Although reports speculate that the Democratic National Convention could be re-located as a result of a petition by gay activists who are upset by North Carolinians who voted to ban same sex marriage in their state, Congressman David Price, North Carolina Democrat, believes the Democratic Convention will go forward in Charlotte regardless of the controversy.
Rep. Price considers the vote to be a “big disappointment” but told me on Thursday, “In the part of the state that I came from, the result was quite different than what the result was state-wide and I know how the issue mobilized the triangle area against the amendment and it mobilized the college campuses,” he said.
“What the Republicans didn’t count on was how much this cause would mobilize the college campuses…the young people. So, in effect, it gives us a head start on the fall in a way that I’m sure they didn’t anticipate,” he added.
Rep. Price said that his state is still a “great choice for the convention.”
“I think we’re really going to have a good one and an enthusiastic welcome. The business community has been very cooperative and helpful in getting the states set for the convention,” he said.
“The city of Charlotte has a dynamic young mayor, a kind of an ideal host for the convention-every indication is the president is holding his own or slightly better in the polls in the state. It’s a swing state for sure, so we feel like we’re going to be like it’s going to be a very good convention and that it will help us considerably in the state and help the Democratic cause.”
The first sign of trouble for Democrats with the choice of North Carolina as thier convention site is the fact that it is a right to work state. The Charlotte Observer reported in November of 2011 that the state legislature “approved a nonbinding resolution asking the DNC to change its rules and ‘respect North Carolina’s right-to-work laws.’
According to the Observer:
Democrats assailed the resolution, calling it ‘rumor-mongering,’ ‘silliness’ and a ‘waste of time.’ They said no evidence suggests that nonunion workers are getting bypassed for union firms. “It’s a clear indication of why we shouldn’t be here today and why we shouldn’t waste taxpayers dollars,” said Rep. Paul Luebke, a Durham Democrat. The DNC convention committee declined to comment. But the N.C. Democratic Party issued a statement.
‘Unfortunately, it seems that Republicans will take every opportunity to play politics on the taxpayer’s dime to try and score cheap points,’ Chairman David Parker said.
Rep. Price told me issues between union and non union shops are being worked out for the convention saying:
“I have heard fairly detailed briefings by the convention leadership and some of the local leadership about the efforts that are ongoing to make sure that union labor gets its fair share of the work at the convention and that we, of course, are not a strong labor state. We have to make some special effort to compensate for that. We incorporate union shops into the convention operation.”
The North Carolina Democratic Party is also problems facing of its own. Following the Daily Caller’s Matt Boyle report about a sexual harassment scandal, which pushed out Democratic Party North Carolina Executive Director Jay Parmley, NC Dems are now looking at electing a new chairman for the state party this Saturday.
North Carolina Governor Bev Purdue is having her own issues with her party. According to the Rothenberg Political Report:
…her job approval has been fluctuating from 30 percent to 40 percent for months — that she wisely decided not to seek re-election this year. A recent survey by Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh-based Democratic polling firm, showed only 60 percent of Democrats approve of the job the governor is doing.
Congressman Price, though, defends Perdue’s job in office and attacked the Republican legislature for whatever problems Governor Perdue is having with her poll number.
“Governor Perdue, as far as I’m concerned, and as far as a lot of people are concerned has been a stand up governor under very difficult circumstances and with a slash and burn bunch of Republicans in charge over in the state legislature that challenged her at every turn.”