Sen. Mike Johanns says his thoughts and prayers are with Speaker Mike Flood as Flood’s wife, Mandi, battles breast cancer.
Johanns says he’s saddened by the turn of events that has caused Flood to withdraw from the race for governor. [see earlier story]
“Everybody knows, because I have spoken so publically about this, I am a huge fan of Mike Flood,” Johanns tells reporters during a conference call. “This young man has shown leadership that is something that our state needs and we have benefitted from that leadership enormously over the last eight years.”
Johanns says Flood, a fellow Republican, has demonstrated that he puts his family first in ending his gubernatorial campaign to be there for his wife.
AUDIO: Sen. Mike Johanns reacts to Speaker Flood’s announcement. [2:30]