The News & Observer reports a groundswell of support for keeping David Parker as Chair of the NCDP. The N&O report is timely for we can see from the Bluenc online poll that support for Parker’s three announced opponents (Baldwin, Eaton and Vaughan) is tepid at best.
Leading the charge for the retention of David Parker, Bill Franklin is a retired Colonel in the US Army and a longstanding member of the Alamance Democratic Executive Committee and the State Executive Committee (SEC).
In an email blast to the SEC, Franklin argued that concerted efforts to remove Parker amount to an orchestrated plot to sabotage Parker’s reforms at the NCDP that empowered the grassroots.
In his now classic missive, Franklin identified Elaine Marshall as the ringleader of the hostile takeover of the NCDP.
Highlighting Sallie Leslie’s still unsubstantiated charges that Jay Parmley was a sexual “predator” Franklin concludes that Leslie was a disgruntled employee making flimsy allegations while the real reason behind the ouster of Parker is control of the NCDP and its $1.3 million fund from the tax check-off that will be distributed next month after the run-off. Franklin deduces that the deadline for the distribution of funds next month is driving the moves to oust Parker right now in a veritable “rush to judgment.”
Championing grassroots control of the NCDP as opposed to top-down management, Franklin characterizes David Parker as the leader of the precinct chairs, county chairs and district chairs who actually control the Party’s field operations.
In his email blast Franklin demolished the favorite of the Marshall faction, Senator Don Vaughan, who was swiftly exposed as a member of ALEC shortly after his announcement. When it became known on the day after his announcement, Vaughan’s long-term membership in ALEC immediately deflated a lot of potential enthusiasm for his campaign. A few days after the ALEC revelation, Vaughan released a lengthy video of a small group of friendly talking heads endorsing his candidacy that lacked any compelling message and studiously avoided any reference to his decades long membership in the right-wing menace, ALEC.
A member of the Raleigh City Council, Mary Ann Baldwin and documentary film-maker Frank Eaton are the latest entrants. Baldwin admitted on a video that she accepted PAC money from Wachovia. In Raleigh Democratic circles it is well known that Baldwin, a successful marketing executive, has little Democratic Party experience and very little grassroots experience beyond handing out literature at the polls. Eaton issued a powerful video in opposition to Pat McCrory that went viral on YouTube, and he accepted the opportunity to place his name in contention. Eaton is known to be a longtime friend, supporter and confidant of David Parker, and his candidacy seems to have stymied the campaigns of Baldwin and Vaughan.
In his email blast, Bill Franklin described the NCDP as consisting of three "parties" - one controlled by the governor and council of state, another controlled by elected officials and legislators and the third under the control of the grassroots.
The scene is set for a dramatic day of decision for the NCDP in Greensboro tomorrow in a contest that pits the grassroots led by David Parker against the grandees' faction led by Elaine Marshall.