Here is the article from the News and Observer. I made a comment, and kleigh and others jumped on me for supposedly criticizing Randy. When I posted in the Chatham County On-Line, several of you jumped on me for trying to say something nice about Randy. I guess I am in the correct place when both sides disagree with me?
Robert Dempsey To Take Helm at N.C. Democratic Party
State Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller on Friday announced his selection of Robert Dempsey as the party's new executive director.
Dempsey comes with experience as the Vermont Democratic Party's executive director and previously worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Voller will present his pick to the state party's executive council Tuesday, he said in an email to party leaders Friday evening.
"Mr. Dempsey will come to North Carolina with a depth of experience that we need to start winning again," Voller wrote. "He is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for North Carolina Democrats."
With the announcement, Voller said he is relinquishing his role as interim executive director. He acknowledged his rocky turmoil in his first 100 days with questions plauging his spending after a trip to Las Vegas and the firing of party staffers. "During the first 100 days we have made great strides, but there have been challenges and misunderstandings, too. I ran on the ideals of reform and accountability, but I realize we haven’t fully achieved these goals yet," he wrote. "There have been some errors and missteps. We continue to take measures to correct these mistakes. But, ultimately I am the Chair and I take full responsibility."
Voller said among the setbacks, "we are also making great progress." He touted the $200,000 raised since he became chairman in February, though Democrats will need to raise significant funds to keep operations robust, let alone challenge Republicans in 2014.
Dempsey, a Buffalo, N.Y. native, was selected by a search committee that included Vice Chairwoman Nina Szlosberg-Landis, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Sen. Floyd McKissick and others. Dempsey also worked as a political director for a congresswoman and the Senate Democratic Caucus.
"Robert needs our support and I intend to do everything in my power to make him the great success I know he will be for our party," Voller wrote. "The road ahead of us is not an easy one. But if we come together and recognize that the working families of this state need a strong, cohesive Democratic Party on their side. When we accomplish that, we will unite under a banner that holds Republicans’ extremism accountable. This includes our continued efforts to present a sensible alternative for the voters of this state."
CHAIRMAN VOLLER AND ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
May 25, 2013 - 4:27pm — irishgirl77
I am just a retired woman who votes according to my conscience, not along party lines. I am not active in the Democratic Party. In fact, I am unaffiliated. My political philosophy is best described as a progressive liberal. I do have many friends who are registered and passionate Democrats and are also perplexed by Chairman Voller's behavior. They are also not involved in the inner workings and power struggles of the Democratic Party. This idea that if you question Chairman Voller's behavior you are somehow part of an internal sinister plot to overthrow him seems somewhat paranoid. I happen to think, along with my "average joe" Democratic friends, that Chairman Voller is a talented individual with many fine attributes, but recent events should encourage him to consider what I like to call the St. Francis of Assisi approach to persuasion: Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words."
Judith Robb Bullock a/k/a Irishgirl77
DEMPSEY AND VOLLERS ARE CLEANING UP THE PARTY
May 25, 2013 - 3:28pm — kleigh
For most of those 140+ years, the Democratic Party Chair was selected by the Democrats elected to state-wide office. Now that the NCDP has lost the Governor's Mansion and both seats of the General Assembly, a new day has dawned in the NCDP. We have elected a truly independent man to be Chair, Randy Voller. He owes nothing to the old guard, the inside-the beltway, country club familiar faces who used to rule the NCDP and ran it into the ground.
These same people are now waging a media battle of lies and distorted truth against Voller. Now that Mr. Dempsey will be able to handle the staff and direct the action day-to-day, Mr. Voller will be able to lead the county parties, all 100 of them, to local race victories, including the ones for seats in the General Assembly.
He has already made an impressive start raising money, better than his First Vice Chair, Nina Szlosberg-Landis has done, and she ran on the promise of fundraising.
He has a plan, County Empowerment, which will go out to every county, to achieve this, from the county offices upward. We will elect legislators who remember they work for the people, not tell them to be quiet while they look after their friends' businesses.
He will drain the cesspool of the historic consultant leeches and media 'specialists' of recent memory in the NCDP, and build a NCDP for the communities, with transparent, fair and equal treatment opportunity for all NC citizens.
This will drive the GOP legislators, who protect their own businesses with tax breaks and monopolies, from power. The current mess of denying insurance to 500,000 children by refusing Federal Medicaid Money, and the good jobs lost from that cut, and the attack on sustainable power industry, which employs thousands of Tarheels, must end. We need jobs, not a state religion.
We need good teachers and schools. The GOP must go, a strong NCDP is the answer, and Randy Voller is a reformer, and the man to do the job. Dempsey knows this, and will be at his side for the battle.
DOES THE NEW DEM ED KNOW ...
May 25, 2013 - 2:00pm — RedHotPoker
does this guy realize what a cesspool of criminality exists in NC from 140+ years of democrat oppression against our once great state?
DEMPSEY IS NOT TAKING THE HELM
May 25, 2013 - 10:49am — telephotonc
He has been hired to be the NCDP Executive Director, and will serve at the pleasure of NCDP Chair Randy Voller, per the NCDP Plan of Organization.
Now let's hope that Dempsey and Voller and other concerned Democrats can institute the reforms that are so desperately needed to bring the NCDP back to fighting shape!
So let's hope that other Dems who have (or had) a vested interest in perpetuating the corruption of the past take their heads out of the sand and follow Randy and the rest of us - or get out of the way. Because we don't want you "status quo" Democrats (protecting the 1%) to lead us. That's why Randy was elected Chair in the first place!
ROBERT DEMPSEY TO TAKE HELM AT N.C. DEMOCRATIC PARTY
May 25, 2013 - 10:20am — keenso
REK1942: Hopefully, Mr. Dempsey can begin to pull the NC Democratic Party out of the muck that previous democratic leadership have drug them into. NC needs a strong opposition party that can generate some credible ethics with which to fight the ALEC takeover of the NC Republican Party.
RANDY VOLLER IS A REFORMER, LEADER OF REAL DEMOCRATS
May 25, 2013 - 9:43am — kleigh
Randy Voller is the very first Chairman elected by the Party who ran an entirely grass roots campaign. He was not appointed or nominated by a Democratic Governor, as historically, past party chairmen were.
We do not have a Democrat as governor right now. that should be a clue as to why we need someone from outside the 'old order' of Democratic power circles to lead us.
It also tells me why the old order, inside-the-beltway Democratic power mongers are fighting so hard to dismiss him, they don't control him. He works for the people of North Carolina, not the old school Party Elders.
He has for years worked for the poor, the powerless, and the people of NC. He believes in community and fairness. He knows how to win elections, as the success he had in his home county and his own success in winning the chair proves.
He is the reform leader the NCDP needs right now. He is cleaning up the mess left over from generations of old school Democrats, and will finish cleaning house. Just watch him.
IT WAS HIS CARD, NOT THE PARTY CARD
May 25, 2013 - 9:29am — kleigh
The credit card in question had the 'NCDP' embossed on it, but it is a standard small business card, in his name, based on Voller's social security number. When the bill came, he paid it with his own money, the Party never was billed for it.
The primary credit holder is former interim ED Tammy Brunner, and he used it with her knowledge, knowing he would pay it himself, when the bill came. This is what he did. He did not leave it on Brunner's credit, and it was never billed to the Party, it was never connected to the Party, just the individual, former ED Tammy Brunner. This tempest in a teapot is based on distortions and misunderstanding of how small business credit cards work.
The taxes owed to the IRS go back to the economic crash of 2008. Voller paid his creditors, and planned to borrow against his property to pay his taxes. Banks quit extending credit at that time, still don't. So the taxes have been paid on a schedule of payments set up by the IRS, which Voller has met, and will be paid by year's end. This is normal, if he filed, which he did, legally, and on time. Meanwhile, he had a NCDP fundraising job to do, which he also did. The two situations do not overlap.
He used his own credit card to organize a fundraising trip, which was highly successful for the NCDP. He introduced several large donors to the NCDP, and the nationally recognized political fundraiser he met with out west. Vagas is a city of conventions centrally located for national business conventions. Sheesh.
May 25, 2013 - 9:07am — telephotonc
...already has explained the matter. There was no "Democratic Party" credit card involved in any way shape or form. The card was an AMEX CHARGE CARD different from a credit card.
The card was not an NCDP card. It was a personal card for the former interim Executive Director that had her name on it and below that was printed "NC Democratic Party" that she used for party business. When she provided receipts for these expenses, the NCDP cut a check to pay AMEX. But it was her card. She got Randy a card on the same account - it had his name on it and then NC Democratic Party below it. A bad business practice to be sure - the party has their own bank accounts so they should have their own charge cards. Randy has fixed that problem.
And regarding Las Vegas. President Obama held a big fundraiser at the Bellagio in October 2012. Most certainly OFA and DNC staffers had to visit the Las Vegas to select the location and do advance work. Are you seriously saying that the President shouldn't have held a fundraiser in Las Vegas, or that ALL the expenses related to the event (including the advance work) shouldn't have been allowed BECAUSE it's Las Vegas? Grow up!
There was quite a mess in the NCDP at Goodwin House over the years. Randy ran on a platform to clean up and reform the Party, but it's damned near impossible to do anything over there without tripping over something left behind from former staffers or officers. A total lack of oversight and supervision of staff and contract employees from top to bottom for years caused many problems that have festered into the mess that Randy inherited. That is undoubtedly what Randy meant by mistakes.
Many good Democrats have been disgusted at the lack of supervision and oversight - that's why Randy was elected. I have personally witnessed stuff that the staff has done that would not be tolerated in ANY normal business - but no one was willing to discipline the staff because we had to win the next election. And after the election was over with - the staffers who pulled those stunts stayed on until they left for greener pastures.
So now that Randy is trying to clean up Goodwin House, some of the staffers are upset that he's being a big mean bully! Let me see if I get this straight. They work on staff or as a contractor for the NCDP. Randy Voller is the Chair and the boss of the interim ED and through him or her the boss over everyone else. For those of you who have or have had jobs in the real world, if your your boss tells you to clean up your act or make other improvements in your job and you call him a big mean bully for doing so - how long do you think you would stay there?
And many good Democrats are sickened and disgusted at the efforts of those inside the beltway country-club Democrats who sought to defeat Randy by their scamp-ish escapades, tricks, hissy fits and tantrums since Randy got elected - because Randy is shutting down the "frat-house" and "kid in the candy store" atmosphere.
RANDY VOLLER IS A REFORMER
May 25, 2013 - 6:37am — MalleusMaleficarum
According to the reports in the local press and media, Randy Voller is a reformer. Chairman Voller represents the grassroots, the poor, the minorities, the LGBTs, the women whom he helped get elected in Chatham County. From what I read the other day in the N&O, Randy paid all expenses to Vegas from his own private funds - so where is the beef? It is no secret that Randy Voller pledged financial reform and accountability, so that is making some former employees nervous. The Republicans are "raping" North Carolina and Randy Voller is leading the charge against them - so good for him.
May 25, 2013 - 5:06am — wafranklin
You are not regular folks, you are just another one of the assassins who do not like Chairman Voller. His taxes are well under control, are yours - not if you are as irresponsible as you are meddlesome and malicious. And as for you thinking Chair Voller is "a highly talented individual with a strong commitment to the Democratic cause", that is never to be. Your fellows in that ratpack you run in hate Voller. You are just part of the attack group which has destabilized the Party for the last three months, and intends to continue. Get over it now!!
GIVE IT A BREAK - YOUR LIES ARE TIRESOME
May 25, 2013 - 5:01am — wafranklin
Must be another someone wanting to destroy the Democratic Party, lord we got a bunch of them. Sort of like piranha - don't fall into their pool. Don't you have something constructive to do, like play in the traffic?
CHAIRMAN VOLLER HAS ALREADY PROVIDED CREDIBLE EXPLANATIONS!
May 25, 2013 - 4:58am — wafranklin
Voller has provided more than enough explanations. There is a disgruntled group of young democrats, consultants and various other country club types who intend to hound Chairman Voller, no matter what he says, forever. They have publicly posted defamatory and disgusting lies about him and his work for the NCDP. One cannot find out their purpose except to reverse the February 2 election which brought him to the Chairmanship. Any embarrassment and disgust that Irish something or another feels is her own, not in general circulation. So, she is part of the ongoing internal cabal to destabilize the Democratic Party, deliberately and should be cast out of the party. Must be just another YD out looking for a job, being subsidized by some older folks who do not have the decency or maturity to make their claims in public.
Do not listen to this or any malicious malcontent. Things are getting along well and the Party has picked up some real money despite the sabotage conducted against it and Chairman Voller. Lets get rid of Republicans! Not bicker and whine. Get over it!!
SHAME ON THE MEDIA
May 25, 2013 - 4:52am — cooldela
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas ! ! !
The media should never have reported this story. Just a bunch of guys taking off to Vegas. The Gold Card was there and that's what Gold Cards are for.
I fear the media will suffer for violating the maxim of "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Give the man a pass. Who wouldn't like a trip to Vegas on the company Gold Card.
CHAIRMAN VOLLER MUST PROVIDE CREDIBLE EXPLANATION
May 24, 2013 - 9:40pm — irishgirl77
Chairman Voller must provide a credible explanation as to why he spent thousands of dollars on a Democratic Party credit card for what was, by his own admission, a personal trip to Las Vegas. He must also explain why he was able to justify such an unnecessary expenditure in his personal budget at a time when he owes nearly $300,000 in back taxes. Until this happens, regular folks are going to question his motives in any action he takes as Party Chair. His behavior is perplexing, even for those of us who believe that he is a highly talented individual with a strong commitment to the Democratic cause. If Chairman Voller believes that this situation can be rectified simply by a general reference to "errors and missteps" that are in the process of being corrected, he is sadly underestimating the level of disgust and embarrassment that his behavior has generated among the party rank and file.
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