UPDATE: Lt. Governor Takes Job with Obama Administration

The second-in-command to Governor Steve Beshear has resigned.
 
This shake-up at the capitol comes because the Lieutenant Governor, Jerry Abramson, has been appointed to a position in the Obama Administration. 
 
Abramson will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
 
He will serve as a liaison connecting the President’s domestic issues with state and local governments.
 
“I’m hopeful of helping not only the Governor and the Commonwealth of Kentucky but all the people in Kentucky and throughout the country,” said Abramson.  “I can add value on a national basis and I look forward to working with the President, the mayors, the county executives as well as the Governors and Lt. Governors around America on the domestic agenda that can keep this country strong from within.”
 
Former Auditor Crit Luallen will replace Abramson as Lt. Governor.
 
Governor Beshear said he’s confident Abramson will continue to make Kentucky proud and he looks forward to working with him as both a friend and an ally in Washington.
 
Beshear chose Abramson as his running mate when running for re-election in 2011.
 
Abramson was Louisville’s mayor of 21 years, the longest tenure in the city’s history.
 
He plans to take that experience with him to Washington.
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