NC Dem chair agrees to step down in May

posted at 10:26 am on April 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

After months of silence on the sexual-harassment charges in the North Carolina Democratic Party’s headquarters, Governor Bev Perdue suddenly demanded the resignation of the party chair over the issue.  Just as suddenly, Perdue reversed herself, supporting David Parker’s intention to stay to the end of his term:

National and North Carolina Democrats have flipped and flopped across the board to praise North Carolina Democratic Party chairman David Parker’s choice to remain in his position.

Parker said yet again during a Thursday afternoon press conference that he would try to hang on to his job. The state party has become embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal that has already claimed the job of executive director Jay Parmley.

Parker has now agreed, following political pressure from within his own party, to hold an election for his job in early May instead of in June. He has also announced, after initially leaving the door open, that he won’t run in that election. Still, by remaining on the job Parker is defying the demands of many Democrats.

Why the sudden change of heart?  Parker would have been out by June anyway.  However, his resignation would have meant that control of the party would pass to first vice-chair Gwen Wilkins — and as Politico’s Jonathan Martin discovered, that would have been, er, problematic:

The DNC is now working with North Carolina Democrats on finding a suitable replacement for Parker, somebody who won’t be a distraction when Obama and the party convene in Charlotte this summer.  That person won’t be the first vice-chair Gwen Wilkins, who has reportedly been hit with misdemeanor charges for bouncing checks. Part of the reason Parker didn’t resign immediately as of today is that Wilkins would’ve automatically ascended to the chairmanship.

So the push from Perdue, as well as several other Democratic officeholders in North Carolina, to get Parker to resign over his supposed mishandling of a harassment complaint would have produced a chair that has bounced-check charges outstanding.  Apparently, this is something else that North Carolina Democrats didn’t know about the leadership of their own party.

We just can’t wait to see who North Carolina Democrats nominate next for the job. I understand this man is available, if they can afford the hair-styling bills.


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So needs another couple of weeks to funnel some more money into the retirement fund then?

I’d like this to linger more to be an embarrassment for them, but it’s hard to see how it could be more of a clusterfark than Perdue has always made it.

Gingotts on April 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Party of winners right there.

beatcanvas on April 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

This is why Bark Obama loves to visit NC. He fits right in with the democrats there.

SouthernGent on April 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Something tells they are wishing they had chosen someplace in Ohio instead of NC.

DanMan on April 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Wilkins has bounced checks because, being a Democrat, she’s clearly used to spending other people’s money with no budget.

search4truth on April 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

War on Predatory Homosexuals.

CorporatePiggy on April 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Wow. It sure takes a long time to shred the records that are embarrassing, huh?

Side note: I actually heard a news blurb on Foxnews that said it was a female that was harassed. My wife thinks it’s a deliberate coverup of the deviant nature of things at donkey HQ while I think it is just lousy proof reading and/or fact checking.

platypus on April 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

That person won’t be the first vice-chair Gwen Wilkins, who has reportedly been hit with misdemeanor charges for bouncing checks.

Does anyone who is a liberal know how to balance a damn check book and not think that just because you have checks, does not mean you have money?

upinak on April 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Weren’t the DNC convention coordinators also publically kvetching about the poor cuisine available in Charlotte? Good times, good times!

a capella on April 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

The hits keep on coming. Good stuff. That picture rocks. HA, you should use it on the night of the election.

msupertas on April 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM

LOL!!!!

I’m loving the new cover pic.

Pass the popcorn!

UltimateBob on April 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

He held out for a job in a Soros think tank somewhere…

wildcat72 on April 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

ObaMao will not win North Carolina this time around.

cicerone on April 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

This is why Bark Obama [...]

SouthernGent on April 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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LOLOLOLOL !!!!!!
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Is “Barky” the diminutive? LULZ !!!!!

ExpressoBold on April 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Dang. Um — that’s embarrassing.

Prufrock on April 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

If the alternative is covering up Mark Foley-style predation, you’d think Perdue would take the deal and go with the rubber checks.

KingGold on April 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Weren’t the DNC convention coordinators also publically kvetching about the poor cuisine available in Charlotte? Good times, good times!

a capella on April 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

yep ….
and they actually have good places …. of course with all he union help they had to import ….. and that means regular folks won’t get jobs ….
good times good times …..

ObaMao will not win North Carolina this time around.

cicerone on April 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I so hope you are right

conservative tarheel on April 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

LOL!!!!

I’m loving the new cover pic.

Pass the popcorn!

UltimateBob on April 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I know it’s not him but I keep hearing this when I see the pic.

Fallon on April 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Ed ……
I love the picture, its perfect for anything the demoRATS are pulling……..;)

angrymike on April 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I’m getting all my news on this from the right side of the web… and I live in the heart of NC.

mankai on April 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

It’s Bush’s fault those checks bounced . . .

BigAlSouth on April 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Ed, I understand that Mr. Edwards now has his hair styled at Cost Cutters for $12.95 a pop. He is definitely qualified for the position, no peccadilloes to hide, they are all in the open. Oh but that possible jail thing, that might not work out well.

LynnB74 on April 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

This is awesome! Don’t anybody interrupt this clusterfark!

DrStock on April 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Yes, the North Carolina Democrat Party is corrupt from top to bottom. The bi-annual token jail bird to calm the calls from the public is not working anymore. Now if we can get people to stop straight ticket voting these idiots in.

LoganSix on April 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I’m loving the new cover pic.

Pass the popcorn!

UltimateBob on April 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I’m holding out for the hat trick…

But I’ll take a beer while I wait!

Kraken on April 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Are there any honest or trustworthy progressive, marxist jackasses left in this country? Not so many if any IMHO.

Rick013 on April 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Still, by remaining on the job Parker is defying the demands of many Democrats.

Good now democrats can see what the current incarnation of the democrat progressive communist party, has made the rest of the country feel like, since Nancy picked up the gavel.

Dr Evil on April 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Perdue has not a clue…She has no idea what is happening around her, she was the perfect Gov for the dems, absolutely clueless.
I have never seen anything like it. She literally sits on bills, and waits to be told what to do.
But it matters little, she is out this next election.

right2bright on April 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Wow. It sure takes a long time to shred the records that are embarrassing, huh?

Side note: I actually heard a news blurb on Foxnews that said it was a female that was harassed. My wife thinks it’s a deliberate coverup of the deviant nature of things at donkey HQ while I think it is just lousy proof reading and/or fact checking.

platypus on April 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Can’t it be both?

Maddie on April 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

We just can’t wait to see who North Carolina Democrats nominate next for the job. I understand this man is available, if they can afford the hair-styling bills.

John Edwards has moved from SuperSluts to SuperCuts.

clayj on April 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

We just can’t wait to see who North Carolina Democrats nominate next for the job. I understand this man is available, if they can afford the hair-styling bills.

John Edwards has moved from SuperSluts to SuperCuts.

clayj on April 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

if he can do it from a federal cell … ok …
good chance he goes to lock up …
that would be great …. see how long b4 he is
someones girl friend …. “beck girl” indeed …

conservative tarheel on April 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Business as usual from the Dems!

KOOLAID2 on April 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

What a fine upstanding bunch those NC Democrats are! You’ve got a creepy guy harassing a male staffer in charge. Now we find out the number 2 bounces checks. The Governor wanted to cancel the 2010 elections. And then, of course, there is John Edwards who decided he could fund his bastard child with campaign funds (and then lie about it).

I hope the NC GOP takes full advantage of pointing out to voters the cast of characters they’ve been handed.

Happy Nomad on April 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I hope the NC GOP takes full advantage of pointing out to voters the cast of characters they’ve been handed.

Don’t worry — they won’t.

The NC GOP is about as disorganized as you can get. They couldn’t even find a worthy conservative to run against Pat McCrory — a notorious RINO — in the gubernatorial primary. They’ve got majorities in the NC House and Senate for the first time since Reconstruction and they’ve not been able to push much of anything past Bev “One Functioning Brain Cell” Perdue.

clayj on April 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I hope the NC GOP takes full advantage of pointing out to voters the cast of characters they’ve been handed.

And that this is the place the Dems chose to renominate Zero. Fitting.

Mayday on April 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Too funny!

Cindy Munford on April 21, 2012 at 1:41 AM