Randy Voller, the lone remaining candidate in the race for N.C. Democratic Party chairman, sent a statement praising Sen. Eric Mansfield, who left the race Thursday.
"Over the past five weeks, Senator Eric Mansfield and I became brothers in the Democratic family," said Voller, the Pittsboro mayor. "Frequently, we expressed our mutual admiration, and we vowed to run a totally positive campaign that would be completely different from every other campaign that came before it -- for there would be no winner; there would be no loser. Whatever the outcome, we would work together arm-in-arm and hand-in-hand to move forward on the path of revitalization for the North Carolina Democratic Party."
"It is with great sadness that I learned of his mother’s illness, and I wish her a swift and total recovery that will be assured by having such a brilliant physician as her son constantly at her side," he continued. "But, make no mistake: Eric Mansfield will be back working together with all of us in our movement to reverse the twisted course history has taken in North Carolina so that we can return to our true mission of leading American progress from the very front."