Incoming Dan Forest is holding an even more private swearing-in ceremony than Gov.-elect Pat McCrory.
The son of former Republican Congresswoman Sue Myrick will hold a family-only ceremony with about 20 guests in the old Senate chambers Monday at the Capitol. NC Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby will officiate. Hal Weatherman, Forest's new chief of staff, said only one reporter and one TV camera are allowed to attend even though the chamber includes more than 50 seats.
Weatherman, who also worked for Forest's mother, maintained the event is "open and transparent" because News14, the pool TV camera, will air the event live on its station. But the station is only available to subscribers to the Time Warner cable network. News14 said it will make it available on a satellite feed for other TV stations. No word on whether any will air the event.
McCrory is also holding an invite-only event but he is letting more than one reporter attend and is airing his swearing-in ceremony Saturday live online. The governor and lieutenant governor typically take the oath in a public ceremony. The rest of the statewide elected leaders -- Republicans and Democrats -- will take a public oath Jan. 12.