Again—Patsy Keever, 1VC of the NCDP Needs to Step Down and Not Run for Chair. Going from Shamegate to Mailgate.

Issues are swirling now over unlawful activity pertaining to the mailers sent out by the NCDP commonly known as Shamegate.

NCDP has nonprofit bulk mail rates that the Forward NC coordinated campaign did not have—meaning mail cost FNC more money.

I’m told that, although NCDP can send out basically what they want, they can’t be told by an outside group what to send out and when to send it: that’s where the line is crossed. 

Secondly, if that outside group (in this case Forward NC) pays specifically for the mailer and the postage associated with it: another line has been crossed.

So, now—what is the issue: The issue is did FNC (through the Hagan campaign) specifically use NCDP and the NCDP nonprofit bulk mail rate to send out the Shamegate letters so they would not have to pay higher rates?

Two weeks ago, I was told that a complaint had been filed with the NC BOE to address this and other issues relating to the intimidation letters.

This week, I was emailed by other people, saying it is deeper than just the BOE and, more than likely, heading up to the FEC and USPS Inspector General Fraud Investigation Units.

Before I knew all of this, I called for her to resign over the letter.  She’s admitted it was the worst thing she’s ever done.  But, as it relates to accountability—she needs to step aside.

For the past two years, there has been a tug-of-war within the NCDP that has brought national media attention to various issues facing this State.

Frankly, I’m tired of seeing the word “embattled” associated with articles about the NCDP. 

Some people say I’m stirring the pot by bringing attention to her and her candidacy over these issues.  But, in reality—if it was not me it would be someone else with a voice as loud or louder. 

I’m not the only one who thinks Patsy Keever should step down from the North Carolina Democratic Party leadership.


About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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