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Why David Parker Must Go
The Democratic State Executive Committee must render a decision today that will have profound consequences for viability of the Democratic Party for not only this election, but years to come. David Parker must go as Party Chair.
Since the revelations of a sexual harassment allegations drove former Executive Director Jay Parmley from his position, Parker and his supporters have taken every opportunity claim that Parker "did nothing wrong" amid mounting calls for David to resign.
In fact, Parker did almost nothing right.
1. Parker negotiated a settlement of Adriadn Ortega's sexual harassment claims of without approval of the Executive Council.
Members of the EC report that in the weeks before David's action became public, they received emails containing “rumors” suggestive of the disclosures to come. Gov. Perdue learned of the same rumors in late November or early December and had Parker informed of their circulation. Parker failed to call a meeting of the EC or inform the EC collectively.
Parker began negotiations, concluded a settlement and paid Ortega from Party accounts without a vote of the Executive Council. Section 4.05 of the Plan of Organization (“PPO”) authorizes the EC to enter into such agreements, not the Chair. The EC is the governing body of the Party between meetings of the State Executive Committee.
1. Parmley contends that he did nothing wrong.
2. In his now infamous press conference, Parker contends his investigation confirmed that Parmley did nothing wrong.
3. David went further and stated that the settlement of the Ortega's claim was against his judgment.
The only conclusion left is that the Party's attorney was the only individual who believed the matter should be settled and Parker simply acquiesced to his judgment.
If Parker had called a meeting of the EC as he was required to do by Section 4.05 of the PPO, the governing board of the Party may have concluded not to settle Ortega's claim. Or, the EC may have sought other resolutions of the matter that did not expose our Party to the public ridicule now being heaped upon it.
Our Party is left with having settled a claim of sexual harassment because "our lawyer made us do it."
The implications are astounding. One can take whatever position as to the legalities of the situation, but Parker, an officer of the Party, bound the Party to a settlement that portrays the Party in a horrible light to the public during one of the most important political elections in this State’s history. Certainly no reasoned mind would contend that any one official of the Party has that power without approval of the appropriate governing body.
If the EC had been properly advised, assuredly State, District and local Party officials who were universally caught uninformed would have been given some lead time in which to prepare, much less rank and file Democrats who first read about this matter in newspapers across the State before their county conventions.
2. Parker improperly authorized the payment of settlement funds from a Party account without authorization.
Absent specific budget authorization, Parker has no independent authority to expend funds according to the Section 4.06 of the PPO.
3. The world is coming to watch NC, Parker cannot be the issue.
In a few short weeks the Democratic National Convention is coming to North Carolina for the first time in history. The world will be looking through the prism of countless news sources at our State.
David Parker simply cannot be at the convention. If he is, he will be the news story that ensnares the President. It has already come close to happening. When President Obama came to Chapel Hill recently to talk about the issue of student loans, he started getting questions about Parker's handling of the sexual harassment allegations. If Parker is still Chair when the Convention convenes, he will be forced to answer those questions.
If Parker remains Chair and stays away from the Convention, that becomes the story.
North Carolina Democrats cannot allow the President to walk into this situation.
A Democratic convention official confirms that David Parker's position on host committee has already been temporarily suspended. They are waiting for the State Executive Committee to make the end that has to come to this torrid disaster.
4. Former Jim Hunt protégé Gary Pearce wrote early in the scandal:
Memo to Parker: You can’t cover up sexual harassment. Democrats deserve to know what the hell happened – and how much money it’s costing.
And don’t blame your political enemies. That's what Nixon would do.
Sage advice that Parker ignored. When it suited him, he hid behind a non-disclosure agreement. When it suited his purposes, he ignored the settlement non-disclosure and provided details to the public about the settlement.