Former Legislative Speaker Mike Flood says he considered getting back in the race for governor after his wife’s health improved and had set a deadline for making a decision public.
“In June, I really felt like by the 4th of July I should signal what I was thinking,” Flood tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WJAG. “I waited until the 4th of July. Last week, we talked about it and I just felt like it was something I needed to let people know.”
Flood had announced a run for governor in early November, but withdrew about a month later after Mandi Flood was diagnosed with breast cancer. Flood, a Republican former state senator from Norfolk, served as Speaker of the Legislature from 2007 to 2012.
Flood says he has every reason to believe Mandi is cancer free. Still, he says he wants to be with his wife as she completes her treatment.
“Like anybody that has gone through this and there are so many out there, they know that after the treatments are over, there is a period after that that you just have to be mindful of, because recurrence is something that you think about,” Flood says.
Mandi Flood has undergone chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. She will finish radiation treatment in about two weeks.
Flood says that while he has ruled out a run for governor in 2014, he hasn’t ruled out a return to politics.
“It’s hard to think of something right now, but I enjoyed public service,” Flood says. “I had a great experience serving in the legislature. I enjoy the issues and the work. While I don’t have any plans right now, it’s not something I rule out down the road.”
Flood is 38. He is a lawyer and owns a radio station in Norfolk.
Susan Risinger, WJAG, contributed to this report.