Rumors abound, since Dr Mansfield dropped out of the race for NCDP Chair and Chris Rey said he would not run, that Bob Etheridge would emerge as the last great hope for the folks wedded to the older and losing parts of the NCDP, either because they are older and set in their ways, or younger and used to getting their ways from the older set. I would suppose that some have weighed in with Bob (I am sort of really old, and he is my age) to come and be the chair so they could continue to have their own ways. I understand why the consultant mafia would want him back, and the monied elites want to exercise control over "their investment", particularly Senator Hagan and her crowd.
I was impressed that this race attracted some younger and more vigorous candidates, and that they campaigned from border to border, from north to south and east to west, already with good and sound ideas for rebuilding the Party. Anyone who does not see the need for such rebuilding is daft. The NCDP will not be reinvigorated by those from yesteryear, folks who were part of our consistent losing over the past 6 years in NC. We have some folks in the COS who would like to exercise influence over the Party, but they are stranded between a hostile legislature and a hostile governor, with some of their positions susceptible to elimination or modification by the legislature. So, I would ask Rep. Etheridge to abstain from involving himself in the race for chair at this late date. This is how we undertake to rebuild a stronger, more effective Democratic Party in NC, untethered from corruption, bad blood and failure.