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Aug 20, 2010 5:59 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Angelle on Lt. Governor's Race

The latest poll released by Southern Media & Opinion Research, shows Secretary of State Jay Dardenne leading the Lieutenant Governor's race over musician Sammy Kershaw. But what does the current Lt. Governor have to say about the position that was almost eliminated? KATC caught up with Scott Angelle in Eunice Friday.

"We need to have a robust cultural, recreational and tourism effort in this state... and that can happen with or without a Lt. Governor," said Angelle.

But, other than promoting Louisiana, Angelle says there is an even bigger task for the next person to hold the seat.

"Obviously the statutory responsibilities of the lieutenant governor is to be ready to serve in the absence of the governor. That's very important."

Angelle says the main reason Governor Jindal ever considered eliminating the office is because of budget issues. Some state officials also believed the job was unnecessary.

"The (Louisiana) Legislature said 'No', we want a lieutenant governor to sale, promote and generate interest in our state, as I have done the last several months. And, I would expect my successor to be as eager and energetic to do the same."

Angelle says he's not choosing a favorite in the upcoming election, and isn't quite sure of his next steps.

"I'm not going to endorse any candidate. I going to work real hard in my effort for the next several months. I will go back to the Department of Natural Resources and whether this is last Louisiana hears of me... I'm not sure."

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