Governor Perdue Calls On State Democratic Chairman To Resign

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Beverly Perdue has called on the embattled chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party to resign, adding her name to the list of party leaders seeking David Parker's departure.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Perdue said she had spoken with Parker several times and told him that he had lost the confidence of party leaders. She said she asked him to step aside for the good of the party.

Perdue said Democrats needed to return to focusing on their core issues and end the controversy, which has already led to the resignation of the party's executive director.

Jay Parmley resigned last Sunday. Earlier Tuesday, Parker reiterated he would not step down.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is joining the list of high-ranking Democrats who want North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman David Parker to resign in the wake of harassment allegations at the party headquarters.

The candidate for North Carolina governor said Tuesday it's become evident that Parker's effectiveness as party leader is greatly hindered and the party can't afford the issue to distract its efforts in a key election year.

Five other Democratic members of the Council of State called on Parker earlier Tuesday to step down from the post. Parker has said he won't resign and wrote a memo to other party leaders about how he wants to change personnel rules.

Party executive director Jay Parmley resigned Sunday but denied any employee harassment.

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Five Democratic statewide elected officials have called on state Democratic Party Chairman David Parker to resign as party regulars have learned recently about alleged harassment within Democratic headquarters.

The Council of State members said Tuesday it was in the best interest of North Carolina and the party for Parker to step aside because he can no longer be as effective as he needs to be under the circumstances. Party executive director Jay Parmley resigned Sunday. He denied participating in any harassment of party employees.

Gov. Beverly Perdue told reporters Tuesday the situation was an internal party personnel matter and declined further comment.

Parker said again Tuesday he wouldn't resign.

The five are calling for Parker's resignation are Elaine Marshall, June Atkinson, Wayne Goodwin, Janet Cowell and Beth Wood.

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