August 20, 2014

Gov. Heineman making no endorsement in race to succeed him, yet (AUDIO)

Gov. Dave Heineman says he hasn’t decided to endorse any of the candidates running for his job, yet.

Heineman, responding to a question during a news conference, says he might make an endorsement closer to the primary election day, May 13th.

“I’ve got a lot of friends in this race, OK. I get asked this question every single day,” Heineman responds. “I am going to watch their campaigns. I am going to watch what they stand for and, at the end of the day, maybe make a decision in late April or early May.”

Six Republicans have filed to succeed Heineman, a Republican who cannot run for re-election due to term limits.

Those Republicans are State Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, State Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha, Attorney General Jon Bruning, State Auditor Mike Foley, Omaha business executive Pete Ricketts, and Omaha businessman Bryan Slone.

Former Center for Rural Affairs Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook of Lyons is the only Democrat in the race.

Libertarian Mark Elworth Junior of Omaha has also filed.

Very early in the race, Heineman made an endorsement that he had to withdraw. Heineman backed the candidacy of his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, to succeed him. Heineman withdrew that endorsement after Sheehy resigned in disgrace.

Sheehy resigned after the Omaha World-Herald raised questions about Sheehy’s improper use of a state-issued cell phone on which the Lt. Governor made late-night calls to several women.

AUDIO:  Gov. Dave Heineman on an endorsement in the race to succeed him. [:15]