No-confidence vote for Dem chair from lead fundraiser

Posted June 11, 2013

— 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.


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  • affirmativediversity Jun 11, 2013

    "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,..."


    "Financial accountability to the DONOR POOL" ... wish Democrats had the same commitment to 'financial accountability to the TAXPAYER POOL"!!!!!!!

  • baldchip Jun 11, 2013

    42-If Renee Ellmers is a Republican hack-and defeated Bob(who are you)Ethridge, what does that make him??? Worse maybe???

    You DemocRATS keep fighting while Republicans try to repair the years of corruption you clowns created. Looks like we will be ther for a while.

    Enjoy you fight-it's entertaining for conservatives!!

  • mayhem Jun 11, 2013

    Can't even unite against a common enemy. Pathetic.

  • sportsmema Jun 11, 2013

    Ms.Bullock: I commend your courage for revealing this encounter with Vollner and your dignified response to Chowder. Behavior such as this doesn't characterize a leader of any sort - in any capacity - certainly not in the NCDP. As a Party, we can do much to help NC recover from current events in Raleigh - as a people, we should NEVER support belittlement of anyone - Integrity and Character are paramount to our success in 2014 and 2016. This whole issue of Vollner needs to be addressed ASAP so we can move on to what we should be doing.

  • HeadsUp Jun 11, 2013

    Amazing that NC Dems still can't get it together as NC GOP moves the state far to the right. They get what they deserve.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jun 11, 2013

    Sounds like Mr. Voller has been studying the Chicago playbook:-)

    You mean the playbook that WINS elections? This is exactly what we need. We don't need is Bob Etheridge running the show when he can't even win against a hack like Rene Ellmers.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jun 11, 2013

    I see the old dem gaurd is reporting comments they don't like. Let me repeat:

    The "No-confidence" vote for Dems happened when they lost the House, Senate, and Govt seat in 2010 & 12 elections.

    Let Voller do his job until the next election. If he dosen't deliver then pick someone else.

  • ids Jun 11, 2013

    This is why the Dems are just as bad as the Reps, as a Pittsboro resident for the last 10 years, Voller has been an embarrasement - and thats a nice thing to say - I could say worse...you have to look at many of the mans decisions (for him and his buddies) and wonder how in the world did they vote for him..they deserved what they got.

  • Karmageddon Jun 11, 2013

    Hopefully they'll keep up all this infighting for many years to come. Divide and Conquer!

  • wlbbjb Jun 11, 2013

    "Let Voller do his job until the next election. If he dosen't deliver then pick someone else."

    He lacks INTEGRITY. He should have been dismissed yesterday.