First official NCDP Chair candidate e-mail

Did anyone else get this today?

Fellow Democrats,

It's time for a change in Raleigh. The party of Jim Hunt, Terry Sanford, Henry Frye, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson is at critical place in North Carolina. My top priorities are winning back both houses of the General Assembly, keeping the Governor’s chair in Democratic hands, and electing Democrats at the local level. Now more than ever we need to keep our eye on the ball and get to work. That is why I am running for Chair of your Democratic Party.

I am currently Deputy Democratic Leader in the North Carolina State Senate. In the Senate I have served on the Senate Ethics, Judiciary and Commerce Committees. My goals in the Senate have been the same as your goals: protecting education, safe guarding our civil rights and standing against a Republican legislature that is trying to drag us back to the last century. Together we can achieve these goals.

We need to fight the Republicans in every county and in every city from Murphy to Manteo. After redistricting the Republicans are willing to claim victory before votes are even cast. I’ll make sure that we are a 100 county competitive force and remind them why voters in our state have time and time again chosen Democrats. We are the party that built North Carolina’s schools, North Carolina’s 21st century economy, and North Carolina’s reputation as the civil rights leader in the South. That’s why I voted against the Republican budget, stood against the Republicans when they tried to attack a woman’s right to choose and voted against Amendment One being placed on the ballot.

From the grassroots to the State Senate, my commitment to the Democratic Party spans more than thirty years. Before being elected to the State Senate, I have been a precinct chair, Guilford County Young Democrats President (3 terms), Young Democrats 12th District Chair (12 terms), and Guilford County Democratic Party Treasurer. I was Mayor Pro Tem and seven term member of the Greensboro City Council. I have continually served on the State Executive Committee since the 1970's. I grew up going to North Carolina's public schools, graduated with highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill, hold a Master of Public Administration from American University and earned a law degree from Wake Forest University. Early on I served as legislative clerk to US Senator Robert Morgan and then in the office of Governor Hunt's Economic Advisor. Since that time, I have practiced law in Greensboro for over thirty years.

After the SEC Meeting the election will be only a few months away. I am ready to hit the ground running, but I can’t do it without you. I’m excited to be running for Chair and I hope to have your support at the May 12th SEC meeting in Greensboro. I look forward to the dialog that I will have with many of you in the upcoming days.

Democratically Yours,

Don Vaughan

It sounds like Vaughn is running for PUBLIC office - not the Chair of the NC Democratic Party.

Sorry - I really want to see someone who has real experience in the leadership of the Democratic Party. What has he done to organize precincts and to build the Party? What has he done to help make our Democratic legislators and other elected public officials be more aware of our Party platform? What has he done to help turn that Party platform into public policy?

Here in Wake County, we've had some really bad experiences with "electeds" or candidates for elected public office also being Party officers. And on top of that, we are going to need ALL elected Democrats to be at the front lines (in Vaughn's case - at the NCGA) every day to make sure the Republicans don't try any sneaky end-runs to pass their disgusting legislation or overturn any more vetoes. That's the reason I didn't support BIll Faison for NCDP Chair in 20011. And I can't support Vaughn for the same reason.

Also, I am hearing some very disturbing information about this whole NCDP "scandal" merely being pretext for the "electeds", candidates, campaigns, and - most shockingly - the consultants to loot and pillage the taxpayer checkoff funds. Vaughn was on a list of candidates "approved" by the very people behind this attempted looting of the taxpayer checkoff funds. Yet another reason I can't support him.

Sorry - many people worked too hard to elect Jerry Meek to NCDP Chair to strengthen the grassroots. Even though Jerry has gone a little "corporate", the grassroots are still here. We elected Parker for NCDP Chair, and I resent these sleezy tactics being used to force out Parker to grab the money. The fact that political consultants got out in front of this scandal - calling for the Chair to resign - says more about them being desperate for low-hanging cash than their concern for the good of the Party.

That being said - I'd support one of our current or former District Chairs running for NCDP Chair. Heck - I'd even support a few of the former County Party Chairs (one in particular from Wake County) running for NCDP Chair. Someone who actually has experience building up the Party by organizing more precincts. And someone who actually raised a TON of money, and left it in the bank to the Chair who succeeded her - until the next Chair pissed it away on those "Board of Elections" mailers produced (and sent out too late) by a certain political consultant who just so happens to be one of the loudest voices calling for Parker's resignation.

People calling for us to do whats good for the Party ought to have participated in doing good work for the Party, instead of just making money off of it - and incidentally screwing up along the way.