RALEIGH--It was business as usual for the state's democratic party Saturday. The ballots, the motions, the meetings, and the preparation for the party's national convention later this year.
"I got elected a delegate at my district convention so I am excited about going to represent the North Carolina Democratic Party as a delegate in Charlotte," said Young Democrats of North Carolina President Sam Spencer.
At the center of it all was chairman David Parker. After vowing to step aside, Parker is still at the helm, after the party rejected his resignation last month at a meeting in Greensboro.
"What happened in Greensboro didn't stay in Greensboro. Everybody knows about it and we march on. This is a unified party," said NC Democratic Party Chairman David Parker.
It's also a party that is being sued. Earlier this week Adriadn Ortega, who claimed he was sexually harassed by former Executive Director Jay Parmley, filed a defamation lawsuit claiming Parker defamed him during an April 19th press conference. Parker had no comment on the lawsuit and the convention attendees were more focused on rallying the party in an election year, not legal matters.
"We all need to work to get the country where it needs to be. We don't need to pull sides we need to go across the aisle and work together," said registered Democrat BJ Thompson.
"It's the democratic party and people should say what they think but the feeling in this room is we're going to elect Barack Obama," said Parker.
More than 1,200 people were at Saturday's convention in Raleigh. While everybody would like to go to Charlotte, the state will actually send 158 delegates to the convention in September.