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Democratic activists call for NC chairman to step down

Posted April 16, 2012

— Some Democratic Party activists said Monday that the state party chairman should follow the lead of the party executive director and resign following a sexual harassment scandal.

Jay Parmley, who became the top administrator of the North Carolina Democratic Party last year, stepped down Sunday amid allegations that a sex harassment complaint involving a senior party official had been covered up.

In his resignation letter, Parmley vehemently denied harassing any party worker.

"Let me be clear: I have never harassed any employee at any time at the (state party) or in any other job," he wrote.

Reports began circulating last week 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.

Party insiders are now pushing for state Chairman David Parker to resign as well, noting that Parker approved the non-disclosure agreement, which they say goes against the party values of openness and transparency.

"We have a responsibility to be not only beyond guilt but above suspicion," Democratic consultant Perry Woods said. "I just think how it was handled will make this story keep going, and I think, for the good of the party, the chairman should do the right thing and resign."

Woods introduced a resolution at a local party meeting Saturday night calling for Parker's resignation, but the group didn't vote on it.

North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman David Parker Activists: Non-disclosure violates Democratic Party principles

The chairman of the party is an elected position, and Parker said he isn't stepping down.

"I have no plans to resign," he said in a statement.

Leaders within the party said they will investigate the events that led up to Parmley's resignation, including Parker's role in them.

A Statesville attorney who said he's successfully prosecuted harassment and discrimination cases, Parker said "there have not been grounds for termination for cause of Jay Parmley." He said he accepted his resignation because the sex harassment scandal had become a distraction.

Gov. Beverly Perdue has declined to weigh in on the party's troubles.

"This is an internal personnel matter within the Democratic Party," spokeswoman Chris Mackey said in a statement. "The governor is focused on investing in education and creating jobs for all North Carolinians.”

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  • piene2 Apr 17, 4:06 p.m.

    "I'm a conservative activist and I call for all Democrats to step down, get out of the way, go somewhere else; you're cordially invited to go to the place of eternal damnation. Just shut up and let those of us who know what we're doing rebuild this country you have destroyed.
    BubbaDuke"

    Stick around, you might get a chance in 2016. By than we will have all your mess fixed and you can start on a new one.

  • westernwake1 Apr 17, 2:06 p.m.

    "There's only one President that has left a surplus-Pres. Clinton!" - Tarheel born

    Fact check time. Let's take a look at the accounting math.

    The Myth of the Clinton Surplus -
    http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16

  • Tarheel born Apr 17, 1:44 p.m.

    I'm a conservative activist and I call for all Democrats to step down, get out of the way, go somewhere else; you're cordially invited to go to the place of eternal damnation. Just shut up and let those of us who know what we're doing rebuild this country you have destroyed.

    If I hurt your feelings, it was entirely intentional. You've hurt mine long enough.
    BubbaDuke

    Yea, those dang Democrats got us in those two wars all by themselves and wrecked the economy with no oversight on the financial industry.

    Geez, I'm sorry-it was the two Bushes that declared those wars over in 100 hrs with all that grandstanding and such. And all that deregulation and stuff was just a smoke screen to spread the wealth to the already rich.

    So let's call a spade a spade and spread the blame to those that started the worst recession since the Great Depression. It was the Republicans who were in charge and left huge deficits.

    There's only one President that has left a surplus-Pres. Clinton!

  • BubbaDuke Apr 17, 12:50 p.m.

    I'm a conservative activist and I call for all Democrats to step down, get out of the way, go somewhere else; you're cordially invited to go to the place of eternal damnation. Just shut up and let those of us who know what we're doing rebuild this country you have destroyed.

    If I hurt your feelings, it was entirely intentional. You've hurt mine long enough.

  • Tarheel born Apr 17, 12:37 p.m.

    It is truely right for this current governor not to weigh in on these issues as that she isn't an has never truely been democrat in the first place ever since she took office she has only pretended to be a true democrat for when in reality she has never been nothing short of a elephant just dressing up as a donkey. i personaly am glad to see her not runnig for a second term for she would have surely lost if she had done so . now the party need some one that will be a true an blue democart an quit being a blue dog democrat we need a real old fashin yellow dog democart that will stand up for the citizens of theis sate agianst the special instrest groups an the coporate instrest for sure thank you

    Please translate the above jibberish...........

  • The Yoda Apr 17, 12:30 p.m.

    Yes I did read that but gave it little weight. says peony2

    Is that what the DNC told you to say? How much do they pay you to be such a shill? Do they require that you actually get out of your pajamas?

  • westernwake1 Apr 17, 12:28 p.m.

    "If that was true then we would not be seeing quotes like this from previous articles -

    '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.""

    'Yes I did read that but gave it little weight.' - piene2

    So do you also give the large scale resignations and leaked emails little weight as well.

    The mirrors the exact issue facing the Democratic party - they gave little weight or concern to sexual harassment allegations in their office and ignored & hid the entire situation until it blew up in the media.

  • SmokeWagon Apr 17, 12:10 p.m.

    Oh what's wrong with a little sexual harrasment????...cause remember character doesn't matter...and besides, the last Democrat president did it his whole career and even in the Whith House....!!!!

  • Gnathostomata Apr 17, 12:01 p.m.

    "If only the former executive director could have channeled his pathology into being able to enter into a "marriage" then none of those men would have ever been harassed right liberals? What an insane world we are living in....." ifcdirector

    If this man had character, he would have one partner and not be harrassing staff personnel. Lack of character, morals, and respect runs throughout this country, and it doesn't just apply to one particular group. It just seems to belong to politicians because they condone it even if they do not participate. You know, the "good ol' boy syndrome".

  • Gnathostomata Apr 17, 11:56 a.m.

    "The governor is focused on investing in education and creating jobs for all North Carolinians.”

    Oh, yeah? Please inform the governor that the trickle down effect has yet to make it past Raleigh. And the solution to taking all of the money for roads and paving Raleigh is not to toll I-95. The solution of allowing all job growth to center along I-85 toward the western part of the State has not escaped our attention, either. Keep it up, politicians, just keep it up. Democrats want to spend, spend, spend! Republicans want to pocket, pocket, pocket! Both want to tax, tax, tax! And both sides want to keep the focus off of what they are really doing. They get you to call the other side names, and think yourselves part of their "group", and the truth is you don't matter to politicians except for your vote once every four years or so...get real. If you are not contributing big bucks for campaigns, You Do Not Matter to politicians, so stop the hate and start loving this country.

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