The N.C. Democratic Party has begun a process to replace Executive Director Jay Parmley, who resigned Sunday after allegations surfaced about the sexual harassment of a party staffer and a secret financial settlement.
But it sounds like the process of finding a replacement -- which is especially important with North Carolina as a battleground state in this election -- won't happen immediately.
David Parker, the embattled party chairman, who is facing calls for his resignation, sent an email to party officials Tuesday naming a search committee that includes the eventual winner of the May 8 Democratic primary for governor.
The committee includes State Treasurer Janet Cowell, Cal Cunningham, Wake County Chairman Dan Blue III, political consultant Marc Farinella, activist Nina Szlosberg-Landis, DNC Member Everett Ward and 12th Congressional District Chair Bernita Simms.
Parker promised to keep Democratic leaders in the General Assembly informed and said a job posting will appear on the party's website soon.
Parmley has denied doing anything wrong and blamed politics for his departure.