McConnell to resign Thursday as SC lt governor

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell says Thursday will be his final day as South Carolina's No. 2 politician.

      McConnell says he's having cataract surgery Tuesday and plans to return to the Legislature on Thursday to submit his resignation and say goodbye after three decades in public office.

      The 66-year-old McConnell starts next month as president of the College of Charleston. Both he and Gov. Nikki Haley have said the lieutenant governor position should not be vacant for long.

      But Senate President Pro Tempore John Courson of Columbia, next in line to become lieutenant governor, says he wants to stay in the Legislature.

      Voters elect a new lieutenant governor in November. McConnell says the state needs a lieutenant governor to perform tasks a legislator can't, like presenting a budget to the governor.

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