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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.

Harrison endorses Gurley for Lt. Gov.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison is backing Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley, a Republican, in his campaign for Lt. Governor.

Harrison will appear at a Gurley fund raiser Tuesday with former Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner at the Farmer's Market Restaurant in Raleigh. Tickets begin at $75.

Of course, the  sheriff does depend on Gurley, as county commissioner, for funding for his department.

“Tony has always impressed me with his ability to meet the country's funding needs – including those of our office – while lowering the tax burden on Wake County taxpayers,” Harrison said in a statement.
 Gurley faces Dan Forest, a Raleigh architect in next May's GOP primary, with the winner taking on Democratic incumbent Walter Dalton.

Gurley brings on finance director

Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley, a Republican who plans to run for lieutenant governor, named Malia Zaytoun as his campaign finance director.

According to Gurley's campaign, Zaytoun was assistant finance director for U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers last year.

Current and former Republican Wake commissioners are hosting a fund raiser for Gurley on Sept. 1 at Caffe Luna in Raleigh.

Myrick's son eyes Lt. Governor's seat

Sue Myrick's son, Dan Forest, is campaigning to be North Carolina's next lieutenant governor, reports Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer.

Morrill reports that although the race has stayed far below the radar, Forrest has been speaking to GOP groups around the state.

Morrill writes: "Forest, 43, is the son of Myrick and her first husband, the late Jim Forest. He attended East Mecklenburg High School before transferring to a school in Columbia. He practiced architecture for 23 years before stepping down in late 2009 to start a political advocacy group. He left in March to start his campaign."

Forest was a student at UNC Charlotte when his mother was elected mayor of Charlotte. He told Morrill that  his mother, a member of Congress since 1995, may campaign with him before it's over.

"I think she will be very willing to once the time comes," he said. "She'll be in campaign mode, too."

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