Under the Dome

Former state Democratic Party director takes Virginia post

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.

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.