July 23, 2014

Lt. Gov. Sheehy resigns. Gov. Heineman says he broke his trust (AUDIO)

Former Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy

Former Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy

Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy has resigned.

Gov. Dave Heineman announced Sheehy’s resignation during a rare Saturday news conference at the Capitol.

Heineman declined to give details about why Sheehy resigned during the news conference.

“Late yesterday, I became aware of new information regarding the Lt. Governor’s personal decisions and subsequently had a conversation with him,” Heineman stated. “I had trusted him and that trust was broken.”

Heineman said the information came as a shock.

“Got a knot in my stomach; I’m deeply disappointed. He’s done a lot of good things for the state,” Heineman said. “But that trust was broken and he’s resigned.”

Heineman had endorsed Sheehy in the 2014 gubernatorial race as the Republican he chose to succeed him. Heineman said he expects Sheehy to drop out of the governor’s race.

“I doubt he will continue his campaign for governor and, no, I would not support him under the circumstances.”

Heineman said he was very surprised about information that was brought to his attention.

In his letter to the governor, Lt. Gov. Sheehy stated, “I hereby resign the Office of Lieutenant Governor of the State of Nebraska effective immediately. It has been a privilege to serve you and the great people of our State as Lieutenant Governor.”

Sheehy was sworn into office on January 24, 2005. In 2006, he and Gov. Heineman won election to their first full term in office. Both won re-election to a second term in 2010.

Doug Kennedy, KWBE, and Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this report.

AUDIO: Gov. Heineman’s news conference on Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy’s resignation. [14:40]