How to avoid controversy: say nothing, and mean it

Via e-mail from NCDP Headquarters:

MEDIA ADVISORY: NCDP STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING

WHAT: The State Executive Council Meeting of the North Carolina Democratic Party will meet on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm to discuss Party business. This meeting was announced on February 24, 2014 and all Council members have received notice.

DURING THE MEETING THE COUNCIL WILL ENTER EXECUTIVE SESSION, WHICH WILL BE CLOSED TO THE MEDIA AND TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. ONLY MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND LEGAL COUNSEL FOR NCDP WILL BE PERMITTED ACCESS AT THAT POINT. MEDIA AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC WILL BE PERMITTED ACCESS DURING THE OPEN PORTIONS OF THE MEETING.

WHERE: GUILFORD COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY HEADQUARTERS 2300 West Meadowview Road, Suite 110 (Wrightsville Building), Greensboro, NC 27407

Where (apparently) three mystery candidates will be voted on for Executive Director. Hopefully the EC has had a chance to vet these individuals. If not, another shitstorm is approaching...

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N&O: NC Democratic Party in turmoil again

"Democratic Party leaders will gather Sunday in Greensboro to discuss hiring a new leader to restore its tarnished image.

But the upheaval is forcing U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s campaign to distance itself from the N.C. Democratic Party.

Instead of creating a joint campaign committee through the state party, the standard practice, Hagan’s camp acknowledged Friday it would partner with the Wake County Democratic Party..."

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/03/07/3683247/seeking-new-direction-nc-...

Martha Brock

Meanwhile ...

Kay Hagan's being hit by another dark money group. American Action Network is spending $8.6 million in ad buys on Hagan's position on the Affordable Care Act. This group's led by Karl Rove - if you're in NC and have watched videos on YouTube, you will have seen their ads pop up, so like Americans for the Prosperous, they're using online and traditional media.

It's telling that Hagan is distancing herself from the NC Democratic Party at this point. The party's in a shambles and Hagan needs to spend her time on groups and organizations that can actually show some results for her as her campaign is facing this barrage of out-of-state money.

The American Action Network and Americans for Prosperity don't care which candidate gets in office as long as they have an "R" beside their name and can tear into bloody meat sufficiently to satisfy the Tea Baggers and evangelicals come election day. Their ad spending is designed to take the spotlight off the Republican candidates in the prmary and lay the early groundwork for creating negative impressions of Hagan for their eventual stooge.

Dems choose Casey Mann as permanent ED

WRAL Gov't Coverage ‏@NCCapitol 3m

#NCDP picks interim Executive Director Casey Mann as permanent ED.

#ncga #ncpol

UPDATE: http://www.wral.com/n-c-dems-choose-new-executive-director/13463761/

WRAL Gov't Coverage ‏@NCCapitol

#NCDP mtg: Voller says party is "broke," has only 60k in the bank. May have to lay off staff, "evaluate" keeping Goodwin House HQ. #ncpol

Martha Brock

Casey Mann is Executive Director

I first met Casey in the 2008 election cycle. I won't claim that I "know" her, but from what little knowledge I do have, I think she'll do better than fine.

Congrats, young lady. :)

And, the other shoe drops

The Party is in (even deeper) financial trouble than previously thought:

An Executive Council member who attended Sunday's meeting said embattled party chairman Randy Voller told members the party is "broke," with only $60,000 in the bank.

According to the attendee, Voller told party members he will have to let some staffers go, and is even evaluating whether the party can afford to keep the Goodwin House, an historic house from 1903 on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh.

I asked Randy about the Party's finances when we got together a few weeks ago, as part of my roundabout way of suggesting that efforts to unify the Party would pay off (literally) in the long run. I don't recall his exact words, but they amounted to, "Everything's fine, the bills are being paid."

Apparently that was stretching the truth a little.

Chair = fundraiser. Voller = fund-drainer

Voller must step down. He has made a public mess of himself and the state party. I have no faith Caey Mann can turn around the fundraising efforts in her new role as she's been on Voller's team since the beginning in an added created position of "state director."

One more salary than before, no money coming in the door.

When the state auditor wants her contributions refunded over trust concerns, its time for Voller to go. If he won't step down, he'll surely be petitioned out of office for failing to do his job.

So now there's a line of people wanting to do the job?

My understanding previously was that no one really wanted the chair.
That's changed? There's now a group of - or at least one - qualified individual(s) wanting to step up?

NB: I've met Voller and like him based on a 15-20 minute encounter at a local party meeting.
I've donated a few hundred dollars to the party and will likely do so again. But basically I'm just a little dem out in the boonies reading the internets. I've got no Raleigh party connections and no secret inside knowledge that I can not publicly share.

My sentiments also

Who else could do this thankless job on short order anyway? We need to grow the hell up and act like it matters more to us to win back seats than to have our little internal party hissy fits.

Progressives are the true conservatives.

LoftT, can you clarify?

I agree with you about the internal party hissy fits. We're very fractionalized statewide. Could you clarify what you mean about the progressives being the true conservatives? I'm not sure I follow but my guess would be the progressives are part of the internal party hissy fits? Correct me if I got that wrong.

Thanks.

Yes,

Republicans don't care about the environment. Now, that is not a conservative value. Conserve the water, air land, energy…that is part of the Democratic platform (whether or not our politicians bother to uphold it) Long term thinking (should be another tenet of conservative policy) like public education, only Democrats care to preserve that idea and Progressive Democrats care more about these things than the Bluedogs. I could go on, but you get the drift.

ps. that phrase about Progressives are the true conservatives accompanies all my posts here. It wasn't part of the comment. I am happy to clarify though. Did that help?

Progressives are the true conservatives.

Just to clarify,

the statement at the bottom of her comment is a signature feature, which shows up at the bottom of all her comments. It has nothing to do with that (or any) particular comment.

Here's a question for the room at large: do you still call that feeling déjà vu when you actually did experience something twice, or is there another word for it? Did...I already ask you people that before? Hmmm.