Parker to attend DNC as delegate

David Parker speaks to reporters

August 29, 2012 3:15:07 PM PDT
David Parker -- the same man the Democratic National Committee urged to step down a few months ago -- confirmed plans to attend the convention in Charlotte as a delegate.

Now, Republicans are using that as political ammunition.

Parker was behind a secret settlement with a former staffer who claimed he was sexually assaulted by the party's former executive director, who denies the allegations.

Parker is now being sued by the former staffer for defamation.

Meanwhile, Parker told ABC11 that he's looking forward to attending the convention as a delegate.

However, Parker's appearance at the convention was a topic Obama Campaign Press Secretary Ben LaBolt dodged in an interview Thursday afternoon.

"What the convention in Charlotte is going to focus on is what voters across the country are focused on, and that's the economic choice we face," said LaBolt.

GOP Spokesman Rob Lockwood fired back at LaBolt.

"Ben LaBolt's right," said Lockwood. "People are going to think about President Obama's failure and how it hasn't translated into jobs."

Lockwood said the move could spell even more trouble for Democrats in North Carolina.

"People look at the culture of corruption that exists in the Democratic Party," said Lockwood. "They don't like it. They're looking for change."

Democrats, on the other hand, predict voters will ignore controversial headlines and stick to the issues at polls in November.

President Obama and Mitt Romney are running neck-and-neck in the latest North Carolina polls.

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