Judge dismisses lawsuit over MO Lt. Gov. appointment

Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 at 5:49 PM CDT
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(KFVS/AP) - A Missouri judge has dismissed a lawsuit over the appointment of the state's Lt. Governor.

Democrats brought on the lawsuit after Governor Mike Parson gave the job to Mike Kehoe.

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The judge's ruling says the governor has the authority to appoint Kehoe to the Lt. Governor's office.

The ruling temporarily resolves a decades-old argument in the Show-Me State.

The Missouri constitution does not make clear a line of succession for the job of lt. Governor.

Gov. Mike Parson released a statement:

"We applaud the Court's expedient decision to dismiss the plaintiffs' case regarding the Governor's appointment authority. This affirms our position as well as the position of previous Governors from both parties. We look forward to continuing our work with Lieutenant Governor Kehoe and also commend the work of Attorney General Josh Hawley's office in effectively arguing the merits of this case on an important constitutional issue."

Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.