Democrats and Republicans are familiar with Parkinson. He was formerly the Chairman of the Republican Party. Now, as a Democrat, both parties are hoping he'll come willing to work and compromise.
Both parties say they are optimistic about Lt. Governor Parkinson's arrival into the Governor's Office. They are also hopeful he will be willing to see their perspectives on energy and coal. While the positions Parkinson will take on the issues facing the legislature are unclear, what is clear is that both parties are voicing confidence in his abilities.
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