McConnell: McGill 'interested' in Lt. Gov. office

Published: Jun. 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell says he has talked with a state senator he says is "interested" in succeeding McConnell in the office, even though the position would be temporary.

McConnell said he has discussed the position with longtime Sen. Yancy McGill of Williamsburg County. McGill is considered a conservative democrat from Kingstree who has been in the state senate for 25 years.

If McGill agrees to be elected as senate pro tem of the state senate, the position Sen. John Courson vacated Wednesday, McConnell would then resign from office as lieutenant governor, allowing him to focus on his new job as president of the College of Charleston.

McGill, as senate pro tem, would then rise to the lieutenant governor position, which he would hold until a new lieutenant governor, who will be elected in November, takes office in early 2015.

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