Lawyer: Campbell needs confirmation as lt. gov.

Posted: Friday, July 10, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The process for picking Alaska's lieutenant governor is under review.

Gov. Sarah Palin said she would resign July 26, when Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will take the oath of office. In her resignation speech Friday, Palin said Military and Veterans Affairs Commissioner Craig Campbell would become the new lieutenant governor.

But earlier this year, she had selected Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt as the designee, as confirmed by the Legislature.

Tamara Cook, the Legislature's top lawyer, issued an opinion Wednesday that says Campbell can't become lieutenant governor on July 26. But she says the legal issue is murky and remains unresolved.

Cook says that Campbell can't take over as lieutenant governor until the Legislature confirms him. The Legislature isn't scheduled to reconvene until January.

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