Lt. Gov. Dan Forest holds a post with few constitutional responsibilities. So in his down time, he’s turning into a head hunter.
The Raleigh Republican is the latest GOP leader to extend an enthusiastic invitation to radio show host Sean Hannity, asking that when he moves, he heads down South to the land of the pines.
The conservative political commentator announced his plans to leave New York after the state’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in an interview on Jan. 17 that extreme conservatives “have no place in the state of New York.”
In response, Forest called into Hannity’s show and asked that he consider moving to North Carolina instead. “We would be honored to welcome you and your team to make your new and improved home right here in North Carolina,” Forest said.
He launched the Home for Hannity campaign Monday, asking North Carolinians to help him persuade the radio show host. The online invitation currently had 545 signatures Tuesday.
Hannity has been fielding invitations from other Republican leaders who are also eager for him to make their state his new home. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Texas Gov. Rick Perry extended invitations to Hannity last week. Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert invited Hannity to be his guest at tonight’s State of the Union address.
The verdict is still out on Hannity’s potential move, but in an open letter on his website, Forest offered a range of convincing arguments favoring North Carolina.
“Home is where you protect the unalienable rights that have been endowed upon us by our Creator… that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Forest wrote. “And while I can neither confirm nor deny this claim—most intentional pursuits of happiness conclude with a plate of North Carolina BBQ. Just Saying.”