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Proceedings and Debates of the 1967 Constitutional Convention
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[Nov. 29] DEBATES 1383

DELEGATE STORM: Thank you, on
that point.

Now, referring back to section 4.03 in
reference to the lieutenant governor, I have
been wondering about the qualities we
would seek in a lieutenant governor.

Should he be a good administrator?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: Not necessarily.
I do not think a governor necessarily needs
to be a good administrator if he can appoint
people who are good administrators.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Storm.

DELEGATE STORM: What would be
his qualifications? His political attractive-
ness?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: I think that is
one.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Storm.

DELEGATE STORM: How about sec-
tion 4.01 requiring the executive power of
the state to be vested in the governor?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: He has only
such powers as the governor wants to con-
fer upon him and he is directly under the
control of the governor.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Storm.

DELEGATE STORM: I believe the
legislature can grant him powers as well
as the governor but I was wondering, do
you think that there might be a danger as
they had in Kentucky when a lieutenant
governor tried to vie with the governor for
the love and affection of the people and
started to run for office as the next gov-
ernor while he was just lieutenant gov-
ernor?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: I suppose there
is always that danger. I think you have
that same danger today with respect to the
attorney general and comptroller.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Storm.

DELEGATE STORM: Delegate Morgan,
that is what I wanted to have brought out.
We are really pluralizing this executive
and I just wondered if you agreed on it.

Now, evidently you do.

Will this lieutenant governor have to run
for office in a political campaign?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: He will run
along with the governor.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Storm.

DELEGATE STORM: Would you say
then that this man will be seeking the office
and the office not seeking the man?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Chairman Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: I could not an-
swer that question.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Storm.

DELEGATE STORM: Do you think we
can get the best lieutenant governor pos-
sible if we are going to make him stoop to
running and going through the rigors of
a political campaign?

(Laughter.)

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: I believe that
question carries with it its own answer.
We certainly get good governors by making
them go through the rigors. I do not know
why it would not work with lieutenant
governors.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Storm.

DELEGATE STORM: In the past many
of our governors have prepared for the
governorship by being attorney generals
and comptrollers.

DELEGATE MORGAN: Only half of
them have been since 1900.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Storm.

DELEGATE STORM: I think that I
have one more little question.

I understand that New Jersey and Maine
now lead the eastern seaboard, and in fact
all the states in the short ballot. I under-
stand that they only elect a governor.

 

 

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