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RALEIGH – Democrats said David Parker's decision to not run for re-election is for the best of the party, but there is debate about whether or not this ends the sexual harassment scandal.

Parker did not resign his position as chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party, but political insiders said it's the same result.

“He effectively resigns three weeks from now,” said Democratic Strategist Perry Woods. “The chairman is removing himself from the equation. He, I'm sure, followed the advice of his attorney. But legal arguments often don't make good political ones.”

Just minutes after Parker made his announcement, Gov. Perdue issued this statement:

“I am pleased that Mr. Parker has announced that he will step aside as party chairman. The party must move quickly to select a new chair and a new executive director. It's time to resume our focus on the core mission of the Democratic Party: strengthening our schools, creating jobs, and ensuring more opportunity for all North Carolinians.”

Despite Parker's insistence he legally didn't do anything wrong in this case, analysts say that doesn't matter.

“Politics isn't always fair,” Woods said. “Once this came out like it did, even though he may not have technically done anything wrong, as party chair you can not be the story.”

Democrats believe Parker's decision should put this scandal to rest, but Republicans say it isn't over yet.

The Republican National Committee Spokesman Matt Connelly issued this statement:

“Obama Superdelegate and NCDP Chairman David Parker’s press conference today has further exposed what a grave threat this sexual harassment scandal is to President Obama’s already bleak chances at winning North Carolina in November. President Obama will be forced to address this continuing scandal when he arrives in Raleigh on Tuesday and North Carolinians are eagerly awaiting his response.”

President Obama will be in the Tar Heel state on an official trip Tuesday.

The details have not yet been made public, however News 14 Carolina will have complete coverage of his stop in the Triangle.

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