Four members of the state Democratic Party are trying to remove chairman Randy Vollmer as interim executive director, saying he violated procedure when he named himself to that post.
The members have filed a formal petition with the party’s Council of Review. It asks the council to reverse the actions Voller took on April 28, when he appointed himself without the approval of the executive committee. The petitioners say that was beyond the scope of his authority.
He also improperly appointed 12 people to be co-chairs of the sustaining fund, which made them members of the executive council, the petition says, which had the effect of solidifying his self-appointment.
The petition wouldn't affect his position as party chairman.
“My fellow petitioners and I do not file this petition lightly,” according to a copy of the cover letter with the petition provided to Dome. Nor do they mean ill will toward Voller nor the 12 appointees, it says. Rather, they say they seek to clarify and enforce the rules and the power of the party chairman.
Author of the cover letter was Raleigh attorney John D. Burns.
Voller is the Democratic Party chairman. He has been heading up a search for a permanent executive director to replace Jay Parmley, who resigned last year amid allegations of sexual harassment, which he denied.
Voller had to apologize recently for telling a group of Democratic women that the GOP was "raping us along the way."
Correction: An earlier, briefly posted version of this item incorrectly listed the three other people who signed the petition. They are Greg Flynn, Montica Talmadge and Treva Johnson.