NC Democratic Party executive director fired

Posted February 9, 2014

Robert Dempsey (Source: LinkedIn)

— After less than a year as executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Robert Dempsey was fired Sunday, an attorney for the state party said Sunday night.

"Mr. Dempsey is no longer executive director," David Harris said, declining to say why other than that the dismissal was a personnel matter.

Dempsey had no comment Sunday night, and state Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller did not respond to messages seeking comment.

According to multiple sources, some of whom talked to Dempsey, Dempsey said he was informed Sunday that he was being let go.

Casey Mann, who has served as the North Carolina Democratic Party's state director for the past year, has been named interim executive director.

Dempsey, who was the choice of a search committee led by Voller, was installed as the party's executive director in May to lead the structure toward the 2014 elections after extensive losses in 2010 and 2012.

Before coming to North Carolina, he managed the congressional campaign of now-California Democrat Rep. Scott Peters and also served as executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party.

Voller, the former mayor of Pittsboro, was narrowly elected chairman in early 2013, and the party's first vice president resigned a few months later, complaining about Voller's leadership.

Voller also faced questions about some business-related debt and a party fundraising trip.

According to the state party's bylaws, the executive director works at the pleasure of the chairman, but several Democrats have filed a complaint against Voller with the North Carolina Democratic Party's Council of Review

"I hope Mr. Voller will be straightforward with his party and explain his action," one of those Democrats, John Burns, said in a statement to WRAL News. "Unilateral actions of the chairman are exactly what got him in trouble last spring, and these actions are inconsistent with the letter and spirit of the agreement he reached with us."


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  • XLAW Feb 11, 2014

    I have been a registered Democrat my entire life - but if Ben Chavis is named as Executive Director the party has gone too far left and I will no longer be a registered Democrat. I knew much too much about his past and the umbrella of the Democratic Party is not big enough for both of us!

  • bmac813 Feb 11, 2014

    IJAZ FAHTED, they learned it from the Liberal Communist Democrats.
    Barber is nothing nut a show piece. Like Obama, Pelosi, Jackson, Sharpton always looking for that Microphone and TV Camera's.

  • glarg Feb 10, 2014

    No- the GOP is where the majority is. Remember all that gay marriage and government forcing you to buy products you wont want that was going in the '70's? No? Thats because it never happened, those are new Democrat positions.

    The Democrat party is drifting father and father left with coastal socialist who are nominal Democrats running the party.

    The majority of States are GOP, the majority of State house seats are GOP. The majority of House of Representative seats are GOP- thats the majority of the country.

    Hardly a marginal party. However if yo factor out seats in the top 10 urban areas the Dems only control about 20% of the state houses seats. Yikes! Thats a party that is rapidly becoming a marginal, urban-only entity that doesnt compete nation wide.

    Thats why Heath Schuler is no longer in Congress.

  • Christopher Rose Feb 10, 2014
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    Actually the nation conversation now is about how the Republican party has drifted so far right and pigeon holed itself so badly it may not be viable as a national party anymore. Democrats currently occupy the center of the discourse. And yes the fact that you think today's Democrats are liberals outside of a few shows you are on of those out in the far right weeds with no clue you are becoming demographic and politicly irrelevant.

  • Jackson Smith Feb 10, 2014
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    My gosh. The GOP is giving the Democrats the ammunition and they just shoot themselves.

  • B.c. Jimmy Feb 10, 2014
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    i wonder what he did.

  • Amy Whaley Feb 10, 2014
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    lol, that is just too funny

  • HeadsUp Feb 10, 2014

    NCGOP prayer of the day: "Please, God, let Randy Voller hired Ben Chavis as the new Executive Director of the N.C. Democratic Party. Amen."

  • officebox Feb 10, 2014

    The last ED was a sexual predator who preyed on his young male staffer. (BTW - whatever happened to the investigation that was to find the source of the money used to pay the employee off?) Hopefully this is just a case of not doing his job instead of ruining another person's life.

  • A person Feb 10, 2014

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    Funny, it is always the Liberals that resort to name calling since they have no real argument to begin with