Tragic turn to NC Democratic Party turmoil

posted at 10:01 am on April 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve had some fun with the scandal in the North Carolina Democratic Party leadership so far, but the latest update from the Daily Caller takes a turn for the tragic.  The man at the center of the scandal, former executive director Jay Parmley, had been accused of sexual harassment against a former male employee, which the party settled with a sealed agreement.  However, Parmley has also been accused by his former girlfriend of infecting her with HIV, and offering health insurance through the party afterward:

Rebecca Burgin, a long-time former girlfriend of former North Carolina Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley, told The Daily Caller that she believes Parmley infected her with HIV.

Parmley resigned on April 15 amid sexual harassment allegations from a former young male staffer.

Burgin, a 29-year-old Oklahoman, has shared her story with TheDC, including the revelation that Parmley’s lawyer offered her health coverage, paid for by the Democratic National Committee, to manage her illness. She ultimately declined that offer, fearing it would constitute insurance fraud. Parmley, she said, abandoned her a few months later.

On April 13, TheDC first exposed allegations, leveled in December by former North Carolina Democratic Party communications staffer Adriadn Ortega, that Parmley showed him a picture of a penis, gave him unwanted shoulder rubs and made apparent sexual advances toward him. Ortega also alleged that Parmley discussed with him in detail his past sexual activity, including “solicit[ing] sex from gay websites.”

Parmley’s ex-girlfriend Rebecca Burgin told TheDC that Parmley forever changed her life by making her HIV-positive. She’s worried, she said, that Parmley may have done to someone else what he did to her.

Be sure to read it all.  When she approached Parmley about her HIV-positive status, he told her he wanted out of the relationship.  Later, she hired an attorney who got the NC Democratic Party to offer her what was essentially family coverage on Parmley’s employment status.  However, Burgin eventually wondered whether that would be legal at all, since the relationship was over and the two no longer shared a household, and instead opted to pay for COBRA coverage herself.

This makes the scandal much more grim, and it couldn’t come at a worse time for North Carolina Democrats — and Barack Obama.  He’s due to speak in Chapel Hill today, but don’t expect him to discuss gay rights issues, even though Democrats are pushing against Amendment One:

Two weeks from now, North Carolina will hold a public referendum on what could become one of the toughest anti-gay measures in the country: a far-reaching proposal to amend the state constitution to ban civil unions and domestic partnerships. But President Obama is not expected to touch the subject when he appears in Chapel Hill on Tuesday — even though it is roiling the electorate there.

Instead, Obama will talk about college loans, his aides said, kicking off a two-day, three-state tour designed to energize the youth vote. His delicate sidestep of Amendment One, a ballot initiative to be decided May 8 that would recognize marriage between a man and a woman as the only legal domestic partnership in North Carolina, is seen by some as another sign that he is not fully committed to gay rights — an interpretation that could dampen the enthusiasm of the young voters he is trying to court.

“It’s a little bit of a missed opportunity,” said Josh Orol, 20, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leader of a campus movement to defeat Amendment One. “I didn’t expect him to talk at length about it. I know he has come out publicly against it. But I sort of hoped he would at least name-drop a little bit. It’s disappointing.”

I guess Obama is still evolving on same-sex marriage.  The tragic turn in the Parmley scandal won’t make it any easier. In the meantime, keep Rebecca Burgin in your prayers.


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MSNBC (Mentally Sick National Bigot Corporation)is offering a time slot between Mr Ed, the talking whorse, and the hatemongering bigotry hour with Sharpton.

volsense on April 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

ObamaCare would take care of this. And … No one should tell us who to love anyway.

/liberal

Medical coverage isn’t the point and no one is telling anybody who to love. Love who you want. Just don’t through it in our faces. Get over yourself and quit parading.

The point sailed right over your head.

plutorocks on April 24, 2012 at 10:22 AM

And it looks like the sarc tag zoomed over your head at warp factor 9.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Rebecca Burgin and Adriadn Ortega should get a show on cable TV talking about the wonders of the dimocrat party.

VegasRick on April 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I think Parmley should run for office. /s

RedManBlueState on April 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Obama doesn’t have to speak out about Amendment 1, because when he packs the court in the second term with Kagan and Sotomayor clones, the issue will eventually disappear. The Supremes will then find a penumbra of transcendent rights to marriage for anyone of any sex, any sex change, any number of people of any inclination be they momogamous, polygamous, communal, or whatever wierd thing you can think of.

stefano1 on April 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

This poor young lady’s story is one of the many reasons why you don’t bed-hop or do sort of casual sex. When you sleep with someone-you’re also sleeping w/every other person that they’ve slept with.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Yes. Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D. put it this way:

“When you have sex with someone, you are having sex with everyone they have had sex with for the last ten years, and everyone they and their partners have had sex with for the last ten years.”

According to the brochure “Your Sexual Exposure” from Heritage House ’76 Inc., if you have sex with, say, three people, you have been exposed to 7.

A dozen sex partners, and you’ve been exposed to 4,095 people and their diseases.

Sixteen sex partners, and the number soars to 65,535.

An estimated 65 million in America currently have an STD, and more than 19 million become newly infected each year.

Two-thirds of those people are under age 25.

KyMouse on April 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

John Edwards is now only the second most depraved and despicable Democrat in North Carolina.

forest on April 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Hell, he and Parmley are just the ones we know about. After the Dems finish their convention in Charlotte, the hazmat crews will be lucky to have the city cleaned before Christmas. I wonder if South Carolina has enough money and time to build a twenty-foot electrified wall at the portion of the state line where Charlotte is.

86 on April 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

In answer to Blink, it’s legit for her to take COBRA coverage as an individual if she was insured by the DNC under their health plan at the time that she left their employment. What the DNC was trying to do, it appears, is to cover her as a dependent of her shiftless boyfriend so she could stay on their coverage that way (and, I imagine, to try to shut her up). What she did instead was to question the legality of that offer and her instincts were correct that it wasn’t on the up and up. You can’t cover someone as a dependent, spouse or significant other unless they actually are a dependent, spouse or significant other. So far, it looks like she’s the only one here whose done the right thing. It’s quite sad that she’s paying such a high price for it.

natasha333 on April 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I want to know how the DNC is justifying the fact that she is on their health plan as a COBRA payor. Can anyone with more knowledge about health insurance explain this to me?

Burgin said that the DNC was already providing her with health insurance while she was dating Parmley.

Anyone who is eligible for employer insurance – and I am guessing she was by some domestic partner status – has the option to continue that coverage once they are no longer eligible as long as they opt for the extension with a set period and pay the premiums themselves.

Laurence on April 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

This is the final point to the discussion we were having the other day in the Columbian Hooker threads as to why promiscuous sexual activity is a bad idea, regardless of how commonplace it has been over the course of history.

CycloneCDB on April 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM

This should all be private information and seems suspicious to me. Her HIV positive diagnosis would be a pre-existing condition, so not sure if he could have covered her under his policy unless that part of Obamacare is already in place. Can you cover a non-spouse under your insurance policy in a non-Commonlaw state?

lea on April 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

The answer is simple: declare the War on AIDS over (much like the War on Terror) and treat every infection as a tragedy. State that HIV is treatable and would be covered under Obamacare. With that in mind, there’s nobody at fault here and nothing to see. Now, move along, you homophobic Republicans. /s

Aardvark on April 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Be sure to read it all.

Uhh, thanks, but I think I’ll pass.

tom on April 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Can you cover a non-spouse under your insurance policy in a non-Commonlaw state?

lea on April 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Some states allow it. Employers can offer it on their own.

Blake on April 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Lefties make women sick, literally.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Having homosexual sex or sex with someone who practices homosexual sex is dangerous. No more proof than this post is needed to prove that. AIDs and HIV are not heterosexual diseases. Can heterosexuals get them? Yes, but all this fear-mongering about how many sexual partners you have is the same BS spread by Koop and the CDC who have been lying about it for years. Heterosexuals have very little to fear from either of these diseases if you don’t have sex with homosexuals, bisexuals, and intravenous drug users. Those are the facts.

woodNfish on April 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

This is so sad. I know that HIV isn’t the death sentence it use to be but it is still so bad.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Nope, not your fathers Democratic Party anymore.

ctmom on April 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Lefties make women sick, literally.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The DNC war on women.

CycloneCDB on April 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM

And everyone said….Amen. God protect this woman and heal her from the sins of this man. The victim of a relationship, not honest or forthright, that she will pay for the rest of her life. Lie, deflect, deny, attack the accuser: standard play for democrat in office.

Molonlabe2004 on April 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM

So far, it looks like she’s the only one here whose done the right thing. It’s quite sad that she’s paying such a high price for it.

natasha333 on April 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Except for the wrong of sleeping with him in the first place, yes, she seems to have tried to do the right thing.

I know some people will say, “How judgmental.” But I’m not saying it to condemn her, but to point out that casual sex is not consequence-free. If you don’t know him well enough and trust him completely enough to marry him, you would be wise to not have sex with him.

The sexual revolution has left a trail of broken lives and families behind.

tom on April 24, 2012 at 1:02 PM

here

this is a pamphlet in which under NC law you must tell
your partner if you are positive

conservative tarheel on April 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Tragic turn to NC Democratic Party turmoil

Moral to this tawdry story:

If you hang out with Democrats, sooner or later, YOU GET SCREWED !~

Help fix it:

VOTE ROMNEY 2012 !!

BigSven on April 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Or maybe he should have told her he was gay, and she could have moved on to someone a little more appropriate and a little less dangerous.

Night Owl on April 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

THAT

conservative tarheel on April 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Wow, I’m kind of impressed that Burgin turned down the offer for insurance. I also wonder how common it is for the DNC in NC to make that deal as payoff for settlements.
Seems to be something a proper-thinking attorney general might want to look into as insurance fraud.

smfic on April 24, 2012 at 1:18 PM

The additional horror here, and make no mistake it is a horror, is that the NC dem establishment worked very hard to cover this up as well as Parmley’s other disgraceful actions.

The NC Governor knew all about this guy for months, and did nothing.

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/18/outgoing-nc-governor-belatedly-calls-for-state-party-chairs-resignation-over-harassment-scandal/

How long have the upper echelon dems known? What about the DNC? Is that why they rushed to NC before this report came out?

How many other unsuspecting people has this guy infected? How many lives have they collectively destroyed?

dogsoldier on April 24, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Wow, I’m kind of impressed that Burgin turned down the offer for insurance. I also wonder how common it is for the DNC in NC to make that deal as payoff for settlements.
Seems to be something a proper-thinking attorney general might want to look into as insurance fraud.

smfic on April 24, 2012 at 1:18 PM

1. probably offered as a bone to keep her quite ….

2. the AG in NC is a Dem …. not going to happen …

conservative tarheel on April 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

this is a pamphlet in which under NC law you must tell
your partner if you are positive

conservative tarheel on April 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

So, Parmley can expect to be charged … not; only if he were a Repub?

IrishEyes on April 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

1. probably offered as a bone to keep her quite ….

2. the AG in NC is a Dem …. not going to happen …

conservative tarheel on April 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Wasn’t 1. what caused this problem?

And on an unrelated note, someone earlier referenced Parmley’s girlfriend as “cute.” Well, I don’t know her, probably a nice lady, and to each his own, but I’d say based on the picture Parmley chose her briefly instead of one of his homosexual trists in part because she’s lacking in certain traditionally feminine aspects that might otherwise have turned Parmley off. Ahem.

BKennedy on April 24, 2012 at 1:32 PM

And it looks like the sarc tag zoomed over your head at warp factor 9.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Only Warp 9?

You sir are most charitable.

roy_batty on April 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM

So, Parmley can expect to be charged … not; only if he were a Repub?

IrishEyes on April 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

not holding my breath waiting for it to happen

conservative tarheel on April 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

So, lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremists not only have the socialism mental disease, they are also carriers of other, equally horrific diseases.

PROTECT YOURSELF AND STAY AWAY FROM THEM – FAR, FAR AWAY.

TeaPartyNation on April 24, 2012 at 1:57 PM

become a member of DADDD …
(Dads Against Daughters Dating Democrats) …

conservative tarheel on April 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

COBRA – somewhat good in concept, but the result of a flawed model of distributing medical care/insurance through the employer . . . Think of how much time, expense, and effort is wasted by businesses, large and small, fiddling with health insurance. Conversely, how much better businesses could focus on ACTUAL SPECIALTY, and employees could make their health / health care, uh, THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY.

Health care should be distributed apart from the employer, like car insurance. COBRA is a bad effect of a bad model.

(health insurance originally began to be distributed through employers during WW II when there was a wage freeze, and this was an incentive employers added.)
- some things never change, like political cretins, whom we freely elect.

williampeck1958 on April 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

The papers are working pretty hard to cover this up. I posted about it in a comment thread on the SF Chronicle’s website, the entire comments section was promptly deleted. A week later I posted again when the scandal reached the chairman and his “inability” to resign because the vice-chair who would take the position is currently under indictment for passing bad checks. The entire story then got unlinked from the web site. You could still get to it if you had the direct link, but the story was no longer linked from the “politics” section.

So the papers that carry water for the DNC are working hard to cover the story up.

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Rush is on this topic now. He says his sources on the ground in NC tell him the dem party there is in serious trouble. The Emperor Zero is in the state today too.

Gee, I wonder if anyone will ask him about Parmley.

dogsoldier on April 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

So the papers that carry water for the DNC are working hard to cover the story up.

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM

They won’t be able to now.

dogsoldier on April 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I suspect that the many contradictory causes the left has welded together are at the heart of Obama’s dilemma. There is a strong anti-gay attitude in the Black community and Obama is trying to string both groups along for their votes, without exposing the contradiction.

Don L on April 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Vote for Amendment One. If you have any Catholic Charities in NC, the homosexual activists will sue them, and any children that their adoption services might have placed will instead remain on the streets.

Officialized sodomy and religious liberty are incompatible. Not because churches doctrinally oppose homosexuality, but because homosexual activists hate churches, and any fig leaf the law provides them they will use, no matter who the end result harms. It has happened internationally, it has happened in MA, it has happened in IL.

Opposing officialized sodomy is nothing more than prevent defense. Approval of it is just the foot in the door for its supporters to get on with their real agenda: forcing religious institutions to change their doctine or be crushed under the foot of government, consequences be damned.

BKennedy on April 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You are a shining example of why myself, as well as my friends and family, will all be voting against Amendment 1 on May 8th :)

theoddmanout on April 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM

COBRA is not some sort of freebee. When I left my job 11 years ago, I went from premiums of $0 to $400 a month–which is what my employer paid. The only benefit was the group discount offered to large groups. It last only 18 months.

Blake on April 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

You are a shining example of why myself, as well as my friends and family, will all be voting against Amendment 1 on May 8th :)

theoddmanout on April 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I take it your umbrage with my comments, which are based on repeated observations of a trend, are primarily that I avoided using the term marriage to describe the government giving equal recognition to relationships that have neither the function nor capacity of marriage as it is understood by the vast majority of Americans: the bearing and raising of children in a self-containe, self-sustaining, biologically and naturally ideal manner independent of government intervention.

Believe it or not, marriage policy does have effects outside the warm, fuzzy feeling you imagine yourself getting when your state allows homosexuals to “marry.”

BKennedy on April 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

So is she going to vote Democrat or Republican this Fall?

Over50 on April 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM

So…not only is the Democratic party a criminal enterprise, liberalism a mental disorder, but the two are, also, a deadly STD.

Got it.

kakypat on April 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I don’t know why but this story gives me the Duke Lacrosse team feeling.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

So we have the former President of the Young Democrats of America, one time Chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, Executive Director of both North Carolina and South Carolina’s Democratic Party sexually harassing a junior worker. When the junior worker complains, he is fired. When he complains about the firing, he is paid off by the party. Assuming the firing and payoff were approved by the Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, the Chairman keeps the Executive Director on board and so employees at party HQ begin to quit in droves.

Finally all this is exposed, the governor calls for the party chair to quit, but the party chair says he can’t … because the vice chair is under indictment for passing bad checks.

Now comes the tragic news that not only did Parmley apparently infect his girlfriend with HIV, he and the party chair of NC were going to offer her health insurance coverage under unethical conditions in order to keep her quiet, too.

Every single BIT of this story makes the Democratic Party look like an absolute slime ball operation.

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

I don’t know why but this story gives me the Duke Lacrosse team feeling.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

If that is the case, there are plenty of people named in the article who will be able to refute her story, other than Parker. Then, there’s Adriadn* Ortega’s allegations.

*Everytime I see that name written, I think it’s a typo.

kakypat on April 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Well, I think the walking out of so many employees who were upset that Parmley wasn’t fired speaks volumes.

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Every single BIT of this story makes the Democratic Party look like an absolute slime ball operation.

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

FIFY.

What it illustrates is that from balls to bones, the DNC is corrupt.

Period.

And they care not one whit that they are corrupt since they are not “the party with morals”. This has always been my favorite media strategy when talking about Democrats.

If a Republican is caught behaving badly, there is a “growing chorus” of grave concerns. And yet when Democrats are caught acting despicably at all levels, well then that story gets buried under several paragraphs and is ultimately described as “allegations of sexual harassment”- with no further information given and no implications explored.

Book on April 24, 2012 at 7:29 PM

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Here’s what really irritates me about this story; and the same holds true for the John Edwards trial, the Anthony Weiner tweetgate, and for that matter Larry Craig, Bob Packwood, and David Vitter, and a host of others.

I really don’t want to know all the details of these public officials sex lives. I do not want to know that Anthony Weiner was essentially stalking young women or that Larry Craig knew the code in a certain Minneapolis airport restroom. Likewise I don’t really want to know how a jerk like Jay Parmley was sexually harrassing a male employee all the while infecting his long-term live-in girlfriend. What is it with these people that they think they can get away with this crap even though they are in the public eye?

Happy Nomad on April 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

“I was the first one to believe, for all intents and purposes, that everyone was a good person, but that circumstances happened that turned them into bad people.”

“After all of this, I question that,” Burgin told TheDC. “I feel like a part of me has died because that was kind of my thing — that ‘everybody was a good person, it’s just circumstances that happen.’”

I thought this was very interesting – I thought the same way when I was a young liberal. At the very least she can be assured that she’s a better human being than him.

Dork B. on April 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I don’t know why but this story gives me the Duke Lacrosse team feeling.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

…he’s from the DNC!…he hasn’t infected them too has he?

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM

the democrats – a political party of gutter sleaze… DD

Darvin Dowdy on April 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

And everyone said….Amen. God protect this woman and heal her from the sins of this man. The victim of a relationship, not honest or forthright, that she will pay for the rest of her life. Lie, deflect, deny, attack the accuser: standard play for democrat in office.

Molonlabe2004 on April 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Under obamacare she’ll be dead in a couple of years. Waiting 6 months for dr’s appt’s and waiting months for the drugs should eliminate this expense rather quickly. She’s also white which should add a month or so to each visit wait time since she’s a racist. Who need’s death panels when you can let government “efficiency” take care of the problem.

Vote democrat in 2012.

acyl72 on April 25, 2012 at 7:23 AM

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