Remove the name "Hunt" from Sanford Hunt Frye Dinner/Fundraiser

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We, the “African American Caucus-NC Democratic Party” formally requests, by submission of this petition, that the name “Hunt” (for former Governor Jim Hunt) be removed from the NC Democratic Party’s “Sanford ‘Hunt’ Frye” Dinner/Fundraiser for reason(s) outlined below:

Former Governor Jim Hunt willfully and publicly endorsed an Unaffiliated candidate against the Democratic nominee in the 2017 Primary and General Election.

It is evident this endorsement caused much harm in the General Election for Mayor of Raleigh and contributed to the Democratic candidate losing this race.

Although former Governor Jim Hunt does not hold an office within the Democratic Party and, therefore, cannot be removed, the NC Democratic Party Officers and Executive Council can certainly remove his name on their own or bring this request from the African American Caucus to the floor of the next State Executive Committee meeting.

Other prominent Democrats, i.e., Attorney General Josh Stein, Wake County Commissioner Vice Chair-Matt Calabria, et al, also endorsed this Unaffiliated candidate.

We, the African American Caucus of the NC Democratic Party suggest a stern reprimand and that rules be implemented within the Party's Plan of Organization that keeps elected officials from hurting Democratic candidates.

Those that run under the umbrella of the Democratic Party must abide by the rules of the Democratic Party or face stiff consequences up to and including a primary challenger or being excluded from all Democratic Party meetings and functions at the state, district, county and precinct level. After all, how can we trust them to not go back and tell the opposition our plans, our strategy?

If we, as Democrats, do not support our candidates and stand up for them, who will? What message do we send to the voting public when prominent Democrats such as Jim Hunt, Josh Stein, Matt Calabria, et al., publicly endorse candidates of an opposing Party? This must end and it must end now.

Again, we ask for the removal of Hunt from the Sanford ‘Hunt’ Frye Dinner.

 

 



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