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NC Dems want to put party dissension in past

Posted June 16, 2012
Updated June 17, 2012

— The sexual harassment scandal that rocked the North Carolina Democratic Party this spring is still gaining headlines, but party activists agreed it won't matter come November. They gathered Saturday for their state convention, the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner, at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Despite a defamation lawsuit filed just Thursday that names him, party Chairman David Parker said that "inside baseball" won't affect election outcomes. 

"I don't see any indication that the leadership of this party has any impact on electing Democrats in November," Parker said. 

Former party staffer Adriadn Ortega claims that Parker indirectly called him a liar and extortionist him during an April news conference when he said Ortega made up allegations of sexual harassment against the party's former director, Jay Parmley.

Parmley resigned his post after Ortega's allegations came to light. Parker managed to keep his job when party leaders refused to accept his resignation.

"I don't think people across the state are tuned in to that kind of stuff," said Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange. "It's more of the capital city press."

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, on hand to accept the party's nomination for governor, agreed.

"People inside the Beltline may pay a lot of attention to that," he said. "All the people of North Carolina want to know is how are we going to move forward." Dems gather to plot 2012 strategy Dems look forward to November

The keynote speaker for the event, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, told attendees to do just that.

"This is a very important state, and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure this ticket wins from top to bottom in the state here in November," he said.

Biden is the son of Vice President Joe Biden. He emphasized support for military veterans and education as Democratic principles in his address.

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  • driverkid3 Jun 18, 11:40 a.m.

    "I don't think people across the state are tuned in to that kind of stuff," said Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange. "It's more of the capital city press."

    You just keep on thinking that, Ms. Insko. You are just as out of touch as obama. We, the people are keeping an eagle eye on you and your buddies in Raleigh. You might be able to gloss over it with some. Not all of us are beleiving the bull that comes out of Raleigh anymore.

  • hpr641 Jun 18, 10:35 a.m.

    "I don't see any indication that the leadership of this party has any impact on electing Democrats in November," Parker said.
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    The party's leadership (which controls the purse strings of the NC DNC) has NO impact on the electability of their party's members?????? Did he really say ... THAT?

  • puzzled Jun 18, 10:31 a.m.

    Yeah! I heard that the Dems have asked for the liquor store to be open on the holiday so they will be sure to have enough liquor for their meetings. A bunch of drunks making decisions that effect me????????? And wanting a person accused of sexual harrasment to stay as leader of the party even after he said he would resign?????????? No wonder they need the liquor, what else goes on there? POLITICS and POLITICIANS!

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Jun 18, 10:22 a.m.

    "I don't think people across the state are tuned in to that kind of stuff," said Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange. "It's more of the capital city press."....................Really Verla? You believe that, right? I suppose you also believe that Wally Dolly is the man to clean up North Carolina politics like the Dem Gov assn. ad says. Well, using their own words I say,"YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!"

  • BubbaDuke Jun 18, 10:17 a.m.

    What they want is for us to forget their record of taxation and ignoring the will of the people who elected them (and those who knew better than to vote for them).

  • prodigalrn Jun 18, 9:54 a.m.

    And that, my fellow North Carolinians, is what's wrong with the party. Both parties are so corrupt and scandelous that it is hard to identify with the leadership. It is nothing new, but it surely is tiring. They are suppose to be championing the law and the people, and they are the worst of the lot! Clean house, please. Get the career politicians out of leadership, and give us someone who thinks values matter.
    Gnathostomata

    Truer words have never been spoken! BOTH parties have no claim to owning the moral high-ground! Dems with this scandal, Thom Tillis with his lobbyist-dating-service, and until the voting public votes them ALL out of office, they'll continue their ways. If there is no bad consequence for bad behavior, why would you stop? Vote the incumbents OUT, and stop voting straight-party! Use your head and do some research. Not all bad/good ideas are from Democrats/Republicans.

  • josephlawrence43 Jun 18, 9:25 a.m.

    Logical thinking here--want to heal the divisions within the party and put them behind them--how do you do that? Get everybody present as drunk as a nine-eyed billy goat..

  • Gnathostomata Jun 18, 8:57 a.m.

    "The sexual harassment scandal that rocked the North Carolina Democratic Party this spring is still gaining headlines, but party activists agreed it won't matter come November."

    And that, my fellow North Carolinians, is what's wrong with the party. Both parties are so corrupt and scandelous that it is hard to identify with the leadership. It is nothing new, but it surely is tiring. They are suppose to be championing the law and the people, and they are the worst of the lot! Clean house, please. Get the career politicians out of leadership, and give us someone who thinks values matter.