From 2008 to 2012, through two gubernatorial campaigns and in between, Chris Emanuel traveled the state with Pat McCrory as the former Charlotte mayor's senior political director. Now, with McCrory in the governor's mansion, Emanuel is starting his own lobbying firm, reports Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer.
The former USAirways pilot is starting the CG Emanuel Group. He hopes to represent clients in Raleigh.
"My experience is over the past five years working with campaigns," he says."I've gotten to know many of the legislators."
Emanuel says he hopes to lobby on issues including education, construction and energy.