Missouri lieutenant governor 'ready' if needed

Missouri lieutenant governor 'ready' if needed
Posted at 11:33 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 12:33:10-04

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson says he will be ready to step up if Gov. Eric Greitens is removed from office because of misconduct allegations.

Parson says he has not talked to Greitens "for a while." The Republican lieutenant governor has not publicly criticized Greitens, who has been accused of sexual misconduct and misuse of a charity donor list for his political campaign.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Parson said he is focused on being lieutenant governor but will be ready if his job expands. Parson spoke to business leaders Tuesday in Columbia.

Lawmakers are meeting in special session to consider whether to impeach Greitens.

Missouri's governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. The state constitution says the lieutenant governor takes over if the governor leaves office.