Raleigh, N.C. — Embattled state Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller suffered another blow Monday night: the resignation of the party's vice-chairwoman and lead fundraiser, Nina Szlosberg-Landis.
In an email sent Monday night to the several hundred members of the party's executive committee, Szlosberg-Landis said she made the decision "with a very heavy heart" but had come to the conclusion that the party's fundraising would suffer under Voller's continued leadership.
"During the last 100 days, I have become increasingly less comfortable with the tone and practices of the leadership of the party," she wrote. "It has become abundantly clear that donors are not comfortable with the actions of the current Chairman, and our Party will not have the support it needs under the current leadership."
"Despite my best efforts and the efforts of others to try to create some checks and balances, establish financial accountability that could be communicated clearly to the donor pool, and to publicly articulate a vision of shared leadership that would restore donor confidence, it has become clear to me, this is not the will of the Chairman," she wrote.
The high-profile defection is the latest in a string of missteps and controversies that have marked Voller's short tenure.
Elected in February in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal that left former Chairman David Parker at odds with the state's top elected Democrats, Voller barely beat former Congressman Bob Etheridge, who wasn't even in the building to campaign during the election meeting.
Voller's chief opponent, former Fayetteville state Sen. Eric Mansfield, had to drop out of the chairman's race due to family issues.
Since then, Voller has made headlines for firing party executive director Tammy Brunner, accusing Republicans of "raping" the state, stacking the party's executive committee, charging a Las Vegas weekend trip to the party's credit card (which he later repaid) and hiring two consultants at what Voller's critics say are inflated rates.
One of those critics, Winston-Salem political activist Frank Eaton, made a video in mid-May titled "For the Good of the Party," calling for investigations into Voller's personnel and financial management practices.
That video provoked an angry demand for retraction from one of Voller's consultants, Michael Carmichael, who sent a release on Voller's behalf calling the video "libelous" and "scurrilous."
The party did not immediately respond to a request for comment.