Rockefeller: Temporarily Unable to Perform State Duties

JULY 13, 2006 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A spokesman for Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller says Rockefeller has declared himself temporarily unable to perform his duties.

Rockefeller's spokesman Steve Brawner told The Associated Press yesterday that the lieutenant governor's chief of staff told Governor Huckabee that Rockefeller would declare a disability.

Brawner said, "He is not resigning, he is still lieutenant governor, but this is a declaration that he is unable to perform his duties as lieutenant governor."

Brawner said Rockefeller chief of staff Doyle Webb did not indicate when Rockefeller would be able to resume his duties.  Brawner would not comment on Rockefeller's condition or why the disability was declared Sunday.

An anonymous source close to Rockefeller's family has told The Associated Press that the lieutenant governor is in intensive care at a hospital, reportedly UAMS.

Rockefeller suffers from a blood disorder that can lead to leukemia.  He has undergone two bone marrow transplants, but a spokesman says they were unsuccessful.

Both Governor Huckabee and state Senate leader Jim Argue are currently out of state, so House Speaker Bill Stovall is acting governor.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)