The Raleigh News and Observer reports
Facing resistance, N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller retreated from his intention to nominate civil rights leader and controversial figure Ben Chavis for a top post – at least for now.
In a contentious conference call with upward of 100 party executive leaders Tuesday night, Voller supported making state director Casey Mann the party’s interim executive director for up to 30 days as officials “explore a permanent replacement,” the party said in a statement. The executive council must approve Voller’s nomination.
Voller canceled a news conference Wednesday morning at which he told party officials he would name Chavis as the party’s executive director, days after unexpectedly firing Robert Dempsey from the post. In the statement – sent by an interim spokeswoman after the party’s communication’s director resigned Monday – Voller said the weather played a role in the cancellation and the potential for hazardous weather.
On the call, Voller sounded angered about this scrutiny, saying he didn’t appreciate people “relitigating things from 20 years ago.”
In an interview with WNCN in Raleigh, Chavis said he wouldn’t let his past distract him. “I would strongly consider the position,” Chavis said, if he were offered the post.
If the way that meeting was conducted is an example of Casey Mann's management capability, she does not deserve the job of Executive Director for long. Also, she apparently just kowtows to Voller, rather than providing wiser advice.