Democrats at State Executive Council meeting came to a screeching halt last Saturday

  • The North Carolina Democratic Party had their final gathering before the November 2016 general election.
  •  Parliamentary procedure stopped Democrats in their tracks when a quorum call proved that not enough Democrats were convened to have the meeting.

Democrats, including guests and committee members, had planned for a full-day of events when they arrived at Rolesville high school on Saturday.  The NCDP had laid out an agenda of candidate speakers, resolutions and amendments to keep the crowd busy, but after two hours into the event a quorum call ended the meeting.

According to the North Carolina Democratic Party’s plan of organization 277 members of the state executive Council needed to be present to conduct the meeting and vote on the proposed amendments to the Democratic bylaws.  According to the headcount, only  245 committee members were in attendance.
That being said there were still some Democrats who were mad when the chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Patsy Keever, gaveled the meeting closed.  Some Democrats, like Wendy May from Johnson County who is running for County Commissioner took to Facebook to criticize the person who motioned for the quorum call.  Here’s what Wendy had to say:
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But, there’s another side to the story as Democratic progressive advocate Chris Telesca pointed out in a comment:
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Telesca asserts a point in his Facebook comment that many North Carolina Democrats have argued for years: that there is not enough timely notice of democratic subcommittee meetings and often the first time SEC members see amendments that deal with a change in the plan of organization is on the day of the meeting.
The former chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Randy Voller, chimed in by saying:
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But that’s not the end of the story.  Gracie Galloway, the chair of the Asian American Pacific Islanders caucus, said this:

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So there seems to be some underlying tension between Democrats not only over the amendments that were up for consideration on Saturday, but also of things that have happened in the past at SEC meetings.  Randy Voller added this for consideration:

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And, Cliff Moone, the Chair of the NCDP Rules Committee, weighed in:

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And, Grace Galloway responded:grace-galloway-002

Yes, there are some mad Democrats because the amendments did not get passed, but maybe the more important question is why so few Democratic SEC members show up at the meetings when they have a responsibility and an obligation to attend them.
And why were so many divisive amendments presented to the SEC just 50 days before the general election when the purpose of the North Carolina Democratic Party is to elect Democrats.
It would’ve been better to go out on a positive and enthusiastic note, energizing the Democrats that were there enabling them to help get out the vote between now and election day.
Instead of going out with a bang the Democratic Party gaveled out in a whimper.  And that doesn’t do anything to help us win elections.
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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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One Response to Democrats at State Executive Council meeting came to a screeching halt last Saturday

  1. Barbara Dantonio says:

    I never got a notice of the meeting. I know several others in Wayne County that did not receive a notice. I found out about 2 days before the meeting. I already had plans, a senior Democrat meeting and then has unexpected work to do. The Wayne County democratic chair never bothered to let the SEC members know about the meeting. Bad communication was one reason so many failed to show up.

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