Resignation raises succession questions

By Pat Forgey
Juneau Empire

JUNEAU: Alaska Legislators are questioning whether Gov. Sarah Palin can appoint the state's No. 2 elected official without their input.

 When Palin's resignation takes effect, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will automatically become the state's chief executive and vacate the office of lieutenant governor.

In her resignation announcement Friday, Palin said Commissioner Craig Campbell of the Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs would "assume his role as lieutenant governor."

It's not clear how that would happen, as the Alaska Legislature has already designated

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  1. Inside_Passage
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 22:04:00

    I'm not sure why the Legislature OR Palin thinks they have the right to assign the next Lieutenant Governor. Isn't that Governor PARNELL's right under Alaska law? Legislature certainly can confirm it or not, but according to that article, assignment is the right of the governor. Checks and balances, yes?

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