Lieutenant Governors: The Grass Is Always Greener...
New Jersey policymakers didn't like having the State Senate President -- someone who most voters never elected -- as second in the line of ...
New Jersey policymakers didn't like having the State Senate President -- someone who most voters never elected -- as second in the line of gubernatorial succession. So, they (and the state's voters) created a lieutenant governor's office. Last year, Kim Guadagno was elected as the state's first lieutenant governor.
Arizona may soon do the same thing. The secretary of state is second in the line of succession there. Some lawmakers view that as confusing. Voters don't realize that when they're electing a secretary of state, they're also electing a potential governor.
But, Arizonans should pay attention to what's going on in Louisiana and Illinois. In Illinois, there's talk of getting rid of the lieutenant governor's office because nobody pays attention to it anyway. That's how a fundamentally flawed candidate like Scott Lee Cohen could win the Democratic lieutenant governor's nomination. In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal also is talking about eliminating the lieutenant governor's office.
Lieutenant governors: You can't live with them, you can't live without them.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
LAPD Criticized for Arranging Private Meeting for Mexican Murderer18 hours ago
Carl Heastie Will Be New York Assembly's Next Speaker18 hours ago
John Kerry Fined for Not Shoveling Snow at His Boston House19 hours ago
Pennsylvania Treasurer Resigns19 hours ago
The Week in Public Finance: Atlantic City, Volcker Rule Relief and Oil Worries21 hours ago
Arizona Copes with Measles Outbreak as Super Bowl Nears1 day ago