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Lawsuit over Lieutenant Governor appointment to go to court next week

A lawsuit about whether Governor Mike Parson had the legal authority to appoint the position of Lieutenant Governor will be going before a Cole County judge next week.

On June 18th, Parson appointed former Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe as Lieutenant Governor. The Missouri Democratic Party and lead plaintiff Darrell Cope filed a lawsuit stating the position could only filled by election. On July 5th, Circuit Judge Jon Beetem will hear the Missouri Democratic Party’s arguments.

The legality of Kehoe’s appointment has been a controversial subject. Several former chief executives of both parties have stated the Governor has the legal ability to appoint the Lt. Governor.

“We have been advised this appointment is legal and valid and we are very pleased with Governor Parson’s choice,” said Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri. “Like Governor Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe has demonstrated his ability to work with many diverse parties to arrive at solutions that benefit all Missourians, including Missouri employers, and we look forward to assisting both of them in their new roles,” said McCarty.

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