NC Dem chair resigns … then unresigns

posted at 9:21 am on May 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The soap opera continued this weekend in North Carolina, where a sexual harassment complaint forced the resignation of the state Democratic Party chair just three months before the national Democratic convention in Charlotte.  Or did it?  David Parker tried to resign, but the party that tried to push him out immediately suddenly won’t let him leave:

The embattled chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party says he’s staying on the job after party activists meeting in Greensboro rejected his resignation.

Chairman David Parker returned late Saturday to the state Executive Committee meeting, where he said he won’t leave. Earlier, he had submitted his resignation, but committee members voted 269-203 to reject it.

Gov. Beverly Perdue, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and others had wanted Parker to step down because they said he was a distraction in the wake of sexual harassment allegations at party headquarters. Parker’s allies didn’t want him to leave.

Just a few weeks ago, the DNC considered Parker a “man without a party,” the Daily Caller reports. They kicked Parker off of the convention committee and did their best to distance themselves from the chair that brought them to Charlotte in the first place.  Parker, as it turns out, has a party, and the DNC has considerable egg on its face:

With the acting chair repeatedly telling people they were “out of order,” people talking over one another, and people saying they were confused, multiple votes were taken on whether to reject or accept Parker’s resignation.

In the afternoon, the committee voted 269-203 to reject Parker’s resignation. About five hours after he resigned, Parker came back to reclaim his title.

“Well, you crazy people,” Parker told the crowd. “Is this the Democratic Party or what?”

Parker told reporters he had left Greensboro with his wife and was in Elon headed to Raleigh when he got the call that his resignation was not accepted. He said he turned around and went back to Greensboro where he told the Executive Committee he’ll stay on as chair.

Parker is optimistic that “this party will come back together within two or three days.” With unions balking at paying for a convention in a right-to-work state, a sexual harassment claim still in the works, and the DNC throwing Parker under the bus only to see him take charge all over again, I’d call that wishful thinking. Instead of putting this story to bed, the NC Democratic Party has just ensured that the soap opera runs all the way through to the convention, and probably to the election as well.

Pass the popcorn!


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Just proves that sexual harassment is a badge of honor when done by democrats.

wildcat72 on May 14, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Why exactly don’t they want him gone?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Instead of putting this story to bed, the NC Democratic Party has just ensured that the soap opera runs all the way through to the convention, and probably to the election as well.

Pass the popcorn!

All this and ObaMao is the first gay president. Welcome to another week of Dim-o-crats reap what they sow.

cicerone on May 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Goofs!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2012 at 9:27 AM

You would have to live here to understand.
The democrat party in NC is about as corrupt as any government institution in the world.
Senators shooting gay lovers (yes, plural)…and getting away with it, a gov. that has absolutely no idea what is going on (a real life “Blazing Saddles” governor), it is absolutely unbelievable that in 2012+ something like this exists in America.

right2bright on May 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Let me jump 6 months into the future when there will be multiple reports that if Pres**ent Obama loses that there will be riots in the streets of multiple major cities.
We all know it’s coming, so let’s stock on the popcorn.

J_Crater on May 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

What a perfect cover pic – getcha popcorn ready!!

http://www.fiscalwars.wordpress.com

stout77 on May 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

This story has already been rejected as a screenplay. Too unbelievable.

swinia sutki on May 14, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Great pic Ed, keep it handy until Nov

cmsinaz on May 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Where could one buy a hat like that guy in the picture is wearing?

hawkdriver on May 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I’d like butter on mine, but go easy on the salt.

Flange on May 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Why exactly don’t they want him gone?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

He knows something perhaps?

upinak on May 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Why exactly don’t they want him gone?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

His sexual harassment was against men. As you know the dems have just announced they are the gay party.

msupertas on May 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Keystone Cops performing a Chinese fire drill while driving little Shriner cars and all of it accompanied by the Benny Hill Show theme music.

Bishop on May 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM

That picture rocks.

msupertas on May 14, 2012 at 9:35 AM

His sexual harassment was against men. As you know the dems have just announced they are the gay party.

msupertas on May 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

That appeals to gays and lesbians? Sexual harassment charges?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

For him,against him,for him.Hippity Hop,Flip Flop.

docflash on May 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Just proves that sexual harassment is a badge of honor when done by democrats.

wildcat72 on May 14, 2012 at 9:25 AM

They operate under a different set of moral values wildcat—see Obama’s “Christian conflicts” on gay marriage. (and of course, John Edwards is a poster-child of the DNC)

Rovin on May 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Sexual harassment charges?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

NC Dem chairman defends handling of sex harassment complaint

upinak on May 14, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Keystone Cops performing a Chinese fire drill while driving little Shriner cars and all of it accompanied by the Benny Hill Show theme music.

Bishop on May 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM

With trapeze artists in the background.

msupertas on May 14, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Maybe Obama gave HIM some harassment…..

search4truth on May 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

That appeals to gays and lesbians? Sexual harassment charges?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Take it where they can get it. It’s an affirmation.

msupertas on May 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Correct me if I’m wrong:

Parker tried to protect the guy doing the sexual harassment against men.
The sexual harasser also gave his girlfriend HIV.
Parker offered the poor girlfriend COBRA.

Blake on May 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Great! Now the Dems can let it all hang out at their convention! Where did I read recently that Obama’s strategy could be based on losing this re-election and running in 2016? Isn’t that insanely risky? Only Cleveland did that, could it be done again? This story and the fact the convention is in NC sure makes that theory seem plausible.

cartooner on May 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Criminy, why should he resign? It’s only sexual harassment. If same sex marriiage is okey-dokey, surely same sex sexual harassment is permissible. It’s not like fifty years ago he gave a fella a haircut, caused the poor fella to cry and have “terror in his eyes”.

maubman on May 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I think it is reaction to North Carolina voting a ban on gay marriage into their Constitution.

The DNC is threatening to pull the convention out of North Carolina. Dems were more likely to oppose the referendum. Throw in a chairman being driven from office under charges of harassing a male staffer and enough delegates decided to keep the closet homosexual in power. If for no other reason than to make a pro-gay statement to the DNC before they start venue shopping.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Correct me if I’m wrong:

Parker tried to protect the guy doing the sexual harassment against men.
The sexual harasser also gave his girlfriend HIV.
Parker offered the poor girlfriend COBRA.

Blake on May 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Film at 1100

msupertas on May 14, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Okay, I’m correct. The hell with settling the sex. harassment suit. It’s the protection of the guy who gave the girlfriend HIV and the illegal offer of COBRA to her which bugs me.

Blake on May 14, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Where did I read recently that Obama’s strategy could be based on losing this re-election and running in 2016?

cartooner on May 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

That would be an insane strategy unless Obama knows he has mucked things up so bad voters will be longing for his return in 2016. If things are that bad, God help us all.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM

You would have to live here to understand.
The democrat party in NC is about as corrupt as any government institution in the world.
right2bright on May 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Yeah, Chicago really doesn’t have anything on NC.

Bridge to nowhere? Heck no, we build piers with aquariums on them in a place where a previous pier has been knocked out by a storm. Not good enough for you? Heck, we’ll make more than one!!

What’s that? The leader of the legislature’s business is too far away from the new highway he’s putting in? No problem. He’ll just burn it down and build a new one right at the prime spot when you get over the bridge.

How’s that? The lottery won’t pass yet again? No problem, just wait until a couple of nay voters go to the bathroom and we’ll get that thing passed. But don’t worry, when Bev becomes Gov’, she’ll pretend she didn’t do it.

You say we need to cut down on corruption? Oh, we’ll throw you a bone every few years. A dentist pay off here, a lottery kick back there, take a little off the top on the motor vehicle maintenance, double or triple count that unemployment check, give your son a nice six figure check for running that ABC store that isn’t making a profit, sneak in some health care money for people not getting the care…. all’s graft and good hear in The Old North State!

LoganSix on May 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Is unresign a word?

How can they not let a guy quit his job? Is he now a slave?

Akzed on May 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

to the state Executive Committee meeting, where he said he won’t leave. Earlier, he had submitted his resignation, but committee members voted 269-203

That’s quite the “executive” committee they have, with at least 472 members. Isn’t that weird? 472 members of a state political party “executive” committee. So strange.

strictnein on May 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Will they be selling glow in the dark gaylo™s at the convention?

Fallon on May 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM

That’s quite the “executive” committee they have, with at least 472 members. Isn’t that weird? 472 members of a state political party “executive” committee. So strange.

strictnein on May 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

If it is like the Republican Party, there are multiple districts. Each district has a chair and other positions, plus at-large members based on the population of each precinct.

LoganSix on May 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

That appeals to gays and lesbians? Sexual harassment charges?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Deviants will be deviant. It’s all fun and games to them.

AubieJon on May 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Progressive Handbook, Page 2

Gay = Hero

mankai on May 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I have a weird feeling Bacracka Obama is going to try this in November.

SouthernGent on May 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

MORE POPCORN!

GarandFan on May 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

“Well, you crazy people,” Parker told the crowd. “Is this the Democratic Party or what?”

The truth comes out. What we’ve known all along.

IrishEyes on May 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

the NC Democratic Party has just ensured that the soap opera runs all the way through to the convention, and probably to the election as well.

Put it in syndication.

IrishEyes on May 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Why exactly don’t they want him gone?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

He has a mouth to run?

Archivarix on May 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

For him,against him,for him.Hippity Hop,Flip Flop.

docflash on May 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Silly boy just remember, Democrats don;t “flip flop”; their position “evolves”. Only Republicans flip flop.

Perhaps these gentlemen have simply outgrown their base opposition to gay sexual harrassment.

KW64 on May 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I have a weird feeling Bacracka Obama is going to try this in November.

SouthernGent on May 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Heh.

Blake on May 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Let me jump 6 months into the future when there will be multiple reports that if Pres**ent Obama loses that there will be riots in the streets of multiple major cities.
We all know it’s coming, so let’s stock on the popcorn.

J_Crater on May 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

It’s not popcorn that I’ll be stocking up on.

Although my goodies do make a popping sound.

UltimateBob on May 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

it is absolutely unbelievable that in 2012+ something like this exists in America.

right2bright on May 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Everything that is wrong is right, and bad is good. Everything that is “Evolution” is de-evolution. The Sal Alinsky way. The religion of Liberalism.

kirkill on May 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Gotta love the popcorn-guy graphic. Always brings a smile to my face.

Tomolena1 on May 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM

That picture rocks.

msupertas on May 14, 2012 at 9:35 AM

It’s the best one…evah!

BuckeyeSam on May 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

come to think of it, the DNC is a Cult!

kirkill on May 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

With trapeze artists in the background.

msupertas on May 14, 2012 at 9:39 AM

and pole dancers

Lily on May 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Does the committee really have 472 people on it, or is this just one of those Democrat election things were you can just vote as many times as you want?

JeremiahJohnson on May 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM

In leadership, timing is everything

Tuesday: North Carolina voters endorse President Obama’s stand on gay marriage.

Wednesday: President Obama changes his stand.

J_Crater on May 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Why exactly don’t they want him gone?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Since you asked, I did a little research. One of my “friends” on Facebook was among the 269 executive board members who voted to reject Parker’s resignation. He has posted on Facebook several times about the issue, which I hadn’t bothered to read before your question. He seems to think that Parker is talented and experienced and that the NC Democratic Party needs someone like that. I consider this person a loon on political issues, but he is a good guy away from politics.

thuja on May 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

There was never any way the could fire him or accept his resignation. It would have been a hate crime.

Holder’s DOJ would have indicted the entire state party.

CorporatePiggy on May 14, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Haaaaa!!!!…
……Haaaaa!!!!!!
……………Haaaaa!!!!

Maybe the democrats could get him,John Edwards,and John Corzine to speak at the Convention about “moving forward”….
……..you know…right off the cliff.

Baxter Greene on May 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Why do they want to keep this fellow in the tent? I’m guessing video tapes, audio recordings or DNA samples.

Mason on May 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Why exactly don’t they want him gone?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM
His sexual harassment was against men. As you know the dems have just announced they are the gay party.

msupertas on May 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

So, as long as the Democratic party endorses gay marriage it’s OK that they permit gay sexual harassment.
I guess it doesn’t interfere with their war on women topic as long as it’s just men that are being harassed.

talkingpoints on May 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The chair can’t resign until the next election because the current vice chair is under indictment for passing bad checks. So to replace him with the vice chair (who I believe is a woman but I don’t know her name)would be just as bad a scandal.

crosspatch on May 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Liberals, when it comes to sexual scandal, make the sound of one hand clapping.

Freelancer on May 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Fodder for the bus OR excellent diversion news from another area.
The Team Edwards begins its presentation of his defense in his (name any shocking deviance here) trial.
The Witch House is stoking the coals to keep ANY story in the headlines besides JOBS. Embarrassment is not in the emotional structure of the Dhimmicrats.

Missilengr on May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Parker tried to protect the guy doing the sexual harassment against men.
The sexual harasser also gave his girlfriend HIV.
Parker offered the poor girlfriend COBRA.

Blake on May 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

That’s most of it and then there is the vice chair being indicted for passing bad checks, as crosspatch points out. Parker arranged things to make it difficult to remove him.

Great writeup Ed! This will continue to keep the voters in NC interested. And pretty fired up.

dogsoldier on May 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

The chair can’t resign until the next election because the current vice chair is under indictment for passing bad checks. So to replace him with the vice chair (who I believe is a woman but I don’t know her name)would be just as bad a scandal.

crosspatch on May 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

You beat me to it. Her name is Gwen Wilkins and SHOCKINGLY, I cannot find a single article mentioning this. I’m from NC as well and know the story, but for some reason, the media is choosing not to discuss this.

Book on May 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Here we go: The very last paragraph in a politico report, of all things, mentions that Gwen Wilkins- who has NOT been asked to resign, has been bouncing checks. No details into that story, but the story is out there. You just have to dig for it.

“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.”

Incidentally, this local news site discusses the details of the accusations against the DNC chair, which I haven’t found anywhere else. Here’s a quote:

“In the letter, Ortega says Parmley:

• Frequently gave him unwanted shoulder rubs despite verbal objections.

• Pointed to his crotch area and asked how his crotch looked in his pants.

• On July 28, detailed his past sexual activities.

• On July 29, showed Ortega a picture of a penis.

• On Sept. 6, caressed Ortega’s leg as they drove back from a Democratic convention kick-off in Charlotte.”

Book on May 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

The Communist Party of the United States, I mean the Democrat Party, has never had a problem with sexual harrassment, rape, adultry, or any other type of criminal sexual behavior of their own party members. After all, what have most Kennedy’s ever been? And let’s not forget Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Gary Hart, Anthony Weiner and LBJ.

http://www.liberalsarehypocrites.org/Default.aspx?blogid=12878
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=17357

To the Democrats, sexual harassment is a weapon only used against conservatives. The silence of all the femi-nazis when the allegation is against a leftist is all the proof anyone needs to know this is true.

woodNfish on May 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

“Well, you crazy people,” Parker told the crowd. “Is this the Democratic Party or what?”

lmfao….abso-friggin’-lutely Mr. Chairmen…it certainly is.

(better lock up the young, handsome interns)

Tim_CA on May 14, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Why exactly don’t they want him gone?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

It’s like the inexplicable Nadia Lockyer case. Husband is big treasurer, buying drugs for his wife, “Oh no he’s fine,” say the dems.

Sitting elected official, Nadia, in rehab twice since she started her position, cheating on spouse with nasty meth head, hitting meth and the bottle like there’s no tomorrow, and yet they’re still putting out signs of support for her.

The left is bizarro land. For them, the end justifies the means, and the greasier the means are, the better.

WeekendAtBernankes on May 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Let me get this straight (LOL!), since The Won is for gay marriage, than gay sexual harassment is okay?

Cindy Munford on May 14, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Cindy Munford on May 14, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Hey, it’s the new reality, toots! Gotta get with the program! Now turn around so I can smack your backside while you make me a coffee.

//Only works if you’re gay.

///And a Democrat.

Book on May 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM