In case you've been wondering why the North Carolina Democratic Party never got around to caring about progressives, this press release 'splains it all.
PS. I know how to spell flees, but I really couldn't resist scratchin' that semantic itch.
RALEIGH, NC – The North Carolina Democratic Party announced today that Executive Director Andrew Whalen will be leaving at the end of the year.
Whalen has been hired as the executive director of U.S. Representative Heath Shuler’s leadership political action committee, 3rd and Long, and will also serve as a senior adviser to the Congressman in his House office.
“Andrew has been a tremendous asset to the North Carolina Democratic Party. His work ethic, integrity, and political instincts are second to none,” said NCDP Chairman David Young. “This is an excellent opportunity to work on behalf of Democrats across the country, not just North Carolina. While the NCDP will miss his leadership, we wish him the very best in the future.”
“It has been an honor to serve the Democratic Party and Governor Perdue for the past two years,” Whalen said. “Traveling across the state, I have continually been impressed by the energy and determination of North Carolina Democrats and am grateful for the friends I have gained. While my job will be different, I look forward to continuing to work to strengthen our Party from Murphy to Manteo.”
As 3rd and Long’s executive director, Whalen will oversee all of the PAC’s fundraising and Shuler’s political activities including, candidate recruitment efforts, communications, and political travel.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working in North Carolina, while also affecting the national political discourse and helping Democrats retake the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives by communicating the message of the Democratic Party to independent voters throughout the country,” Whalen continued.
Whalen previously served as Shuler’s deputy campaign manager in 2006, managed his re-election campaign in 2008, and served as his House office communications director. Prior to beginning his original service with Shuler, Whalen served as communications director and managed several campaigns at the state and federal level across the country.
Since being re-elected for his third term in the U.S. House, Shuler has taken on a larger national role within the Democratic Party. He is the Administration Co-Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition for the 112th Congress.
Talk about hopping from the frying pan into the fire. The Blue Dog Coalition in the US House of Representatives is about as useless as (fill in your blank).