Democrats

Vice chairwoman of NC Democratic Party resigning

RALEIGH – The first vice-chairwoman of the North Carolina Democratic Party is resigning from her post, citing conflict with party chairman Randy Voller.

In a letter to friends, sent Monday night, Raleigh native Nina Szlosberg-Landis wrote that she believes she could be more effective raising money for Democrats outside the party organization.

Both Szlosberg-Landis and Voller were elected in February. Since then, Voller has been questioned about his use of a party credit card during a March trip to a Las Vegas casino to watch basketball. He said he paid the $3,300 balance in full.

Strategist calls for investigation into NC Dems chairman

Democratic strategist Frank Eaton is calling for an investigation into NC Democratic Party chairman Randy Voller, ahead of district conventions this weekend.

Eaton brings up growing questions about Voller’s leadership in a video to state Democrats: Firing the interim director and installing himself as executive director, possible misuse of funds, and intimidation of staff members.

A group of Democrats filed a petition last week asking the executive council to remove Voller as interim director.

Watt expected to be nominee for federal housing post

Rep. Mel Watt

WASHINGTON — A White House official says President Barack Obama intends to nominate Democratic Rep. Mel Watt of North Carolina to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

If confirmed by the Senate, Watt would replace Edward DeMarco, an appointee of President George W. Bush who has been a target of housing advocates, liberal groups and Democratic lawmakers.

The president was expected to announce the nomination Wednesday.

Watt’s nomination comes at a crucial time for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two government sponsored mortgage-finance enterprises that the government rescued at the height of the financial crisis in September 2008 as they teetered neared collapse from losses on soured mortgage loans.

The White House official spoke only on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement.

– Associated Press

Community was at the center of Jamie Hahn’s life mission

Jamie and Nation Hahn

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church is a church historically dedicated to social justice, and that’s why Nation and Jamie Hahn chose that church to be their spiritual home.

But at a prayer service Monday, the usually vibrant church was somber and hushed.

Jamie Hahn, a Democratic finance strategist, was across town, at WakeMed, fighting for her life. She and Nation, her husband, were attacked by their friend, Jon Broyhill, in their home.

Nation said at the prayer service that “we probably won’t know why” the attack happened. Those answers may come later.

The Hahns are rising stars in the Democratic Party. They worked on high-profile campaigns and other Democratic causes. Old-school Democratic operatives called Nation and Jamie the future of the party.

Gary Pearce, who advised former Gov. Jim Hunt, gave Nation space on his blog, where Nation wrote that the state Democratic Party is wandering in the desert and needs new ideas.

At the service, though, there was no talk of politics.

Just prayer. For Jamie.

“It may sound strange coming from me, but I don’t know how prayer works,” said the Rev. Nancy Petty, Pullen Baptist’s pastor. “All I know is that it makes me better.”

Outside the church, the hashtag “#prayersforjamie” circulated around Twitter – a fitting tribute for the couple who used social media to build communities.

Nation — both hands bound in bandages — spoke from the pulpit, reading from his iPad.

He spoke of the commitment he and Jamie made to each other, on their fourth wedding anniversary: To make themselves healthier and to recommit themselves to “being better spouses, better friends to ourselves and others, and committed to our “families.”

He also spoke of forgiveness, saying two families had been affected by the violent act.

He quoted Robert Kennedy, who, when Martin Luther King was assassination, recited this poem:

“Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget/falls drop by drop upon the heart/until, in our own despair/against our will/comes wisdom/through the awful grace of God.”

The service was one of intercession. Rev. Petty prayed for a miracle for Jamie and Nation. She also prayed for Broyhill, who is also a member of the church.

“With confusion, we pray for Jon,” she said, “that he will know you during his time of need.”

There was no sermon, only silent prayer, set against flute and piano music. Nation and his family walked up to the stage, lit candles, and placed them on the communion table.

After the family placed their candles, one by one, the gathered lit candles and placed them on the table, until it was full.

“I want you to keep the image of that table in your mind,” Rev. Petty said. “Jamie’s life burns much brighter.”

Jamie died hours after the prayer service. Her family said, in a statement, they “lost a pure and brave spirit.”

Nation tweeted his grief:

I lost my best friend last night. The sadness is overwhelming. I have no idea what I am going to do without @jamiehahn. She was my center, my rock and my soulmate. It is almost unfathomable that the sun can shine without @jamiehahn here. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you daily.

Building community was Jamie Hahn’s life work, not just for political gain, but because it was the right thing to do. She felt passionately about it.

Jamie’s funeral will be Saturday at Pullen Memorial. Nation invited all of their communities to come.

“I want to thank everyone for #prayersforjamie. That type of community spirit defined @jamiehahn,” he tweeted. “Jamie loved you.”

– Ben McNeely

Political strategist Hahn dies from injuries after stabbed at Raleigh home

RALEIGH – Jamie Hahn, one of two people stabbed Monday night at their home on Tealwood Place, has died.

Hahn and her husband, Nation, worked as Democratic political strategists for high-profile candidates. Police say they were attacked by 31-year-old Jonathan, who was listed in an wedding announcement as their best man.

Broyhill was also injured, but police have not said how. He was charged with attempted murder but those charges are expected to be upgraded.

Nation Hahn was treated and released for his injuries.

The couple’s family issued a statement Wednesday morning that reads in part, “She dedicated her life and her work to the ideal that we were put on this Earth to care for those who need an extra measure of care. She believed in justice, opportunity and fairness for all.”

Young Democratic strategists stabbed in Raleigh home

Jamie and Nation Hahn

RALEIGH — Raleigh Police have charged a suspect in a stabbing attack against a Raleigh couple Tuesday.

Jonathan Wayne Broyhill, 31, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflecting serious injury. Broyhill was also stabbed and is in the hospital.

He allegedly attacked Nation Hahn, 27, and his wife, Jamie, 29, Monday night at their home on Tealwood Place.

The couple’s family issued a statement:

“Jamie Hahn is fighting for her life and Nation, her husband, is by her side. Our families and her friends are devastated. We deeply appreciate the thoughts and expressions of love we have received. Jamie is a strong and courageous young woman and a bright light to us all. Pray for her.”

Investigators said they don’t believe this was a random act and said no additional suspects are being sought. They also said the suspect and victims knew each other, but the incident doesn’t appear to be the result of a domestic disturbance.

Nation and Jamie Kirk Hahn are considered up-and-comers in the Democratic Party. Both have worked on multiple campaigns, most notably on John Edwards’ presidential campaign.

Nation is director of engagement for New Kind, a digital strategy firm, and is considered in political circles as a genius when it comes to using digital media in political campaigns. Jamie is a fundraising consultant at Sky Blue Strategies.

Political heavyweights inside the Democratic Party have said Nation and Jamie are the future of the party.

Nation Hahn recently wrote a guest post on Democratic strategist Gary Pearce’s blog about the challenge for Democrats nationwide.

Young Democrats: Legislature going off the rails

The Young Democrats of North Carolina released this image, calling on voters to call legislative leadership. This is coming from the Young Democrats. Which begs the question: Where is the North Carolina Democratic Party and its public relations message?