Durham Committee suspends former councilwoman for bad behavior

jporter@newsobserver.comJuly 29, 2013 

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Jackie Wagstaff

SCOTT LEWIS — Scott Lewis

— Former City Councilwoman Jackie Wagstaff will fight her suspension from the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People’s political endorsement process, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Anita Keith-Foust said Wagstaff, chairwoman of the influential group’s political committee, will attend that committee’s candidate interviews scheduled to take place this week at St. Joseph AME Church.

After an emergency meeting Saturday at which Durham Committee leaders discussed Wagstaff’s behavior at the last regular meeting of the executive committee and “certain other actions,” Durham Committee Chairman Randal Rogers suspended Wagstaff indefinitely and asked Vice Chairman and state Sen. Floyd McKissick Jr. to lead the sessions this week.

McKissick, who did not attend Thursday’s executive committee due to Senate obligations, said Rogers called him Sunday afternoon and asked him to lead the group while Wagstaff is suspended.

“I intend to certainly serve as an interim chair of the political committee,” McKissick said.

“I don’t mind at this time,” he continued, “but I do have a full plate so if there’s somebody who can come in here and do this, I’m not going to hesitate to step aside….”

Efforts to reach Rogers Monday were unsuccessful but he said in a statement the committee voted to censure Wagstaff.

“The Executive Committee concluded that her behavior has been insubordinate, uncollaborative, extremely impolite and inappropriate for the setting of our meeting,” Rogers said.

It also suspended her from participating in any Durham Committee activities as the chairwoman of its political committee or representing herself as that committee’s chairwoman until the full Durham Committee addresses the issue at a general meeting.

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