Under the Dome

Brian Nick departs political arena, moving to Wal-Mart

A prominent Republican strategist in North Carolina and a close aide to Gov. Pat McCrory is stepping away from the political arena.

Charlotte-based Brian Nick is leaving political communications firm Strategic Perception to work as director of national media relations for Wal-Mart.

His last day at Fred Davis’ political firm, where Nick worked as director of communications, is Wednesday. He starts Monday in Bentonville, Ark., where he plans to move his family in coming weeks.

Nick played a key role in guiding Pat McCrory to the governor’s office in 2012, handling communications and political strategy, before moving to assist the nonprofit formed to boost his administration, the Renew North Carolina Foundation. Davis’ firm also did McCrory’s paid media in the campaign.

He also worked for a brief time at Moore and Van Allen, a law firm and lobbying shop where McCrory once worked. His other political experience includes time as chief of staff to Sen. Elizabeth Dole and communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington.

Nick’s move to the corporate world is a blow to McCrory, who lost two other key political advisers in the past year. Jonathan Felts, a former White House political director, joined the governor’s office but left in January. Jack Hawke, McCrory’s top consultant, died in November.