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Voller blasts Republicans for not focusing on jobs

In his first press conference since taking the helm of the state Democratic Party, Chairman Randy Voller took aim at Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP legislature, saying they are not fulfilling their campaign promise to focus on the economy.

"All I hear up here is cut, cut, cut and I don't see a lot of things that are creating jobs," he said at party headquarters in Raleigh. "North Carolinians need to have jobs. They need to have jobs that pay. They need to have health insurance. They need to have livable wages."

Voller said the "radical, reactionary" legislature should stop "monkeying around with removing people from commissions and other things that are not focused on creating opportunities in our communities."

He takes control of the Democratic Party despite nearly losing to a race to a candidate who wasn't actively campaigning for the top job. Voller, the Pittsboro mayor, declared that Democrats will lead again and promised to run "the most transparent political operation in state party history."

The N.C. Democratic Party is still trying to recover from a sexual harassment scandal that led to the firing of the executive director and nearly the ouster of former Chairman David Parker.

Asked what he is doing to move past the scandal -- which is still mired in the a civil lawsuit -- Voller demurred, saying staff is handling the matter. He did not outline any steps the party is taking to avoid such a situation going forward.

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