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Apr 5, 2010 1:00 PM

Requests pour in about lt. governor's job

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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