Friday, November 14, 2008

Scarnati to Serve as Senator and Lieutenant Governor

State officials are making plans for a public swearing-in ceremony for Pennsylvania's new Lieutenant Governor, Joseph Scarnati. But there's some controversy over whether he should retain his Senate seat while serving in the administration. Republican Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says he doesn't see a problem with him serving two branches of government simultaneously. But Franklin and Marshall College political scientist Terry Madonna says "there is potentially a conflict between his concerns about representing the interests of the state as lieutenant governor on the one hand and the interests of his constituents." Scarnati's duel role is not without precedent; Senator Bob Jubelirer took over as Lieutenant Governor when Tom Ridge left for Washington.

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