by Bob Geary
Former state Sen. Eric Mansfield is out of the contest for state Democratic Party chair, citing the ill health of his mom. That leaves Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller unopposed at this point — nine days before the Feb. 2 election meeting of the party's State Executive Committee
To read Mansfield's statement, click on the link in the tweet embedded below. Bob Etheridge is said to be considering a run in Mansfield's place. I gather this is the party establishment, such as it is, squirming unhappily at the prospect that Voller could prevail?
Voller time? “@nationhahn: I am sad that my friend Eric Mansfield must drop out of the race for Chair ericmansfieldforchair.com/announcement_r… #ncdem #ncpol”
— Bob Geary (@rjgeary) January 24, 2013
By the way, it would seem like the door would be open to a woman candidate, except that — someone correct me if I'm wrong about this — both candidates for first vice chair are women ... in part because until Mansfield dropped out, both candidates for chair were men. Is there a party rule that the two posts can't be the same gender?