Groundswell of Support for David Parker

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.

Comments

This is hardly worth responding to, but...

Any Democrat who takes shots at Elaine Marshall is hardly worthy of the name Democrat.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

What about all the Dems who have taken shots at David Parker?

David has been serving in the Democratic Party for a long time as well. But that didn't stop consultants like Perry and Brad from taking shots at him "for the good of the Party".

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

And, as previously corrected by Greg Flynn

Mary-Ann Baldwin accepted a $200 contribution from a Wachovia employees PAC.

Wow.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Seriously?????

WachPAC? 200? Yeah - that will sway her in a $100K race.(sarcasm, folks).

MaryAnn is well qualified both personally & professionally to lead this Party to victory in 2012. Naysayers don't know her. Her professional life is one of communication/marketing/public relations. We could use that. Her life as an elected official is 24/7. Understanding what the disasterious GOP General Assembly has done to NC municipalities would be helpful in providing our grassroots folks the tools & platform to win on a local level.

I find the negative comments in regard to our elected officials and their ability to lead our Party a great case of Cognitive Dissonance. What we need is someone who serves as an elected official. They understand accountability, elections, and how to connect with many many people. They hear from all sides. They also know how to win.

We work hard to get these folks elected*** and then say they are not qualified to lead the NCDP? Seriously?????

Then maybe the nay-sayers should stay home and the energized optimists should go to Greensboro.

***Well, some of us work hard. Others just like to complain about the process, throw potshots, vent on FB & BlueNC and actually tell folks not to come work the polls.

thank you

well said.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Yes - dead seriously!

I find the negative comments in regard to our elected officials and their ability to lead our Party a great case of Cognitive Dissonance.

I do not find it so. Totally different skill set. Wake County had a former Chair who formerly was an elected public official. And he worked on many campaigns. He totally sucked as a County Party Chair for many reasons, but he mostly had campaign and elected official experience to rely on.

What we need is someone who serves as an elected official. They understand accountability, elections, and how to connect with many many people. They hear from all sides. They also know how to win.

Not all elected officials are winners. Believe me - they don't all understand accountability. In fact, many electeds fight being held accountable. And just because you win one election, or election to one office, it doesn't make you an expert on what it takes to win elections up and down the ballot.

We work hard to get these folks elected*** and then say they are not qualified to lead the NCDP? Seriously?????

Correct - totally different skill sets. Being elected to a municipal office is not the same thing as leading the entire State Party and representing us at the national level. Or do you mean to tell me that someone who enlists as a buck private or even comes out of OCS as a 2nd LT is qualified to be a General when one retires? Give me a break!

And what little bit of activism she has is standing out at a polling place - which is a candidate skill.

Has she ever gone to a precinct meeting or county convention or any other party function as a party officer or delegate - anything OTHER than an elected or a candidate?

I get the sense that this meeting tomorrow will be the first SEC Mary-Ann will have attended. That scares the bejesus out of me!

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

blueNC - Thanks

Sorry folks think St. Elaine is too holy for accountability. I don't. When we get too far into totally uncritical hero worship, we eventually get done in. Cannot explain all that I know, but, if Parker is run off, and I suspect WH wants that, the vacumm created here will bring in the worst and the unprepared and the greedy to take control. All the grassroots people can flat go to hell as far a a new administration is concerned. If the current COS and Gov are so flat out good, why did we lose our asses in 2010, and worse in 2012 with 3 out of 13 congressional seats going Dem, if that. The party is supine and this affair will drag it totally through the mud and sand. Who is going to rebuild the party? If not David Parker, then the consultants will do so, take their inordinate cut and leave us high and dry. Try Sallie Leslie, whom some of you may love, as ED. Hmmmmm.

In all this, I have not seen a mention of "party building", something we ignored mightily prior to Jerry Meek, and during David Young.

And we got a candidate from ALEC (Vaughn). A pretty perky lady who has not a clue, but comes attached to some consultants who want favorable contracts.

The party has to be rebuilt, question is a new type of organization warranted and sustainable. How do we get the Unaffilliated back into our camp. The republicans have made us the party of color, whilst they have made themselves, the white party. And, white does no denote purity. Also, note that we lost the Amendment One fight, which the reptards will take as a sign or weakness. But, our competitors were the churches.

Thanks Blue Heron for the entry. Bill Franklin

wafranklin

 

Some of the people fighting against Amendment One....

...are in our own Party. Some of those same people also objected to the formation of the LGBT Caucus. We've got homophobes in our Party who played a part in blowing up an internal personnel matter into a scandal to stop the progress being made to have a more inclusive and diverse Democratic Party. No matter who they are - they should be ashamed of themselves.

And I hope they are. But there's always a "defamation of character".....

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

WHOA.....Put the HYP in hypocrite

Didn't you create an issue in your own polling place by telling Amendment One folks NOT to work a polling site??????

If not, my apologies. If so, please explain how you can make accusations and yet tell A1 activists to not be at a polling site.

Yep!

I have been talking with Democrats all around the State since all this happened. And grassroots Dems in the know who value their independence from control of the Governor/COS/electeds still support David Parker.

Many are mad as Hell they have to drive to Greensboro tomorrow and miss graduations and time with family over Mother's Day weekend when we'll be in Raleigh in a month for the State Party Convention and ANOTHER SEC meeting!

We know that the Democratic Party about more than just electing Democrats to public office. It's about building the Party from the grassroots up. It's about getting as many Democrats organized with as much diversity as possible. It's about getting that diverse group of Democrats to craft a Party platform through our deliberative groups from the precinct on up to the DNC.

Then and only then should it be about working to elect public officials can turn into public policy. And then holding them accountable for doing that.

That's what really scares the "electeds", candidates, consultants - and ultimately their big-money donors. They lost control of the Democratic Party in 2005 when Howard Dean and Jerry Meek were elected to lead the DNC and NCDP respectively. They won control back in 2009 - and then in 2010 lost all the advantages we gained for them in 2008. Party chairs picked by the "electeds" like Tim Kaine resigned in mid-term, and David Young decided not to run again.

I asked a bunch of very tough questions to David Parker and Bill Faison, and did a lot of research and talked to other Dems before deciding to support David Parker based on his years of experience with the Party and his commitment to the grassroots. However excited I was about Parker winning and immediately taking action to build and empower the grassroots was tempered by the fact that he had so many things working against him that Jerry Meek did not have.

First thing was the DNC Convention in Charlotte. Everyone was jumping for joy, but many people realized that the convention would suck all the oxygen (and money) out of the room. So many people are excited about the convention that they forget that all the convention should be doing is nominating the President (already a done deal - he's unopposed), pass the Party Platform (which the candidate writes - so no surprises), and build momentum for the November election. And even the convention is having trouble raising money.

Then there is the economy. Many people at most socio-economic levels have less disposable income to use for political donations. They have less to donate to the Party and to candidates - and let's face it, COS members are largely administrative agency heads, and have never been the best fundraisers in the past.

But the past is prologue. We have been slow to react to the way special interest groups have sought to get around campaign finance reform. There's also "Citizens United" to deal with. They didn't deal with that very well in 2010. And with the GOP controlling the GA, much of the money that used to flow to the Democratic Party and candidates is going to the Republicans.

Perhaps we need some "angels" like the GOP has in Art Pope and the Koch Brothers. But would we really be willing to sell our souls to get that money? I'm not, but I expect some Dems might not mind it.

But trying to push out David Parker and take over control of the Democratic Party back to the days before Jerry Meek is not the way to win elections in North Carolina. The grassroots will not stand for it. Remember that Parker won in 2011 with a margin much larger than Meek had in 2005. You can't go back to those days before Jerry - no matter how you smear David Parker.

That's why there is a groundswell of support for Parker going into tomorrow's SEC meeting. We know a smear job and grab for power when we see one. We remember the line from "All the President's Men": "Follow the money!" - the line comes at 3:24.

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

what happened to the big tent that was my Democratic party?

We know that the Democratic Party about more than just electing Democrats to public office. It's about building the Party from the grassroots up. It's about getting as many Democrats organized with as much diversity as possible. It's about getting that diverse group of Democrats to craft a Party platform through our deliberative groups from the precinct on up to the DNC.

Then and only then should it be about working to elect public officials can turn into public policy. And then holding them accountable for doing that.

You have a delusional view of the power of party that scares me. I have twice been a candidate for office. The party does not choose or preselect candidates to run on a platform the way you say. On paper they may have done that in some Eastern bloc countries, but get real. NCDP organization is too large, too loose, and currently too myopic narcissitic and corrupt to have the role you suggest in campaigns. In America, individual candidates file for office, often for very personal reasons and passions which are thankfully more forceful and coherent than an all over the map party platform. They run in primaries where they then become the party's candidate. Your hubris in the role of the NCDP is one of the reasons folks like yourself and Parker can wrap the words "NCthingamjig" after your name and think you speak with final authority for any of the rest of us on issues. Humility helps any who would be entrusted with leadership. I hope our party's humility does not come through a complete wipeout this Novemeber.

Tepid at best

If what you Parker people are saying is true, methinks the "Other" choice in the referenced poll would have more than 10%. Just sayin'.

He has already announced he is resigning

Failure to accept that resignation would finish the Democratic Party as an effective political force. The Democratic Party is not an interest group. If you want an interest group, by all means, form one. It's a political party. It exists to elect people to government.

Mr. Parker, nice a guy as he is, has already admitted he is an impediment to that.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Oh come on, he was pressured into that admission

If you really can't see that then I've been giving you too much credit.
I would be ok with Parker staying on, but if he does resign (and it does look that way) then Frank Eaton is clearly the best choice.

In your opinion only

Do you know what an "orderly transition" means? It means that David Parker has not resigned yet and will not rush to resign from office until there is another Chair elected.

It means he is Chair until we have quorum, the SEC accepts his resignation, we have candidates that are properly nominated and seconded, and that we maintain quorum until there is a majority winner. Got it?

And I reject your opinion that you have made many times about how the only thing the Democratic Party exists to do is to elect people to government. That makes us all about the campaign to elect people, which if you have talked to many UNA voters, is the thing that turns them off the most.

We exist to do more than just elect Democrats to government. I've written about that time and time again. It's the reason why we have a Plan of Organization which covers topics like Precinct Organization, Resolutions and Platform, Council of Review, etc.

That's the great thing about our political Party - it's a deliberative body. We take a vote. And if we reject David's forced resignation, it means the grassroots of the Democratic Party is a more effective political force. It exists as more than just a group to serve as unpaid labor for the electeds, candidates and their consultants.

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

ugh

It's like talking to an overaggressive, angry, petty wall.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Or like talking to someone who thinks he knows it all

pot - kettle John!

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

Groundswell of sockpuppets for David Parker

What's really sad is that Blue Heron is a real political consultant, strategist, lobbyist and writer who has also posted with another identity using the anonymous comments feature. Don't worry, I'm not going to out you. In playing us for fools you not only devalue what your fake identities promote, you also devalue your real identity. And, if you must remain pseudonymous please pick one identity and stick with it or we'll block them all.

ONE SIMPLE QUESTION

Why did David Parker pick MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND to call this meeting?

Asinine.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

I get the feeling if there was a house fire at the mansion

some of you would gather and gripe that the firehose is on the gardenias and the firemen are getting paid.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

David Parker didn't pick Mother's Day

The folks who are trying to push him out of office forced this date on all of us!

David pwanted to do this at the previously scheduled SEC meeting in June, but that was too late for the folks that want to raid the taxpayer checkoff money.

You first have to find a venue where the meeting can be held at. Then you have the timing of the notices, the District Conventions that are next week all over the state. The following weekend is Memorial Day weekend.

As it is, this SEC meeting this weekend has caused the 13th District Resolutions and Platform meeting to be postponed from the weekend when most people could make it to a weeknight. Many people won't be able to make it.

So DrFrank - given the rush to replace David - take a look at the calendar - when do you think he should have scheduled it?

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

Not sure where you are going with that...

...or what sense it makes.

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
http://statewideirvnc.blogspot.com

Chris and his friends are currently destroying the party

what a joke.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Agreed

There seems to be a continued war of women from the within.....