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Democratic Party chairman refuses to resign, calls for referendum on his job

UPDATED: The state Democratic Party chairman is defying the odds and refusing to resign under the weight of a political controversy involving allegations of sexual harassment and a secret settlement agreement with a former staffer.

In a letter Wednesday to the state’s party’s executive committee, David Parker said he has the “strong support” of the party’s executive council for his chairmanship.

“They have consulted with our party attorney and are clearly as satisfied as am I that there was no cover up and that the personnel matter was professionally and appropriately handled by the Party’s attorney using the highest ethical standards,” he wrote in the message.

He called for a June 17 referendum on his chairmanship at an executive committee meeting.

Perdue later issued this statement: “I am reiterating my call for the chairman of the party to resign. The process laid out by the chairman in his email late today to Executive Committee members is totally unacceptable.  The chairman needs to go.”

Here's Parker's entire message:

State Executive Committee Members, 

I have met with our Executive Council via teleconference and am gratified by their strong support for my continued Chairmanship. They have consulted with our Party attorney and are clearly as satisfied as am I that there was no cover up and that the personnel matter was professionally and appropriately handled by the Party's attorney using the highest ethical standards.

This is to announce that there will be a meeting of the State Executive Committee in Raleigh on Sunday, June 17, 2012, the day after our State Convention, which I will Chair. At that SEC meeting we will, in addition to the conduct of regular business, hold elections for all Party office vacancies and hold a referendum on the State Party Chair, which I will not conduct. If there are multiple candidates for State Chair, we will have an election.  If there is a single candidate, there will be an acclamation.

The meeting should be as energetic and spirited as when we gathered in Greensboro on January 28. Chairing that meeting and feeling your exuberance as we conducted the business of our Party mere days after our Governor decided not to run for re-election was absolutely wonderful.  

I look forward to moving this Party forward from now until June 17. In the interim, we will be changing our personnel policies and searching for a new Executive Director.

I have every confidence that we will have an Executive Director (ED) on board by then. The ED Search Committee plus a member from Charlotte and another from the East is being formed now -- the Search Committee members that I have contacted are ready to serve.

The concerns of the Elected officials, while unfounded, challenge us to discern the leadership direction of this Party. The good of the Democratic Party must be my polar star to guide this ship into battle in the Fall. While we should focus on fighting the Republican philosophy that is turning our State back to the 1950's, we must focus for the moment on Party Unity. You may expect and demand the same strong, assertive leadership from me as you have had since you elected me in January of 2011. This Party belongs to all Democrats, both those who do the work and those who are elected to serve.

I look forward to District Conventions on May 19, the State Convention on June 16, 2012 in Raleigh where we will elect National, Delegates and adopt our Platform and to an invigorating SEC meeting on June 17, 2012 in Raleigh where we the Democrats will decide our direction as we go into the battles of the Fall.

This is our Party, our State and our future. The state Democratic Party chairman is defying the odds and refusing to resign under the weight of a political controversy involving allegations of sexual harassment and a secret settlement agreement with a former staffer.

In a letter Wednesday to the state’s party’s executive committee, David Parker said he has the “strong support” of the party’s executive council for his chairmanship.

“They have consulted with our party attorney and are clearly as satisfied as am I that there was no cover up and that the personnel matter was professionally and appropriately handled by the Party’s attorney using the highest ethical standards,” he wrote in the message.

He called for a June 17 referendum on his chairmanship at an executive committee meeting.

State Executive Committee Members, 

I have met with our Executive Council via teleconference and am gratified by their strong support for my continued Chairmanship. They have consulted with our Party attorney and are clearly as satisfied as am I that there was no cover up and that the personnel matter was professionally and appropriately handled by the Party's attorney using the highest ethical standards.

This is to announce that there will be a meeting of the State Executive Committee in Raleigh on Sunday, June 17, 2012, the day after our State Convention, which I will Chair. At that SEC meeting we will, in addition to the conduct of regular business, hold elections for all Party office vacancies and hold a referendum on the State Party Chair, which I will not conduct. If there are multiple candidates for State Chair, we will have an election.  If there is a single candidate, there will be an acclamation.

The meeting should be as energetic and spirited as when we gathered in Greensboro on January 28. Chairing that meeting and feeling your exuberance as we conducted the business of our Party mere days after our Governor decided not to run for re-election was absolutely wonderful.  

I look forward to moving this Party forward from now until June 17. In the interim, we will be changing our personnel policies and searching for a new Executive Director.

I have every confidence that we will have an Executive Director (ED) on board by then. The ED Search Committee plus a member from Charlotte and another from the East is being formed now -- the Search Committee members that I have contacted are ready to serve.

The concerns of the Elected officials, while unfounded, challenge us to discern the leadership direction of this Party. The good of the Democratic Party must be my polar star to guide this ship into battle in the Fall. While we should focus on fighting the Republican philosophy that is turning our State back to the 1950's, we must focus for the moment on Party Unity. You may expect and demand the same strong, assertive leadership from me as you have had since you elected me in January of 2011. This Party belongs to all Democrats, both those who do the work and those who are elected to serve.

I look forward to District Conventions on May 19, the State Convention on June 16, 2012 in Raleigh where we will elect National, Delegates and adopt our Platform and to an invigorating SEC meeting on June 17, 2012 in Raleigh where we the Democrats will decide our direction as we go into the battles of the Fall.

This is our Party, our State and our future. 


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Waco Loco

Chairman Parker reminds me of the guy holed up in Waco who preferred to burn down the whole place to preserve his belief in a universe that had him at its center.

The Letter that the N&O Won't Publish

The whole "yellow dog" Demonrat machine in North Taxolina is perverted. The Charlotte Observer, The Fayetteville Times, The Raleigh News and Observer,The Asheville Cittizen,Wilmington Red Star etc and more protect these corrupt pieces of trash. This isn't even the tip of the iceberg...

 

A bombshell letter from the former North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) communications staffer to now-former NCDP Executive Director Jay Parmley detailing the allegations of sexual harassment has surfaced.

In the letter, dated Dec. 8, 2011 — which local news outlet WRAL  with redactions of alleged victim Adriadn Ortega’s name — Ortega alleges that Parmley “frequently gave me unwanted shoulder rubs despite my verbal objections” and that Parmley “often solicited my opinion on his clothes.”

“He would point both hands to his crotch area and ask me how his crotch looked in those pants that day,” Ortega wrote, adding that Parmley “would frequently pretend  to punch my crotch and make a popping noise with his mouth.”

“On July 28, 2011, the executive director discussed, in detail, his sexual activities from the past when he was living in South Carolina,” Ortega then said. “In addition, he discussed in detail his sexual activities from when he moved to North Carolina, where he solicited sex from gay websites such as [REDACTED].”

The next day — on July 29, 2011 — Ortega alleged that Parmley “showed me a picture of a penis.”

“And, on September 6, 2011, during the drive back from the DNC Kick-Off in Charlotte, the executive director reached back several times from the driver’s seat and caressed my leg,” Ortega added.

Ortega said he raised concerns about this behavior — which he described as sexual harassment — with Parmley on Oct. 1, 2011. Two days later, he went to former NCDP Executive Director Scott Falmlen to discuss the behavior as well. Ortega said Falmlen described him as a “valuable employee,” but Parmley turned around and fired him on Nov. 21, 2011.

In the letter, Ortega said he believes he was “fired in retaliation for my complaints of sexual harassment.”

Ortega then said he would sign a “separation agreement, confidentiality agreement and release” on the condition that he got a financial settlement package. The package he requested to stay quiet was a “provision of severance compensation equal to one year’s pay” and “with regards to health insurance, NCDP will cover the cost of my COBRA for one year or until I find employment with health coverage, whichever comes first.”

The exact value of the financial settlement package Ortega received for signing the non-disclosure agreement he later signed is at this point unclear. NCDP officials have continually refused to answer questions about it.

NCDP spokesman Walton Robinson has not responded to any of The Daily Caller’s requests for comment on this scandal, and did not answer when asked for comment about this letter.

After TheDC broke this story last week, Parmley resigned on Sunday. Since then, a chorus of high-profile Democrats have demanded the immediate resignation of Parmley’s boss, NCDP Chairman David Parker. North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue, the highest profile official to demand Parkers resignation,admitted that she has been aware of the allegations of sexual harassment since “late last year.” She called for Parker’s resignation only after telling a reporter who asked about the scandal to “get over it

Late on Wednesday, Parker defied Perdue and publicly refused to step aside amid the scandal and subsequent appearance of a cover-up. “There was no cover-up and that the personnel matter was professionally and appropriately handled by the party’s attorney using the highest ethical standards.”

Before this new letter surfaced, Perdue responded to Parker’s public defiance and refusal to resign by saying that wasn’t acceptable. According to local news reports, Perdue said Parker “needs to go.”

Brad Crone, a North Carolina Democratic campaign consultant, told TheDC that he thinks this letter proves even more so that Parker needs to resign.

“This story is spiraling out of control and is damaging the party in ways we cannot imagine,” Crone wrote in an email. “I do not understand how Chairman Parker is willing to put himself before the interest of the party. The Democratic Party is bigger than one person, it’s sad that Chairman Parker doesn’t realize that fact. This letter is devastating and shows a real lack in judgment in managing the senior staff. Clearly, it’s time for Chairman Parker to resign and do it now.”

White House spokesman Eric Schultz, Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse and Obama re-election campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt have not returned any of TheDC’s requests for comment on the issue.

Even so, Obama is scheduled to visit North Carolina next Tuesday. “Next week we’ll find out whether or not he has the support of President Obama,” North Carolina GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood told TheDC.

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