Forest Not Getting Heads-Up When Cooper Leaves NC

Forest Not Getting Heads-Up When Cooper Leaves NC

10:22am Oct 04, 2017
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest becomes "acting governor" when Gov. Roy Cooper leaves the state. (Photo: ltgov.nc.gov)

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest says he hasn’t been getting a heads-up when Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper travels outside North Carolina.

The state constitution makes the lieutenant governor the "acting governor" when the chief executive is absent from the state. But Forest spokesman Jamey Falkenbury tells WRAL-TV his office has only learned about Cooper's travels after the fact. Forest's staff says while the notification isn’t required, it marks a change from Cooper's predecessor, GOP Gov. Pat McCrory.

Cooper has left the state about a dozen times since becoming governor in January, including last weekend to visit family.

Cooper's office says he "remains in communication with staff, Cabinet and emergency response officials" as needed on the road. Cooper spokesman Jamal Little says the governor "will delegate authority if ever needed."

Forest is a likely candidate for governor in 2020.

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