Democrats appeal lieutenant governor lawsuit dismissal to Missouri Supreme Court

Missouri Democrats are appealing after a lawsuit challenging the appointment of Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe was dismissed by the Cole County Circuit Court. (File)

Not even one week removed from a judge dismissing their lawsuit, the Missouri Democratic Party is again challenging the state's lieutenant governor appointment.

Democrats filed an appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court Tuesday after Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem had dismissed their lawsuit challenging Governor Mike Parson's appointment of Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe.

Beetem dismissed the petition with prejudice July 11, ruling the only people who can seek a ruling that would eject an official from office are government attorneys, such as the attorney general or a county prosecutor. The lawsuit had requested Beetem to declare Parson's action illegal.

Parson appointed Kehoe as lieutenant governor June 18, filling the vacancy Parson left when he assumed the role as governor in the wake of the resignation of former Governor Eric Greitens.

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