Speaker Mike Flood made an emotional announcement this morning during a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda.
“I’m withdrawing as a candidate for governor of Nebraska.”
Flood told reporters he is dropping out for personal reasons.
“On Monday, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Flood said. “And, we got the news and we spent a lot of time talking about it and we have a plan. We have great care. We’ve been receiving great care from at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.”
Flood, 37, said the decision to end his bid for governor was a joint decision between him and his wife, Mandi. Mandi and their two young sons, ages six and three, stood by Flood’s side during a formal announcement about his candidacy early last month in Norfolk. [see previous story] Flood is a Republican, a lawyer and broadcaster from Norfolk.
Flood had been traveling the state since early June, gauging interest in his candidacy.
Flood was first elected to the legislature in 2004. In 2007, colleagues elected Flood Speaker. He won re-election in 2008.
He is a graduate of the Notre Dame and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Law School. Flood runs two radio stations in Norfolk.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]
AUDIO: Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood announces he will drop out of the race for governor. [5 min.]