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Jim Gardner gets another day in the sun

The Republicans rolled out one of their old political war horses to emcee the inauguration on Saturday.
Former Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner was the master of ceremonies for the event, presiding flawlessly. Gardner, a Rocky Mount businessman, was elected to Congress in 1966, and was a candidate for governor in 1968, 1972, and 1992. He was elected lieutenant governor.
Gardner, one of the father's of the conservative movement in North Carolina, that one of his favorites was the new Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. In introducing Forest, who had the backing of many social conservatives, Gardner said Forest was one "close to my heart.''
Gardner called it "a great day for North Carolina.''
"I'm even up here clapping for Jim Hunt," he said. Hunt defeated him for governor in 1992.


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