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Missouri lieutenant governor 'ready' if needed

Missouri lieutenant governor 'ready' if needed

May 23rd, 2018 by Associated Press in Missouri News

Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson addresses a crowd during Veterans Week Kickoff at the Missouri State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Jefferson City. (Collin Krabbe/News Tribune photo)

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.