these “scandals”.

upinak on April 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Ugh, crap. So what’s the name of the dude who committed the crimes?

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Jay Parmley. He’s equally goony-looking though, just not that goon.

KingGold on April 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM

… just as the national media gets interested.
Riiiiiiiiiiight!

CDeb on April 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM

…their interest lasts for a few hours…but a dog in a kennel carrier on a car! Decades!

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

The Charlotte Observer editorial board called her response “a day late and a dollar short,” and describes her Scooby Doo approach to the scandal:

I’m more worried about Obama’s scandalous approach to Scooby Doo.

“And I would have gotten away with eating him if it weren’t for those meddling kids!”

sadarj on April 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Ed; Nice job on the picture!!!

PatriotRider on April 19, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I think we will be seeing him again, so he might as well get a name. How about “Goofy Old Pop Corn Eatin’ Movie Usher Guy”?

Dextrous on April 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I believe the MSM and Dems are trying to get us to act like those dogs in the movie Up. They yell “squirrel” and all the focus goes to that instead of on the fact that unemployment is high, Obama just passed adding $5T to the national debt, and all the other things that should be the focus.

Disagree. All of these scandles illustrate that the government is too big, too corrupt and too incompetent.

Doesn’t help the party of government at all.

NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

sex, eating dogs and (waiting for new scandal).

upinak on April 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Sex, Dogs, and Videotape?

Doomberg on April 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Jay Parmley. He’s equally goony-looking though, just not that goon.

KingGold on April 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM

I don’t think it was him either.

The email chain does not make clear who was guilty of the alleged harassment, the status of that individual’s employment with the Democratic Party or the identity of the victim.

Looks like everyone over there is guilty.

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

This is “Baby, cash money” time!

TXUS on April 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Other reports have the name of the aggrieved employee (a man), his relationship to the party, and the published letter he wrote to the accuser outlining his demands to keep quiet (a year’s pay and health insurance).

It’s been posted on (of course) the DC.

KingGold on April 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Ugh, crap. So what’s the name of the dude who committed the crimes?

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Jay Parmley

Dr Evil on April 19, 2012 at 9:31 AM

sex, eating dogs and (waiting for new scandal).
upinak on April 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Yep.

If you Google “Obama+Scooby Doo” you’ll get some hits. This cartoon is funnier than intended in retrospect.

Buy Danish on April 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

The question of appearances by Jones may imply that the harassment was same-sex in nature, which might complicate Democratic messaging in the party’s efforts to defeat the anti-gay-marriage amendment.

The Democrats War on Gay men™?

Fallon on April 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Almost none of the news stories, on-line or on the local news mention the same-sex nature of the harassment. I bet that if you polled NC residents 95% would say it was male-female harassment. Interesting lack of detail.

DouBLe Two on April 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Jay Parmley resigned his post Sunday after news of the allegations became public, but he has denied wrongdoing.

“Let me be clear: I have never harassed any employee at any time at the NCDP or in any other job,” Parmley wrote in his resignation letter. He did not respond to a call from WRAL News Wednesday evening.

In a letter to Parmley dated Dec. 8, 2011, the junior staffer tells a very different story. He lays out specific behaviors he said constituted sexual harassment including:

“The Executive Director often solicited my opinion on his clothes. He would point both hands to his crotch and ask me how his crotch looked in those pants”
“the Executive Director would frequently pretend to punch my crotch and make a popping noise with his mouth”
“the Executive Director frequently gave me unwanted shoulder rubs despite my verbal objections”
“on July 28, 2011, the Executive Director discussed, in detail, his sexual activities”

Dr Evil on April 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Ugh, crap. So what’s the name of the dude who committed the crimes?

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM
Jay Parmley

Dr Evil on April 19, 2012 at 9:31 AM

This guy looks less gay than the other one.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

“this is an internal personnel matter”

You got that right.Someone was trying to get some matter internal.

docflash on April 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Obligatory.

Buy Danish on April 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM

NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

One thing is clear from the allegations of the unnamed junior staffer- Democrats still have a party going on in their pants ;)

I really thought we wouldn’t get to hear about the dem’s sex scandals till after the November election if Obama won reelection. This is the 3rd sex scandal blogged about here on Hot Air in 2 days.

Dr Evil on April 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Danish… your linky no goodie.

Logus on April 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Let me be clear: I have never harassed any employee at any time at the NCDP or in any other job

Let me be clear is the new term for I am about to lie my butt off. I hate that phrase. This entire denial is reminiscent of Clinton’s when asked about Lewinsky.

FLconservative on April 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM

““They have consulted with our party attorney and are clearly as satisfied as am I that there was no cover up and that the personnel matter was professionally and appropriately handled by the Party’s attorney…”

Mark Foley was unavailable for comment.

What is it about North Carolina and Democrats? Who is this guy, John Edwards Jr.?

And for those keeping score at home- baraka has STILL added over 5 trillion to the debt, wrecked our economy, made us a world laughingstock, made our currency near worthless, given us 15% unemployment and over $4/gallon gas, and is in the process of destroying our healthcare and energy industries.

GrassMudHorsey on April 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM

November is a long way off, and this all may be old news by then. Voters then will care more about jobs and education than they do about this scandal…

However, the MSM will care more about dog crates and garage elevators.

KS Rex on April 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM

And for those keeping score at home- baraka has STILL added over 5 trillion to the debt, wrecked our economy, made us a world laughingstock, made our currency near worthless, given us 15% unemployment and over $4/gallon gas, and is in the process of destroying our healthcare and energy industries.

GrassMudHorsey on April 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM

You can imagine how much more he’ll be able to accomplish when he has more flexibility.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I guess I’m going to have to spell it out for y’all.

What we have here is one of the rainbow boyz in a position of authority in the state donkey party and he takes a fancy to a young-enough-to-be-his-son staffer.

He promises that if the staffer will submit to his rearview fetish, he will reward him with promotions and gifts or something. Maybe he promised staffer that he would love him forever or some equally nonsensical nonsense.

Staffer says sure, you can satisfy your fetish with me.

Later when staffer complains about the lack of payoff, he’s told to shut up. He says no, I’m gonna get my payment. So he makes formal complaint, leaving out the part about sodomy.

Lawyers smell it coming a mile away, pass the hat to keep the money off the books, and cut a deal with staffer – we’ll give you this pile of money if you sign this paper and leave.

Upper management exec gets sick at the cynicism and gossip, quits, and snitches to the papers.

What we are discussing is fairly routine workplace environment when the rainbow boyz are in charge.

platypus on April 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Jay Parmley. He’s equally goony-looking though, just not that goon.

KingGold on April 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM
I don’t think it was him either.

The email chain does not make clear who was guilty of the alleged harassment, the status of that individual’s employment with the Democratic Party or the identity of the victim.
Looks like everyone over there is guilty.

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Three Card Monte, anyone?

askwhatif on April 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

sex, eating dogs and (waiting for new scandal).

upinak on April 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Parker should stay and fight this thing tooth and nail, until every voter in NC has read the emails.

dogsoldier on April 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Instead, Parker wants a party fight at their June 17th executive committee meeting:

My birthday is June 17! :-)

There’s only one thing for Republicans to do in this situation: Pass the popcorn.

“Its yo birfday … we gonna pawty ….”

We gonna pawty,” said wife of high-flying U.S. official

parke on April 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Isn’t Purdue (any relation to the bald chicken magnet?) the governor who advocated skipping the 2010 election? Very stupid or very ignorant.

And sexual harrassment is just like racism. It only counts if it’s against women.

Purdue is just trying to shore up one of the Dem’s bases. Nothing to see here.

Portia46 on April 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Not stepping down = Stepping in it. Fine by me.

Bmore on April 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

It’s like cannibals in some 4th world paradise:
we can’t judge them by our standards.

Kenosha Kid on April 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Reading about the exploits of party leading lib-tards, always makes me want to take a long shower.

Tim_CA on April 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

What do you think, ladies, something to get you all hotted up coming from this guy?

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/17/2008052/perdue-asks-democratic-party-chairman.html

Bishop on April 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Well, no. Even as a young woman, I prefered heterosexual men. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the company of homosexuals–they usually have better taste clothes-wise than my girl friends–but not for what you’re talking about.

The person being harrassed was a young man.

Portia46 on April 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

just as the national media gets interested.

You jest, surely? There’s no way the MSM are going to follow up on this.

CorporatePiggy on April 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

When asked today about the sexual hijinks going on in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jay Carney will claim that he knows at least three Charlotte, North Carolinas.

BuckeyeSam on April 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Yes, I’m certain that’s exactly what the DNC wants from its national-convention host state — a big fight and a vote over sexual harassment claims, just as the national media gets interested. (emphasis added)

I don’t think Barack’s Flying Monkey Media Army will ever be very interested in this scandal. Sexual harassment allegations, and particularly those with homosexual overtones, are only newsworthy if they involve Republicans. Hell, credible allegations of rape are ignored when the allegations involve Democrats.

novaculus on April 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Who are the two most famous people shot in a theater?

Abraham Lincoln and the guy sitting in front of PeeWee Herman.

Kermit on April 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

This is standard behavior for Democrats. They have set the bar for moral behavior so low that just about anything or everything goes. They always have an excuse for their bad habits. Therefore, all we need to do is consider the source and not waste time on it.

savage24 on April 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Breaking news from WRAL.com…

Just In: David Parker, chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party, will hold a 1 p.m. news conference regarding the sexual harassment scandal that forced the party director to resign and has state officials calling on Parker to do likewise. Watch the news conference live on WRAL.com.

SouthernGent on April 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Breaking news from WRAL.com…

Just In: David Parker, chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party, will hold a 1 p.m. news conference regarding the sexual harassment scandal that forced the party director to resign and has state officials calling on Parker to do likewise. Watch the news conference live on WRAL.com.

SouthernGent on April 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Pass the popcorn – He sounds like the kind of person we need in Charlotte to spin this web…

Get it? Web… Charlotte…

BTW, I call dibs on that moniker as a screen name.

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

Chip on April 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Is the complainant the same guy who was impeached as a Senator in his pre-Democrat-operative, student-government days? Impeachment

Popcorn, please.

ugottabekiddingme on April 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Parker now claiming that there was never any harrassment, comparing it to Romney and Rick Perry – unwanted shoulder rubs, play-punches, etc.

Guy is a piece of work – but aren’t all Demonrats?

PJ Emeritus on April 19, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Looks like the Democrats are locking up the key gay dog-eater vote in North Carolina early.

Adjoran on April 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM