Parker will not resign, calls for referendum on his job

Posted April 18, 2012

— The embattled chairman of the state Democratic Party says he will not resign but has called a referendum on his role.

"I have met with our Executive Council via teleconference and am gratified by their strong support for my continued Chairmanship," David Parker said.

Parker came under fire late last week when sexual harassment allegations against former party executive director Jay Parmley surfaced. Parker arranged for a settlement with the victim in the matter and allowed Parmley to continue working at the party.

Parmley resigned Sunday. Speculation soon followed that Parker would follow, but he has stood fast. 

Tuesday, Gov. Bev Perdue and six other Democrats elected statewide and legislative leaders called for Parker's resignation. 

Parker said Tuesday he would not resign and repeated that Wednesday.

“In light of recent events and the fact that a significant number of Democrats, and especially the statewide-elected officials, have voiced the opinion that Chairman Parker no longer is able to be effective as chair, it is disappointing,” said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. “The request that was made yesterday … was for good cause.”

Perdue also reiterated her call for Parker to step down. 

“I am reiterating my call for the chairman of the party to resign. The process laid out by the chairman in his email late today to Executive Committee members is totally unacceptable. The chairman needs to go," Perdue wrote.

Gwen Wilkins, the party's first vice chair and one of the people with whom Parker met, said the chairman's claims of support were not founded.

"I was elected because dedicated and loyal democrats had faith that I would not sit back and be quiet when the time came to speak up... With that said, let me be clear: that all – and I stress ALL -- those on the [state Democrats'] Executive Council have NOT indicated their support of Chairman Parker," Wilkins said. "It is my opinion that the statement made by him is misleading to the Democrats that elected him to office and to our voters."

Parker said he has called a meeting of the party's state executive committee for Sunday, June 17, in Raleigh. 

"At that SEC meeting we will, in addition to the conduct of regular business, hold elections for all party office vacancies and hold a referendum on the State Party Chair, which I will not conduct. If there are multiple candidates for State Chair, we will have an election. If there is a single candidate, there will be an acclamation," Parker wrote in an email Wednesday afternoon. 



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  • Rebelyell55 Apr 19, 2012

    Just another reason why people should register and vote as independent. Make a choice with your vote that you can live with.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 19, 2012

    They be some weasels in that chicken coop.

  • hostile witness Apr 19, 2012

    As a staunch Republican, I agree wholeheartedly that Mr. Parker should remain at the helm as the NCDP bears down on the iceberg in November.

  • wildpig777 Apr 19, 2012

    democrats resign so they can go to prison hahahahahahahahaha

  • Mr Davis Apr 19, 2012

    The time for the NCDP to remove these two was when the incidents first occurred. By not trying remove them for months speaks volumes about the behavior condoned by the NCDP. I hope you fight tooth and nail to keep your posistion Mr Parker. You have earned it. Good Luck!

  • 23tony Apr 18, 2012


    Wonder if anything will change tomorrow?

  • yankee1 Apr 18, 2012

    Democrats don't resign, they get promoted and honored for this type of behavior. Bill Clinton- 'nuff said!

  • dontstopnow Apr 18, 2012

    I rarely vote Democrat even though I am a registered Democrat so now with this latest embarrassment by the leaders of the party, it is time for me to switch parties. Independent sounds about right. :)

  • dnabailbonds Apr 18, 2012

    Not all is quiet in Wayne's camp either. DOI Investigators are running rampid, abusing power, committing perjury, trumping up charges on innocent people because of personal vendettas, violating individual's civil rights. Wayne Goodwin and his Criminal Investigative Department need to be investigated themselves! Many people are coming forward on the above issues, enough is enough NC DOI! Mike Causey for Commissioner! Wayne refuses to listen or address complaints regarding his department there for he has lost votes!

  • early exit Roy Apr 18, 2012

    It's amazing when something like this happens to a democrat. The print media nor the radion stations pujt the pressure on them to resign. But let it be a republican and these two news media goes nuts. They will hound a republican until he resigns, but let the democrat stay in his position.