SC drama shows second-in-command not always wanted

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Updated: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:20:10 EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For weeks, political intrigue swirled in South Carolina over a part-time position that no one seemed to want, especially for just six months.

All 28 Republicans in the state Senate refused to take the leadership position that would force them to become lieutenant governor. No Democrats spoke up either until a senator whose re-election was in doubt offered to take the seat and become the only Democrat in statewide office.

But there doesn't have to be scorn over the No. 2 job. National Lieutenant Governor's Association Executive Director Julia Hurst says states can help by giving their second-in-command more responsibilities.

Hurst says Indiana's lieutenant governor has 42 different responsibilities. Colorado and several other states put the No. 2 person in charge of higher education.

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