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McCrory's new spokeswoman once a member of so-called 'Palin truth squad'

Well, at least Gov. Pat McCrory's new press secretary is battle tested. Crystal Feldman, who McCrory announced Tuesday as his new press secretary, once was part of a team handling Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Feldman took a job in 2008 as a young researcher with the Republican National Committee in Washington, according to a profile in Roll Call magazine. But she wasn't there long.

"The RNC sent Feldman to Alaska to help handle the press after the GOP presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain tapped then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential pick,'' Roll Call wrote.

"Feldman and her co-workers spent most of their time conducting research and batting down rumors about Palin," Roll Call wrote. "The RNC group lovingly referred to themselves as 'the Palin truth squad.''

The North Carolina native later went to to work a Nevada Senate campaign, the California Republican Party, and for a House Committee on The Hill.

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