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Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Democratic Party first vice chair, Nina Szlosberg-Landis, announced her resignation on Monday evening. In a letter to state Democratic executive committee members, she said donors "are not comfortable" with the actions of NC Democratic Party Chairman and Pittsboro mayor Randy Voller. Szlosberg-Landis said she came to the conclusion that donor confidence could not be restored and party fundraising would continue to suffer under Voller's leadership.
June 11, 2013
Dear Members of the State Executive Committee:
It is with disappointment and regret I write to inform you of my resignation as First Vice-Chair of the NC Democratic Party effective today. During the last 100 days, I have become increasingly less comfortable with the tone and practices of the leadership of the party.
During the campaign, I committed to help raise resources to elect Democrats. Specifically, I promised to "work with the Chair to raise money, communicate our agenda, and create an environment of trust, transparency and accountability at the Goodwin House."
Despite my best efforts and the efforts of others to try to create some checks and balances, establish financial accountability that could be communicated clearly to the donor pool, and to publicly articulate a vision of shared leadership that would restore donor confidence, it has become clear to me, this is not the will of the Chairman.
For those of you who are supporters, I am sincerely sorry. Please know, I write this with a very heavy heart and did not arrive at this conclusion easily. I had such enthusiasm and hope back in February that together we would rebuild the party and excite an expanded network of donors to support our rebuilding efforts. However it has become abundantly clear that donors are not comfortable with the actions of the current Chairman, and our Party will not have the support it needs under the current leadership.
I remain committed to electing Democrats to offices at all levels in North Carolina. And I will continue to help raise the needed resources for Democratic candidates and organizations that can most effectively win elections. I have a very long history of helping Democrats, and have never sought a title to do so. I have simply acted from a deep and abiding sense of moral commitment to the values for which our party and our candidates stand. I will continue to do so. I also remain committed to helping any county party in North Carolina support a vision and plan to elect Democrats at all levels of government. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can be helpful to you.
I wish you all well and I look forward to continuing to work to elect Democrats and to bring North Carolina back to the greatness we fought hard to achieve during decades of Democratic leadership. We must stop the extreme, mean-spirited and destructive policies of the regressive brand of Republicans we now have in Raleigh, and through my resignation, I believe in my heart, I am in a much better position to achieve that goal.
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