Ne­braska of­fi­cial abruptly re­signs

Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy quits af­ter re­ports of im­proper calls to women

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION - BY ALISSA SKELTON AND GRANT SCHULTE — As­so­ci­ated Press

lin­coln, neb. — Ne­braska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy re­signed Satur­day af­ter “break­ing the pub­lic trust,” Gov. Dave Heine­man said.

Heine­man (R) an­nounced Sheehy’s res­ig­na­tion in a hastily called news con­fer­ence Satur­day morn­ing. Heine­man said the res­ig­na­tion fol­lowed dis­clo­sures made in a pub­lic records re­quest but de­clined to dis­cuss what those dis­clo­sures were.

“As pub­lic of­fi­cials, we are rightly held to a higher stan­dard,” Heine­man said. “I had trusted him, and that trust was bro­ken.”

The Omaha World-Her­ald re­ported that Sheehy re­signed af­ter it raised ques­tions about im­proper cell­phone calls to four women, none of whom were his wife, dur­ing the past four years. The World-Her­ald said Satur­day it dis­cov­ered that Sheehy made thou­sands of late-night calls to the women on his state-is­sued cell­phone.

Sheehy, a Repub­li­can, had been con­sid­ered the fron­trun­ner in the 2014 gu­ber­na­to­rial race and had been en­dorsed by Heine­man. Sheehy has been trav­el­ing through­out the state, mak­ing speeches and hold­ing pub­lic events.

Sheehy was the mayor of Hast­ings be­fore Heine­man se­lected him as his run­ning mate. They were elected by a record mar­gin to their first full term in 2006 and re­elected in 2010.

Last July, Sheehy’s wife, Con­nie Sheehy, filed for di­vorce af­ter nearly 29 years of mar­riage. Her di­vorce fil­ing stated the “mar­riage of the par­ties is ir­re­triev­ably bro­ken.”

Asked for his re­ac­tion Satur­day, Heine­man said: “I’ve got a knot in my stom­ach. I’m deeply dis­ap­pointed.”

Heine­man said he doubted Sheehy would run for the gov­er­nor’s of­fice now.

“And no, I would not sup­port him un­der the cir­cum­stances,” Heine­man said.

Sheehy did not ap­pear at the news con­fer­ence, and his stateis­sued cell­phone was dis­con­nected Satur­day morn­ing. A phone call to Sheehy’s of­fice went unan­swered, and a mes­sage was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Heine­man said he will be­gin the process Mon­day of look­ing for a new lieu­tenant gov­er­nor and will ap­point some­one in the coming weeks.

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