Forest sworn in as NC lieutenant governor

Posted January 7, 2013

Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Newby, left, delivers the oath of office as Dan Forest is sworn in as N.C. lieutenant governor during a Jan. 7, 2013, ceremony in the Capitol.

— Following the lead of Gov. Pat McCrory, North Carolina's next lieutenant governor took the oath of office before this weekend's big inauguration ceremonies.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Newby swore Republican Dan Forest in during a small, private ceremony Monday in the Old Senate Chambers of the State Capitol Building in Raleigh.

Noting that North Carolina has made history by having Republican control of the executive and legislative branches, Forest said the GOP has a responsibility to "lead boldly, lead effectively and lead courageously."

He said he wants to work with McCrory and the General Assembly to cut government regulations, reform the state tax code, transform public schools through technology and create an energy industry.

Forest sworn in as lieutenant governor Lieutenant governor takes oath of office

"We have the opportunity. Will we be bold enough and courageous enough to make that happen?" he said.

Forest couldn't perform his primary duty of presiding over the North Carolina Senate if he waited until Saturday's outdoor inaugural ceremonies for Council of State members. The General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday.

Forest, who has never held public office, turned from a career as a Raleigh architect to narrowly beat Democrat Linda Coleman in his first campaign in November. He is the son of former Congresswoman Sue Myrick of Charlotte.


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  • glarg Jan 8, 2013

    " He will be a puppet for Charter schools and home schooling."


    Not a puppet for the might home school juggernaut! What could be more sinister than being controlled by moms' at their kitchen tables.

    Lose your preposterous fear mongering.

  • Skywatch_NC Jan 8, 2013

    For those here chiding Lt. Gov. Forest as he hasn't even been in office a full day yet. Ya'll just have way too much fish to fry.

  • Honesty first Jan 7, 2013

    Little Danny ran on his mommy's name, money and friends. If you really knew him you would be scared to death, even though he has little power. Any power in his hands is really scary. He will be a puppet for Charter schools and home schooling.

  • jrfergerson Jan 7, 2013

    the Lt. Governor might be responsible to do much - but he sure does collect a nice salary on a monthly basis. Furthermore, this story is about the Lt. Governor so any of you that feel you want to make comments about those on the Governors staff need to wait for a story about him to make any other comments. thank you for your consideration

  • jgilchr Jan 7, 2013

    First off, the governors office in NC is not very powerful by design. The legislature is where the power is. Secondly.....money has ALWAYS been influential in politics....for as long as there has been politics. It exists on BOTH sides of the aisle.

    I am not giving Liberals any pass on this either. Just because it has always been there doesn't make it right. Can't you see that is exactly the problem? We need to get the money out! Pope is now highly influential in pulling the purse strings. I think that is a very powerful position.

  • Steven Jan 7, 2013

    I wonder how many decades we have to continue with the whining about this media source is liberal and this media source is conservative. Who cares. If you don't like what you are seeing, you are free to tune in elsewhere. The continual crying over it is frankly a waste of time.

  • injameswetrust2003 Jan 7, 2013

    GravyPig: You are a genius! (Actually that is why I posted on this one.)

    Steven: yes, you did not get my point. My point is basically that WRAL is clearly liberally biased, and for an organization that CLAIMS to WANT to deliver the news impartially, this tendencdy of being so obviously slanted toward the libs (Perdue, Barber, Obama) is contrary to unbiased media (which may be an oxymoron).

  • gingerlynn Jan 7, 2013

    The Lt. Gov will likely be the tie breaking vote on the Board of Education after Gov McCrory appoints Republicans to seats being vacated (4 or 5 I believe). Given his outspoken ideas on charter schools and vouchers, this Lt. Gov (whether you like him or not) is likely to have more power than any in recent (or ever) history.

  • dontstopnow Jan 7, 2013

    Steven, you do not get the point of that post. WRAL NEVER deletes ALL messages and closes a story for comments like they have the McCroy promises one. It was strange and whether this board is privately owned or not is not the point. Most people on here pay attention to out-of-norm behavior.

  • Steven Jan 7, 2013

    "Why is the Governor McCrory blog post closed for comments? I know you liberals don't like criticism, but seriously what about freedom of speech?" by injameswetrust2003

    You do understand the concept of a privately owned message board, right? They have the right to allow or not allow comments, or delete ones that are made all they want. You don't have the right to speech in a privately owned setting. You get the opportunity to do so via their good graces.