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Dome: Randy Voller facing more heat from fellow Democrat

From Staff ReportsAugust 8, 2013 

N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller is facing heat from his naysayers again. Democratic operative Frank Eaton recently posted new court documents online showing Voller’s home subject to foreclosure for delinquent payments.

But Voller refutes the suggestions that his finances – which previously became a liability for Democrats – are once again poised to embarrass the party. A day after the July 25 court filings by Wells Fargo, Voller was accepted in a mortgage modification program, according to documents he provided to Dome. He said the court filing was merely part of the modification process.

Voller, a real estate broker and developer and a past member of the N.C. Housing Finance Agency board, said his home loan is resolved now and he made his first payment under the new plan a month ahead of time. He said like many in his industry, the economic recession took a toll and he’s still trying to dig out. “We are not in foreclosure,” he said. “It’s resolved.”

Voller’s finances have been a problem for the party. But he says this episode is behind him. “It’s not going to be a distraction,” he said. And likewise, he dismissed concern about members of his own party still trying to hurt him months after he took the chairmanship. He touts his fundraising progress and his efforts to build the party’s base. “I don’t really know what their intent is but mine is to move forward,” he said.

Meanwhile, Michael Carmichael said Wednesday he had filed a civil action for libel against Eaton and his company Bully Documentary. The complaint, filed in Orange County Superior Court, centers on a video Eaton made last spring that accused Voller of mismanaging the party. In it he questioned why Carmichael, a friend of Voller’s and co-founder of CC & Associates, was being paid $6,000 per month by the party.

McCrory’s board pay

Gov. Pat McCrory’s state financial disclosure form offers little insight into his wealth. But newly filed corporate records show the Republican made more than $175,000 in 2012 as a board member for two publicly traded companies. According to federal Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed in May, McCrory made $138,204 in total compensation (salary and stock awards) as a director at Tree.com, an online mortgage lender, through Dec. 31, 2012.

SEC records filed in late July show he earned another $38,555 in total compensation as a Kewaunee Scientific director from April 2012 to the end of the year.

The company paid his health insurance, which accounts for about $9,000 of the total.

McCrory resigned both boards just before he became governor. Still unknown: How much he made as a consultant for his brother’s firm and his previous salary at Moore & Van Allen, a Charlotte law firm that does lobbying work.

Voters split on Hagan

A new state-wide poll by a GOP firm shows that North Carolina voters are evenly split on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

The survey, by Magellan Strategies of Baton Rouge, La., found 41.4 percent supported her reelection and 42.6 percent felt it was time to give a new person a chance. The poll was not conducted on behalf of any candidate or political organization, according to the firm.

“While any reelection number below 50 percent should be some cause for concern, Hagan’s current position puts her in a much better place than other Southern Democratic U.S. senators up in 2014,” said John Diez Jr., principal of Magellan Strategies BR.

Magellan polled 1,600 likely North Carolina voters between July 31 and Aug. 1. The margin of error was 2.5 percent.

Staff writers John Frank and Rob Christensen

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