Crit Luallen

A mainstay in Kentucky state government is keeping an open mind about her political future.

Gov. Steve Beshear says his search for a new lieutenant governor started and ended with one candidate after Jerry Abramson got the call to serve in the White House.

Kentucky’s next lieutenant governor, Crit Luallen, has near-bulletproof bonafides among Democrats and Republicans in the state.

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will resign on Nov. 13 for a post in the White House, and former state Auditor Crit Luallen will be appointed in his place, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday.

Abramson will be President Obama's liaison to state and local government, the Associated Press reports.

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  A recent $100,000 donation to the Kentucky Cancer Foundation will help people across the Commonwealth undergo colon cancer screenings. Kentucky One Health's donation follows Governor Steve Beshear’s challenge to match his office's $1 million  commitment to increase the amount of colon cancer screenings.

Former Auditor Crit Luallen says she will not challenge Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.