Mecklenburg's Democrat Chairman Pat Patton, who's 89, had a pacemaker installed this morning. But she was still working the phone from her hospital bed, even if her daughter had to hold the receiver to her ear.
She and others have been working to find a new chairman by the time the party's executive committee meets Wednesday night. And finally, at least two people have expressed interest.
One is Pender McElroy, 67, a lawyer with James, McElroy and Diehl. The other is Liz Johnson, 51, who chaired the party back in the '90s. Both say they want to heal wounds caused by the rifts and embarrassment over the botched process to pick a new sheriff.
Party chairman David Erdman stepped down earlier this month, leaving Patton acting chairman.