Democratic strategist Gary Pearce says N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller needs to resign after the disclosure Wednesday that he owes back taxes.
On his blog Talking Politics, Pearce offers Voller some advice: "The best thing you can do for your party, state and country is resign, go back to work and pay off your taxes."
"It’s admirable that you owned up to the problem and are paying off what you owe," continued Pearce, a former aide to Gov. Jim Hunt. "But it won’t wash to say: 'That's why I feel that as party chair I have a real good insight into what a lot of folks are dealing with here in North Carolina.'
"No, Mister Chairman, most folks in North Carolina don’t owe $290,000 in unpaid taxes and penalties. Please go. There are more important things to talk about.
As the Associated Press reported, Voller owes nearly $290,000 in back taxes and penalties, according to liens filed by the N.C. Department of Revenue and IRS. Voller said his real estate development business was crippled by the economic downturn and he is making payments to settle the debt by the end of the year.
Voller won the party chairmanship earlier this year when the only other candidate left the race for family reasons and still narrowly beat an effort to draft a candidate who wasn't interested in the post. Voller represents the activist faction of the party, which often splits with the party establishment.