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Forest imports mom's staff

Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Forest didn't have to look far for office staff. He announced Friday that two people who worked for his mother, former U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, will join him in Raleigh.

Hal Weatherman, a former Myrick chief of staff, will do the same job for Forest. Weatherman started with Myrick in 1995 and left her office in early 2011 to become national communications director for the Florida-based ACT! for America, which describes itself as "combating the threat of radical Islam." Weatherman managed Forest's campaign.

Falkenbury, Myrick's former office manager, will be Forest's director of operations. Before he went to work for Myrick, he was a trade assistant with the South Carolina World Trade Center.

Kelsey Crum, a recent graduate of Appalachian State University, will be director of constituent service. She is the former head of Appalachian State College Republicans and Young Americans for Romney at the campus.

Forest is taking the oath of office at a private ceremony Monday in the Old Senate Chambers.

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