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Colo. Gov., Lt. Gov. Resolve Feud

October 13, 1999

DENVER (AP) _ Colorado’s governor and lieutenant governor have settled an eight-month feud that included a disagreement over whether the lieutenant governor should drive a state sports utility vehicle or a sedan.

Gov. Bill Owens met for an hour Tuesday with Lt. Gov Joe Rogers to discuss the dispute that started during their campaign for the governorship.

``Gov. Owens had a productive and cordial meeting with Lt. Governor Rogers,″ a statement from Owens’ press office said. ``The governor said that `Joe and I agreed to work together in the future, just as we have in the past.‴

The chief executive and his second-in-command, both Republicans, have been sniping for months.

Their dispute publicly flared after a member of Rogers’ staff member sued Owens _ with Rogers’ approval _ to get her paycheck released. She had balked at undergoing a long, detailed criminal background check that Rogers maintained had not been required of all Owens staff members.

Rogers said he and the governor agreed to a ``very much positive relationship,″ which included the eventual withdrawing of his employee’s lawsuit.

``It all will be worked out,″ Rogers said.

Other issues that emerged included a dispute involving a state employee Rogers failed to discipline for driving a state car more than 100 mph before being stopped by a state trooper. Rogers was in the car at the time.

And then there was a flare-up over what kind of state car the lieutenant governor should be allowed. Owens has a sport utility vehicle.

Rogers also had a SUV, but Owens sent it elsewhere and gave Rogers a sedan.

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