North Carolina Democrats pick Keever to head party as chair – WRAL 5

 
— The North Carolina Democratic Party is promoting the party’s No. 2 administrative leader to its top job heading into the critical 2016 elections.
   
Hundreds of party activists meeting Saturday at a Pittsboro high school elected Patsy Keever of Asheville as chair. She got a majority of the votes cast among the five seeking to succeed outgoing Chair Randy Voller.
   
Keever has been 1st vice chair since 2013. She’s been a state House member, county commissioner and two-time congressional candidate.
   
Keever faces challenges similar to Voller. The Democrats are in the minority in state government and North Carolina’s congressional delegation. The party is also well behind Republicans in fundraising. (Source: Read more)

How Can We Chastise Republicans When We Attempt To Shame Voters To The Polls? by George Fisher

It is time for the party to hold our leaders accountable for our election failure. Today, I sent Randolph S. Voller Chair of the NCDP a letter asking him to do his job, as painful as it may be because we owe it to the voters of North Carolina. How can they trust us when we shame voters to the polls?

We criticize Republicans over voter suppression, yet the First Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party sends out mailers, with her signature on them, in what amounts to voter intimidation.

Democratic leaders should be above this type of activity—when they are not the party must hold them accountable.  The only way to prove to voters that we do not tolerate voter manipulation from anyone, including ourselves is for the First Vice Chair, Patsy Keever to step down.

19Now, I call on Chairman Randy Voller to do his job.  Make the tough decisions and rid our party of these and other issuesDo it now, do it swiftly and do it completely at all levels of the party. Chairman Voller, act on this letter now and get it out of the way.  We have work to do.

Hon. Randolph S. Voller, Chair
North Carolina Democratic Party
220 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

November 9, 2014

Dear Chairman Voller:

The outcome of the November 2014 election was certainly not favorable to the North Carolina Democratic Party. But, more importantly, the outcome will not be favorable to the socioeconomically depressed citizens of this state.

Voters, who have no voice in our legislature, hold on to the hope that collectively the party can elect candidates who will fight the changes made by the Draconian NCGOP; issues of voter suppression, lack of Medicaid expansion, dismal teacher pay and the Racial Justice Act are just a few of the matters that were at stake in this election.

What distresses me and other concerned Democrats around the state is how can we address voter suppression when the First Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party engages in voter intimidation by signing mailers such as the ones documented at http://www.whothehellisgeorge.com ?

These mailers were inappropriate, misleading and smacks in the face of the very essence of what we stand for as a party. It’s embarrassing that we chastise the Republicans for voter suppression, when we engage in these voter intimidation techniques. How can voters trust us, when we can’t trust our Democratic leaders?

Therefore, I would ask that, because Patsy Keever, in her own accord and through her office and position as First Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, did indeed sign the mailers that were sent to many registered North Carolina Democratic voters—resign her position immediately or at the first feasible opportunity, in an effort to bring dignity and trustworthiness of the party, back to the voters of this state.

I am asking you, as Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, to address this letter and act accordingly to achieve this necessary outcome. All voters, not just Democrats, need to be able to feel comfortable that the party will not tolerate her actions; especially as we move forward into the 2016 cycle.

Thank you, in advance, for your time and attention to this matter.

Respectfully Yours,

George Fisher
Greenville, North Carolina