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NC Democratic Party tries to move past tumultuous year

Posted September 4, 2012

— The festivities surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte are in stark contrast to the rough year Democrats in North Carolina have had to endure.

Gov. Beverly Perdue surprised many when she decided in January not to seek re-election, leaving the party at a financial and organizational disadvantage. Republicans controlled redistricting for the first time in more than a century, creating new legislative and congressional districts that could make Democrats more of a minority in the General Assembly.

The state Democratic Party also was criticized for its handling of sexual harassment claims by a former staffer against the executive director, who subsequently resigned.

Yet, party Chairman David Parker, who withstood a challenge to his own position in the sex harassment scandal, said Tuesday that the party is unified despite the fractures. 

"I didn't know there was any turmoil that would influence a single voter," Parker said. "I don't think any voters are going to make any decisions (based) on inside baseball."

NC Dems say they're unified despite tumult NC Dems say they're unified despite tumult

He and other party leaders seemed eager to look forward, not backward, as they led what amounted to a breakfast pep rally for North Carolina convention delegates.

"The few issues we've had inside the party will not affect this election in any way. I'm confident of that," 1st District Congressman G.K. Butterfield said.

"I think we're past that. We're concentrating on winning the election and not worrying about our internal difficulties," 4th District Congressman David Price said.

"It's not totally solved, but we've got a good campaign together that's got all of us engaged, and that's what really counts right now," Price said.

Parker echoed those sentiments.

"Voters will talk about and think about jobs. They'll think about education. They'll think about the issues relevant in their day-to-day lives," he said.

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  • nuke Sep 5, 11:46 a.m.

    So the moto of the Democrats should be "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain?"

    We should not forget the damage they have caused this great country.

  • superman Sep 5, 11:26 a.m.

    The Democratic party is indeed in a bubble. They going to see in Novemember just how fragile they are. Have voted Dem all my life but no more. Instead of looking at the name on the ballot I will look at the party-- any Dem will not get my vote dont care what office they are seeking. With Purdue and Obama I have had more than enough.

  • cwood3 Sep 5, 9:39 a.m.

    PBJ-I am amazed that you bring up Cheny and the outing of a well known CIA insider-she was not an agent!!! More vital secret info has been released to the media for political reasons by this incompetent administration than Cheney ever did!!

    I am amazed at the lack of cometence from Valerie Jarrett, Joe-bigmouth-Biden, And Mr. Obama himself. IT'S ALL ABOUT HIM-NOT AMERICA!!! I see ZERO PATRIOTISM in this White House.

    SAVE AMERICA-ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT!!

  • boneymaroney13 Sep 5, 9:19 a.m.

    What a side-show with obama and Bev head of their respective parties!!

  • pbjbeach Sep 5, 8:58 a.m.

    If the people onn this website want to talk abbout corruption then please dont forget that the repbulcians have had their share of scandels as well dealing with corruption an lying does anyone out there remeber an former president by the name of richard millhouse nixion (tricky dick) how about a president an his v.p cheney lying to the american people an trying to justify an unjustifiable war in both iraq an afghanstand an the intentional outing of a c.i. a agent. these current republican will lie cheat an steal fir out of hell with a match in their pockets as long as it work against the current president for they have been nothing in the congress an the u.s seante but obstrtuctionist to any proposals of this president an thei current adminstration as a whole inorder to insure that he is aone term president they have worked consisitently against any proposal at all . just look at the congressional rating of the u.s congress of a 12.0 %aproval rating the lowest in american history. i

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Sep 5, 8:24 a.m.

    The only way to move past is to dissolve the Democratic Party. It's unAmerican.

  • kcn1350 Sep 4, 7:24 p.m.

    Can you believe the arrogance of this guy:
    "I didn't know there was any turmoil that would influence a single voter," Parker said. "I don't think any voters are going to make any decisions (based) on inside baseball."

    No we don't care a bit about character or corruption.

  • GPEP63 Sep 4, 6:43 p.m.

    Lets have a party and maybe everyone will forget about unfilled promises.

  • boneymaroney13 Sep 4, 5:59 p.m.

    That party is soooo laughable.

  • christopher27519 Sep 4, 5:53 p.m.

    Barack Hussein Obama...Mmm...Mmm...Mmm...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ty7WU872Lk