On Monday, May 13th 2019, Executive Director for the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE), Kim Strach, was dismissed by a 3-2 party-line vote of the Board. When pressed for reasons for her dismissal, Democratic board members could give no good reason (see below reporting from WBTV’s Nick Ochsner).
It was this week’s worst-kept secret that Strach was being ousted so that the board – appointed by Democrat Governor Roy Cooper – could fill the position with a left-leaning individual. This is despite the fact that Strach’s work has been respected by both sides of the political aisle, and the very board members who voted her out praised her good work during the same meeting.
But apparently, the NC Democratic Party feels that the men with whom a woman associates are more important to her career than her own work, talent, and character.
Per the statement of NCDP Chair, Wayne Goodwin:
In 2019, there is no excuse for a major political party to say a woman should be fired based on the work of her husband and the party of the governor (a man) at the time she was appointed. This is especially rich coming from a party that tries to champion itself as the defenders of women’s rights.
Turns out, the patriarchy may be alive and well in North Carolina, after all.