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  [WI]Everyone wants to be lieutenant governor
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Last EditedPenguin  Jun 01, 2010 09:15pm
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AuthorPatrick Marley
MediaNewspaper - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
News DateTuesday, June 1, 2010 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe job could be a couch potato's dream - $76,261 a year for doing nothing.

In a political season when Democrats went weeks without a candidate for governor, a host of party members have vied for the job of lieutenant governor. Not to be outdone, four Republicans and a Libertarian are seeking the No. 2 post in state government.

The lieutenant governor is a calamity away from running the state. But unless a governor dies, is incapacitated or leaves office early, the lieutenant governor - sometimes derided as "the lite governor" - has little to do. The job comes with a lofty title, but it includes no constitutional responsibilities and has proved in recent decades to provide limited political futures. So why do so many people want the job?

"You just stand around and wait for the governor to die. It's a plum job," said state Sen. Alan Lasee (R-De Pere), who has been unsuccessful in his efforts to change the state constitution and eliminate the post.

The candidates say they have plans to make the job relevant and are eager to explain them to voters who often ask why they would want such a job.
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