Democratic Leader Parker Won't Resign, But Calls For Early Party Elections
The head of the North Carolina Democratic Party says he will not seek re-election. But Chairman David Parker has re-iterated that he is not resigning from the position after being pressured to do so following a scandal over sexual harassment allegations against the party's former executive director. Parker, a Statesville attorney, told reporters that he's calling for new party elections to be held next month. They had been scheduled for June. Parker says he will stay on until a new chairman is found. High-ranking Democrats, including Gov. Perdue, have called on Parker to step down for the good of the party.A former party employee accused the party's former executive director of sexual harassment in a federal discrimination complaint. Parker authorized a settlement payment to that former employee. Democrats accuse Parker of not handling the situation properly.