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5 NC elected officials call on Democratic Party leader to resign

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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Five Democratic statewide elected officials have called on state Democratic Party Chairman David Parker to resign as party regulars have learned recently about alleged harassment within Democratic headquarters.

The Council of State members said Tuesday it was in the best interest of North Carolina and the party for Parker to step aside because he can no longer be as effective as he needs to be under the circumstances. Party executive director Jay Parmley resigned Sunday. He denied participating in any harassment of party employees.

Gov. Bev Perdue told reporters Tuesday the situation was an internal party personnel matter and declined further comment.

Parker said again Tuesday he wouldn't resign.

The five are calling for Parker's resignation are Elaine Marshall, June Atkinson, Wayne Goodwin, Janet Cowell and Beth Wood.

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