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Apr 5, 2010 1:22 PM by Letitia Walker

Governor Surprised By Number of Candidates

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's surprised

how many people have told him they're interested in being appointed

lieutenant governor for the short stint of the appointment.

      Jindal intends to name a temporary replacement to fill the

office, which will be left vacant when Mitch Landrieu moves to the

New Orleans mayor's job next month. The person would take office

until January.

      Jindal has said he will only appoint someone who doesn't intend

to run for the job in the fall election. And Jindal also is asking

lawmakers and voters to abolish the position entirely.

      Despite his push to get rid of the job, Jindal said Monday that

he's heard from business leaders, state lawmakers and local

officials who are interested in the lieutenant governor's

appointment.

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