How Can We Chastise Republicans When We Attempt To 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 ?

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


About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a former Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and two congressional races. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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3 Responses to How Can We Chastise Republicans When We Attempt To Shame Voters To The Polls?

  1. Hugh Wilde says:

    Where is your call for Voller’s resignation? He has done much more to harm the party than Patsy. And anyway George, the door will be hitting Voller in the ass come late January.

  2. Voter says:

    Incredibly ridiculous. Patsy Keever is your target? My household received four different mailers from four different agencies to the four voters in my home all on the same day. Patsy Keever’s name was on one of the four mailers. I understand the request to get these mailers out came from other sources. Have you used your journalism experience to investigate whether the mailers sent out by other states were signed by those State Party representatives? I even read an article on Election Day stating that the “shame the voter mailers” were actually working in other states. So yes, let’s make this about Patsy Keever because Mr Fisher will never insist that the NC Democratic Party Chair ever be held accountable for the many things he has done and said over the past two years. I’m sure the Chair bears no responsibility in this “shame the voter” mailer either – surely Ms Keever was the only one stuffing those 100,000 envelopes and licking all those stamps.

  3. Jake says:

    Who the hell is George Fisher, and is he always so unhinged? This piece is so preposterous on so many levels!

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