News and Observer: Nesbitt steps down as leader of Senate Democrats

From the News and Observer:

Senate Democratic leader Martin Nesbitt, the voice of the opposition in a chamber dominated by Republicans, is stepping down from his post, citing a “recent medical diagnosis.”

Raleigh state Sen. Dan Blue, a former House speaker, will take the helm in his absence, elected by a unanimous vote Monday, according to a statement.

Nesbitt’s illness was not disclosed but it will require treatments that will take him away from the job, the statement said.

“After a recent diagnosis, it has become clear that I will need to take some time in the coming weeks and months to focus on my health,” Nesbitt said in a statement. “However, this year’s elections are too important to the future of our great state to not have all hands on deck. I am therefore pleased and proud that my friend, Sen. Dan Blue, Jr., has agreed to lead the Democratic Caucus while I seek further medical treatment.”


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0 thoughts on “News and Observer: Nesbitt steps down as leader of Senate Democrats

  1. bsummers

    David, your link there goes to a WRAL story, not the N&O, and as for keeping his seat, it says:

    Nesbitt hasn’t yet decided whether he will resign his seat representing the Asheville area, caucus director Ford Porter said.

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