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Closet-Case Democratic Party Official Infected Ex-Girlfriend With AIDS Virus?

Posted on | April 24, 2012 | 20 Comments

Jay Parmley and Rebecca Burgin

Last week, we noted that Jay Parmley, who was forced to resign as executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party after being accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old male staffer, had claimed to be the victim of “right-wing political enemies.”

Alas, it appears that the real victim was a young Oklahoma woman who says Parmley infected her with the AIDS virus:

Parmley’s ex-girlfriend Rebecca Burgin told TheDC that Parmley forever changed her life by making her HIV-positive. She’s worried, she said, that Parmley may have done to someone else what he did to her.
“My motivation for talking to you was that I have read the articles, I have read the letter [that Ortega sent to Parmley detailing sexual harassment allegations] and everything like that,” Burgin said.
“And after Jay and I broke up, the biggest concern that I had was, ‘what if this happened to somebody else? Would he do this to someone else?’ … My biggest concern is for anybody else that has had a relationship with him that he did not tell.” . . .
“When Jay and I met, I was 20 and he was 32,” she said. “To me, it seems to be a pattern, potentially… The unnerving thing to me is that it looks like he uses his position of authority to prey on younger adults.” . . .
Parmley served as national president of the Young Democrats of America from 1999 to 2001, then becoming executive director and chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party until 2005. . . .
In 2005 he left Oklahoma to become a Mississippi state liaison to the Democratic National Committee under chairman Howard Dean, during the former Vermont governor’s 50-state strategy campaign. He took a similar role in South Carolina in 2007, and became executive director of the South Carolina Democratic Party in 2009. In May 2011, the North Carolina Democratic Party hired him as its executive director. . . .
“I met him — I was a student in college and he was my American Government professor,” she told TheDC in a phone interview. “Upon completing that class, we started dating. We dated for a little over three years.” . . .
Around October 2006, after more than 14 months of a long-distance relationship, Parmley became “debilitating[ly] sick” in Mississippi, she said.
Former Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole told TheDC that he and his wife took Parmley to the hospital “because he had lost a great deal of weight and couldn’t keep anything in his stomach.”
And then came Thanksgiving, when Burgin said she was hit with the news that would change her life forever.
“He had called my parents and asked them that they call me and have me come over,” Burgin said, “and that I needed to call him. And so I called him, and it was at that point that he told me the doctors had tested him for HIV. And that he was HIV positive. And that I needed to be tested.” . . .

Read the whole thing, a great story by Matthew Boyle at the Daily Caller.

Notice that Parmley was employed at the top levels of the Democratic Party — as national director of Young Democrats, in Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina — for more than a dozen years before his sexual predations were publicly exposed.

Indeed, according to Burgin’s account, top Democratic officials knew Parmley was HIV-positive more than five years ago, which might have been seen as a huge clue that Parmley was up to no good.

Of course, such an interpretation — that AIDS infection might be evidence of dangerous proclivities — could be seen as “discrimination,” and Democrats consider discrimination a greater danger than an incurable sexually-transmitted disease. And remember that when Parmley was accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old male aide, North Carolina Democratic Party officials tried to cover it up with a financial settlement, even though Parmley’s high-risk behavior had already victimized at least one other young person. Also remember, as Ed Morrissey says, to keep Rebecca Burgin in your prayers.



20 Responses to “Closet-Case Democratic Party Official Infected Ex-Girlfriend With AIDS Virus?”

  1. Adobe_Walls
    April 24th, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    There is no corruption they’re incapable of.

  2. Uptonogood
    April 24th, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Hey scumbag, if “AIDS infection might be evidence of dangerous proclivities” (ed. – read:  homosexuality), then I guess Rebecca Burgin, who appears to be a truly blameless victim of a terribly disturbed man, should be viewed for the remainder of her life as having a tendency toward “dangerous proclivities” right?  Her bosses should be wary of her, because it’s a “clue that she’s up to no good” right?

  3. SDN
    April 24th, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

     Ah, the president of the National Non Sequitor Society has graced us with his presence.

  4. Uptonogood
    April 24th, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    If you’re implying that I’m not responding to the “point” of the post, which I guess is to report on the horrible things this man is alleged to have done, you got me.  I was simply enraged that, within a post ostensibly about the tragedy this woman has suffered, the author felt the need to disparage all people infected with HIV/AIDS, a population of which this woman unfortunately now is a member.

    Would you care to respond to my non sequitur and explain why this woman, going forward, should be treated as though she has a propensity toward “dangerous proclivities” and that she might be “up to no good” as the author felt the need to include in his post?

  5. Wombat_socho
    April 24th, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

     You’re being deliberately obtuse, and we don’t hold with that kind of behavior around here. *whack*

  6. SDN
    April 24th, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Awwww, Wombat, I wasn’t finished with the chew toy yet….

  7. Chrisd123
    April 24th, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Judging from your reaction I must assume you are gay or HIV +, or both. The woman up until having contact with this scumbag ( who needs to be in jail for knowingly passing on the illness) did in no way ask to given a death sentence by a guy who is clearly bisexual and a user of people for his own sexual desires. This is a perfect example of the hypocrisy of the left and democrat party.

  8. Wombat_socho
    April 24th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

     Studying is not going well and I’m feeling abusive.

  9. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 24th, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    Here is a new ad:  Don’t screw Democrats; they will give you HIV.  

  10. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 24th, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    Uptonogood is spreading a form of thought HIV(e) Mind.  Many Democrats are infected.  

  11. Pathfinder's wife
    April 24th, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    The key is — for the cough…esteemed commentor above — was never the guy’s sexual preference, rather his tendency towards predatory behavior, which is bad enough without the HIV.  The presence of the virus just puts a steaming poo cherry on top of the manure sundae of his lack of ethics and basic humanity.  

    And, like a certain president and the blue dress girl — the other big freaking deal here is the cover up and the circling of the wagons around a predator and liar.

  12. Daily scoreboard « Don Surber
    April 24th, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

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  13. Bob Belvedere
    April 24th, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    Of course, not.  They have rejected Morality.  Ideas mean more to them than their fellow human beings.

    The behavior of those Democrats who tried to cover his behavior up all these years remind me of those Democrats who refused to shut the bath houses in the 1980’s.

  14. Bob Belvedere
    April 24th, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    You forgot to give Ladd the link, Evi!

    Hive Mind

  15. ThePaganTemple
    April 24th, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    Hey, I for one have nothing against homosexual men who have AIDS. Why, if anything, I think they should be given their own special island in the South Pacific, all to themselves, with free monthly shipments of rice and other basic foodstuffs. Hell, I’d even be willing to go along with prefab housing for them. Air-conditioned, even.

  16. ThePaganTemple
    April 24th, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    Too damn bad John Edwards was already out of North Carolina politics by the time this guy entered the scene there. 

  17. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 24th, 2012 @ 8:37 pm


  18. Christy Waters
    April 24th, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    I don’t think this is what’s meant by a “nice parting gift”.

  19. ThePaganTemple
    April 24th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

     He must have chosen the prize behind door number two.

  20. Mike Rogers
    April 24th, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    Anally Induced Death Syndrome, is a pretty good indicator, not of sexual orientation, but of a deliberately dangerous lifestyle, including many partners and no protection. It is not a long jump (ahem) from there to being a sexual predator.
    Stacy nailed him (but only with his pen)!