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NC lieutenant governor says state Democratic Party chair should resign

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

North Carolina Lieutenant Gov. Walter Dalton is demanding the resignation of state Democratic Party Chairman David Parker over a mounting sexual harassment scandal.

Like North Carolina Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell’s call for Parker’s resignation, the news comes via a tweet from Raleigh News and Observer reporter John Frank.

Frank has been reporting on the scandal The Daily Caller broke last Friday. NCDP Executive Director Jay Parmley resigned on Sunday after reports that he allegedly sexually harassed low-level communications staffer Adriadn Ortega.

The Daily Caller was the first publication to report on emails between high-ranking party officials that confirmed the allegations of sexual harassment and that the party made a financial settlement with Ortega before having Ortega and Parmley sign non-disclosure agreements to keep the scandal quiet.

Dalton is the now the highest-ranking official who has demanded Parker’s resignation. North Carolina Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue told a reporter Tuesday to “get over it” when asked about the scandal.

Dalton is currently seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. His fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Rep. Bob Etheridge, called for Parker’s resignation Monday night.

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