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Surprising pick for lieutenant governor

Lieutenant GovernorTroy Findley wasn't on the radar screen as a possible pick to become lieutenant governor. In fact, few Kansans had even heard of Findley until Gov. Mark Parkinson selected him Thursday. But Findley has good credentials — a former state lawmaker, former Lawrence banker, chief of staff for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and now Parkinson. As Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, noted, Findley has "political and policy expertise and long-standing commitment to the people of Kansas."

Still, Findley was a bit surprising from a political standpoint. In choosing a lieutenant governor who says he won't run for governor, Parkinson missed an opportunity to give the Democratic Party a running start in what likely will be an uphill race to retain the governorship in 2010.