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NC Democratic Party embroiled in sex harassment scandal

Posted April 13, 2012

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— Leaders of the North Carolina Democratic Party declined to answer questions Friday about reports that a junior staffer quit working for the party last fall after being sexually harassed by a senior party official.

Several party officials said they were told the party settled with the young man and that he signed a non-disclosure agreement. No financial settlement appears on the party's finance reports.

The senior official allegedly behind the harassment is still working at the party's Raleigh headquarters.

Sallie Leslie, a former administrator, quit the state party six weeks ago. She told WRAL News on Friday that the decision came after much thought.

"I, quite frankly, could not be a part of any organization that protected a predator," Leslie said.

Late Friday, state party Chairman David Parker issued a statement saying that people who have left the party in recent months did so for professional reasons.

"Over the last several months, several employees left their employment with the NCDP for business or professional reasons unrelated to their job performance, by mutual agreement of the parties involved," Parker said. "These are personnel matters about which we cannot and will not comment further."

The staffer who left last fall said he cannot talk about the issue.

Democratic Party Logo Consultants: NC Dems need to be upfront about harassment allegations

Democratic consultants said party leaders have to step up and address the issue directly.

"We don't know what the truth is. We know what the rumors and conjecture are. So, it's incumbent on the party chair at this time to assemble a full report and release the findings of fact, get the truth out there, get in front of the story," consultant Brad Crone said. "Transparency is the best policy in this situation. If there's a cover-up, it will doom you."

"One would hope that the party would come clean about what they've done, explain their decision-making and move on because, behind the scenes, there's no question this is roiling Democratic party activists," consultant Joe Sinsheimer said.

In an email chain leaked to WRAL News, a local party official said he was worried that the scandal, which alleges harassment of a male staffer by a male superior, could harm the party's fight against the proposed constitutional amendment on the May 8 ballot defining marriage in North Carolina as being between one man and one woman.

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  • jjordan231179 Apr 16, 10:05 a.m.

    I am shocked that WRAL would actually put up a story like this against their chosen party. Of course, it won't hit the "headlines" but I'm still shocked they're carrying it at all.
    Milkman
    April 13, 2012 6:35 p.m.
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    Im shocked you keep coming to WRAL and giving them views. LOL Im sure they thank you for the support! DUUHHHHHHHHH

  • JohnFLob Apr 13, 7:40 p.m.

    Follow-up to

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/13/nc-dem-official-sexually-harrassed-staffer-party-fears-credibility-doomed/

    Follow up to the above link provided by computer trainer April 13, 2012 5:31 p.m.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/13/top-nc-dem-official-named-in-same-sex-harassment-claim-by-male-staffer/

  • geosol Apr 13, 7:28 p.m.

    Sorry, this is all just librul media propaganda again. Watch Faux News if you want to knoe the TRUTH!!!

  • linspace Apr 13, 7:27 p.m.

    No.. not the democrats... never.....

  • faperrigo Apr 13, 7:26 p.m.

    Maybe the N and O will have a prominent story on it in Sunday's paper? Or will they run their followup in the classifieds.

  • ediemary03 Apr 13, 7:18 p.m.

    I read the emails and it seems as though Watt Jones was upset that his complaint regarding Walton Robinsons's "angry email" went unnoticed. After his complaint was disregarded by Daniel Parker, THEN Watt Jones got upset. Since no disciplinary action was taken against the "mouthy" Walton Robinson, Watt decided NOW is the time to be concerned about an alleged sexual harassment incident that occurred LAST YEAR. So, Watt's feathers were ruffled and now someone is going to pay. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  • mep Apr 13, 7:01 p.m.

    Same sex sexual harassment by a senior staffer. Sexual harassment is bad enough... but when it is by the same sex kinda makes it worse.

  • christopher27519 Apr 13, 6:37 p.m.

    Always convenient for the MSM to post this type of a story on a Friday night at the end of the news week cycle. Let's just sweep this under the rug and hope nobody runs with it...

  • Milkman Apr 13, 6:35 p.m.

    I am shocked that WRAL would actually put up a story like this against their chosen party. Of course, it won't hit the "headlines" but I'm still shocked they're carrying it at all.

  • ncdixie1 Apr 13, 6:21 p.m.

    I reckon Clinton gave the dems the right to sex in the office.

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