Where in the world is Dan Forest?
North Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest has been noticeably absent from several key events in the state so far in 2017.
- Most recently, Forest was in Salt Lake City, Utah and missed the NC Senate’s budget debate on May 11-12. (A budget that would add three people to his security detail btw, see below)
The NC Senate debated the budget on May 11 from about 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. They came back into session for the third reading at 12:05 a.m. on May 12. Forest, whose role as Lt. Gov. makes him President of the Senate, did not preside over either session. Instead Forest was presiding over an empty chamber in the Utah Senate.
- On March 14, Forest missed the Governor’s first State of the State address while meeting with the Trump Administration in Washington, DC.
- On March 6, Forest was in Texas promoting another HB2-style bill, while Gov. Cooper and legislative leaders were negotiating an HB2 compromise.
But back to the Lt. Governor’s new security detail in the 2017 Senate Budget.
“Duties. – The members of the Lieutenant Governor's Executive Protection Detail shall protect the Lieutenant Governor and the Lieutenant Governor's immediate family and perform duties as assigned by the Lieutenant Governor relating to the protection of the Lieutenant Governor."
Is Forest going to take his three patrolmen detail every time he takes one of these out of state trips? And what other important events in North Carolina is he going to miss? Where in the world will Forest run next?