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HeadsUp Feb 12, 9:31 p.m.
This is the worst news for the NCGOP all week.
ecu4me2 Feb 12, 7:41 p.m.
djbyrdnc Feb 12, 6:27 p.m.
Amazing that Voller would think hiring Chavis would help bring NC democrats together with Chavis's pass. I think I know who needs to be fired. Voller.
officebox Feb 12, 4:52 p.m.
The pic is Voller, not Chavis. Voller is not African American. WRAL should be identifying the person in the pic, esp when the headline has a different person's name in it.
cjw6105 Feb 12, 4:09 p.m.
Chavis was obviously the wrong choice.
Rev. Barber best illustrates the right choice for the Democrat Party as we know it today.
Hill55 Feb 12, 3:34 p.m.
I'm sorry, but is this picture of a man that is an African-American? or did WRAL put up an incorrect photo?
cbuckyoung Feb 12, 3:32 p.m.
Ample more evidence of the dysfunctional, ultra radical, racist, growing anti-Jewish bent of the North Carolina Democratic Party.
It is frightening to think that anyone would even consider demented Ben Chavis for any position. Chavis' record of racial antipathy, support for Muslim terrorist, criminal behavior, sexual harassment, and general radicalism shows just how far down the wrong path the Democratic Party has trod.
Only psychopathic, incoherent, ranting leftist took part in the obstruction of the people's business by illegally and immorally obstructing the NC Legislature.
notexactly Feb 12, 3:19 p.m.
so what you are saying is if you didnt see it happen , then it must be a lie? Must be one of those folks that only believe it if it is on msnbc. And we did see what you did. You took completely ignorant topics and compared them to actually real ones. One is a lie (yours) and one is actually true (meps)
ncprr1 Feb 12, 2:45 p.m.
"How is it that the NC Democratic Party is so adept at shooting itself in the foot. At a time when the NC Republican Party is on the right hand extreme and the middle ground is wide open to grab, the NCDP moves to the far, far left."JDMIII
The Republican party on the right hand extreme? That is the exact opposite of reality. They are so far middle-left, they are about where the Democrat party was 30 years ago. Before they went full-communist. There is no right anymore.
TTCP Feb 12, 2:42 p.m.
That's a crying shame.
disgusted2010 Feb 12, 2:22 p.m.
It is this type of thinking that has destroyed the Democratic Party in the US. It is not he party "of color." It was supposed to be the party of common people. It has developed into the party of takers, whiners, malcontents, who only want to take from those that work and give to those who will not. Wake up Democrats, this country cannot afford the entitlements and give aways for those who have never and will never contribute to society.
glarg Feb 12, 2:18 p.m.
Its a good point- if there is illegal activity, or a reason to suspect illegal activity then Voeller as a public official and Harris as an officer of the Court have a responsibility to report it.
sandim50 Feb 12, 2:16 p.m.
whatelseisnew....Iagree with you and in addition, 2 separate sexual harrassment cases(that we know of) bombing conviction, which was politically pardoned?
I do not want this type of person at the head of my party.
I wonder what else is not being told to US
officebox Feb 12, 1:53 p.m.
Why can't it be shared with the public? Because everyone will see the emperor has no clothes? This is just like the previous Executive Predator of the party. Promises that everything will come out, we'll find out who and how the staffer was bought off. Never happened.
They can't be shared with the public because you don't want people to know what a sham it all is. Forget the rich people. The 1% I dislike is the out of touch political elite.
unaffiliated69 Feb 12, 1:24 p.m.
The fact that the Democrats did not endorse Chavis as the director of the party shows they may be closet racists. Worse, they are not acknowledging the changing nature of their base electorate. Democrats need to appeal to people of color if they are to prevail.
whatelseisnew Feb 12, 1:06 p.m.
They were not moral protests. They were bigots and racists that want to steal from their neighbors and pretend they are moral.
oleguy Feb 12, 12:53 p.m.
Man them Democ are at it again,Put Chavis in and destroy the party once and for all, Yeh I am a reg,s democrat,,
wraluser Feb 12, 12:49 p.m.
Really? Lets see it... Where is it? or do we just take your "word" for "it"... Geez... complete non-thing (lie).
thomasew52 Feb 12, 12:49 p.m.
All the Dem party has going for it are people who want something for nothing, at another person's expense, Barber's whiny "we lost our freebies" group, pandering to illegal aliens, an the remainder of the population who don't believe in carrying your load, paying your due taxes, and being a citizen who embraces the responsibilities that come with living in a free democratic society. Dems all the while pretend to be for the working people, well, I'll say the tax revenue generated by the working people so they can engage in vote buying, AKA entitlement programs, and other govt. giveaways. Dems are an out of touch with the working class tax paying citizen, and they don't seem to even see that. How long can they keep making a living off taking from the have's and giving to don't care, lazy, have nots? Hopefully not too long. Looking forward to the time to come when the Dems fold up shop due to running out of people to mooch off of.
wraluser Feb 12, 12:40 p.m.
I too, saw republicans who thought the world was still flat...and that thunder was actually a critter under the mountain... see what I did there? Just as much credibility in both statements... Complete falsehood and lies.
mep Feb 12, 12:24 p.m.
"Our main concern is to turn anger into action," Voller said, referencing the discontent Democrats and others have displayed through the "Moral Monday" protests. He said Chavis could help the party "win elections from Sen. Kay Hagan on down to county commissioners."
That's right... spread the hate and offer free stuff in order to win votes. Funny thing... I saw people interviewed at the so-called "moral" march. They were asked to provide specifics on why the believed certain issues like voter id was bad (which the protesters were asked to bring their own ID by the organizers... lol)... or why the Tea Party was racist.... NONE of the interviewees could provide specific answers to the questions... even the good Rev Barber tripped up. No wonder liberal Democrats are losing.
wraluser Feb 12, 12:20 p.m.
Who said this guy should lead my party? Fire them all... starting with Randy...
Wheelman Feb 12, 12:19 p.m.
Voller seems like a great decision by the state Democrats. I think you should just let him do as he pleases. Come on, please.....
wraluser Feb 12, 12:19 p.m.
Randy, I am a democrat and I think you should leave as well. Start fresh with no existing member allowed to continue. You and your group have done nothing but prove that you need to go far far away.
disgusted2010 Feb 12, 12:02 p.m.
One more example of outsiders ruining the party. The extremists liberals who want to buy votes with handouts have taken over and unless they are kicked out the Democratic Party of NC might as well disband.
Whistling Dixie Feb 12, 12:01 p.m.
Firing a man for no apparent reason without consulting the other party members is arrogant enough.
Then promptly promoting a man that defended theNation of Islam and Farrakhan against allegations of anti-Semitism and said he did not believe that Iran or Libya support terrorism might bring up a red flag as to his agenda. You would think. But hey, look how far we have come as a nation since 2008.
retroconsultant Feb 12, 11:42 a.m.
Why does the Democratic party in NC have to go outside to find a leader? They believe there is no competence among the locals? What a self-indictment.
westernwake1 Feb 12, 11:40 a.m.
Well stated! If the NC Democratic party wants to have any chance in the upcoming elections then they need to move to the center and focus on the issues most important to citizens of North Carolina like education. Most importantly they need to present a platform that provides reasonable solutions.
retroconsultant Feb 12, 11:38 a.m.
Gwen: " there were things that cannot be shared with the public."
Really? If they were illegal, they should be shared. If they were legal, why was he fired? And you would think the Dems would like to explain it. The only thing that can't be shared is - - well, - - is "personnel issues", aka inappropriate behavior.
jdmiii Feb 12, 11:17 a.m.
How is it that the NC Democratic Party is so adept at shooting itself in the foot. At a time when the NC Republican Party is on the right hand extreme and the middle ground is wide open to grab, the NCDP moves to the far, far left.
This is one of the most inept moves that could possibly be taken by the NCDP and at the worst possible time. It is very apparent that the NCDP has been overwhelmed by left wing activists and is no more representative of the people of NC than the NCRP.
People we are in need of representation that is not reflective of the extremes.
westernwake1 Feb 12, 11:12 a.m.
The state Democrats need to come to the realization that the reason they were kicked out of power in N.C. after 100 years is not because the Republican party had better ideas; it is because the Democrats were so crooked that the citizens of our state could not abide by them anymore. How many Democrats have been indicted and locked up in prison? They have stolen everything which is not nailed down in our state. And this is how the Republicans got voted in. If the Democrats want to regain the governors mansion and a majority in the legislature then they need to clean up their party - and come to the table with moderate ideas that appeal to the majority of citizens in North Carolina.
disgusted2010 Feb 12, 11:11 a.m.
That's a good first step. Then the party needs to be taken back by North Carolina Democrats and send the left wing outsiders packing. This in the ONLY way that the Democrat Party can survive and thrive. Otherwise all the old NC democrats will leave the party, along with their money and votes.
A person Feb 12, 11:10 a.m.
The party of hate is having a hard time finding a chief hater. Hillary is doing fine with Barack on the national level, but what does it matter
Sundays Child Feb 12, 11:02 a.m.
What's the problem? The Democratic Party IS the party of hate and division. Be truthful! Show who you are!
glarg Feb 12, 10:59 a.m.
The snooze and observer says:
In a contentious conference call with upward of 100 party executive leaders Tuesday night
How are there 100 'executive leaders' for one state party.
How does anyone expect a conference call with 100 angry participants to ever come off successfully?
I see a lot of planning-to-fail here.
Paladin2 Feb 12, 10:55 a.m.
WesternWake1, the Democrats are very good at executing bad policies, i.e., the policies of Obama that have devasted the national economy. But they have failed at executing good policies - because they have few.
rickandlinda88 Feb 12, 10:42 a.m.
the very best help for the republican party in north carolina,would be to appoint ben chavis as it's director..
westernwake1 Feb 12, 10:36 a.m.
The expression has been this way since the 1960s. Can you point to any example in the past 50 years of the Democrats being good at execution in terms of implementing policy. I can point to dozens of failures but no successes. The most recent fiasco at a national level being the roll-out of Obamacare.
BubbaDukeforPresident Feb 12, 10:30 a.m.
I don't see the problem. Just because he's a community activist and arsonist doesn't make him any worse than other Democrats.
A person Feb 12, 10:29 a.m.
Chavis could not be any worse that the last few crooks they have had
baldchip Feb 12, 10:25 a.m.
Hiring a convicted fellon as Exec. Director is an absolute hoot!! Is that the best the DemocRATS can do??? Might be!!! There is real trouble in NC liberal land!!
Paladin2 Feb 12, 10:24 a.m.
WesternWake1, you got the old expression completely backwards.
DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 12, 10:21 a.m.
One person, Voller, has the power to hire and fire all on his own, without consulting the body or a committee or anything?
ncprr1 Feb 12, 10:20 a.m.
While he would be a perfect candidate for today's Democrats, Hugo, the Chavis that they identify with more closely, died last year.
westernwake1 Feb 12, 10:06 a.m.
I doubt that it was for any type of "just cause". We will wait for the facts to come out. It is more likely that it was simply because Voller wanted to replace him with Chavis (which would be a disaster for the Democratic party in North Carolina).
It appears that you have insider knowledge of the situation, never post on any other WRAL thread, and are simply here to defend Voller. What is your position in the state Democratic party? And how twisted is it when Democratic operatives need to show up on a WRAL discussion forums to defend the action of their state Chairman - it shows just how clearly the party is in disarray.
V-Vet 72-75 Feb 12, 9:47 a.m.
WOW. The Dems are smarter than I thought. Probably not a wise move to hire Chavis.
lec02572 Feb 12, 9:38 a.m.
Go ahead and appoint Chavis. The GOP will have a field day with that one.
gman007 Feb 12, 9:31 a.m.
Gwen.., of, for, by the people?? Maybe years ago it was. Now, it's: of the party, for the party, by the party, and to heck with anyone who disagrees. And I think the 'public' has a right to know why a ''public official' was suddenly removed from his position of 'public trust'.
westernwake1 Feb 12, 9:21 a.m.
This demonstrates the usual organizational incompetence of the Democratic party and is not surprising. There is an old expression that goes along the lines of - "The difference between the Democratic and Republican parties is that the Democrats generally have good ideas but are very poor at execution, and the Republicans generally have very bad ideas but unfortunately are very good at execution."
Hill55 Feb 12, 9:18 a.m.
Exactly! Just with a bit more polish.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03