Cole County Judge Rules Gov. Parson Lawfully Appointed Lieutenant Governor

This week, Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Missouri Democratic party and a World War II veteran that sought to invalidate Governor Parson’s appointment of Sen. Mike Kehoe to the position of lieutenant governor.

Judge Beetem ruled that the governor had the constitutional authority to make the appointment and that the challengers lacked standing as private citizens to sue under the circumstances of this case. The lawyer who brought the suit has said he is considering his options for an appeal.