The former executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party has found greener pastures.
Robert Dempsey is reportedly taking the same post at the Virginia Democratic Party, according to the Virginian-Pilot and confirmed by Dome. And unlike North Carolina, Virginia is a place where Democrats see better opportunities.
N.C. Democratic Chairman Randy Voller abruptly ousted Robert Dempsey in February, a contested move that came amid discord with activists who wanted to shift the party to the left. He served less than a year in the post.
Dempsey will replace Lauren Harmon, who left in February after her own short tenure and amid internal squabbling, according to a Democratic blogger.
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Still, the Virginia gig is a political upgrade for Dempsey, coming after Democrats won the state’s governor’s mansion and attorney general’s office. The party will also play a key role in U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s re-election bid. Like North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, Republicans are targeting Warner for defeat.