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McCrory's campaign manager opens political shop in Raleigh

Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign manager Russell Peck is opening a new Raleigh office for Mercury Public Affairs.

The firm -- with offices in New York, New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania and Florida -- focuses on media strategy, lobbying, polling and other political work.

Peck is the former executive director at the N.C. Republican Party, a former operative for the American Natural Gas Association and works on various other Republican campaigns. He said he is not going to lobby in his new job.

“Russell Peck is one of the best and most-accomplished political operatives in America,” Mercury partner Mike DuHaime said in a company announcement.  “Russell’s addition allows us to bring Mercury’s top-flight public affairs capabilities to North Carolina, while adding to our considerable and growing national strength.”

Peck is the latest McCrory campaign alum looking to use his connections to influence state government. Former spokesman Brian Nick now works at Moore & Van Allen, a firm with a lobbying shop in Raleigh, and campaign strategist Jack Hawke is operating a new political nonprofit that is designed to further McCrory's agenda.


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