Only hours after announcing the appointment of Bellevue businessman Patrick Shannon to the legislature, Gov. Dave Heineman has accepted Shannon’s withdrawal from consideration.
Heineman had announced the appointment of Shannon to the Third District in the Unicameral this morning. This afternoon, the governor’s office released a statement that Shannon had withdrawn from consideration.
Shannon withdrew due to personal, family medical reasons, according to the governor’s office.
In correspondence with the governor, Shannon stated he had just been informed that his father, who lives in Oklahoma, had suffered a heart attack. He said caring for his mother would leave him little time to represent the Third District.
Another factor might have played a role in the quick withdrawal.
Shannon, who is 55, ran unsuccessfully for the office in 2004 and ran afoul of state campaign rules, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
The newspaper reports the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission fined Shannon $16,000 for an anonymous mailing in which Shannon accused his opponent of domestic abuse. Shannon has failed to pay the fine.
Heineman now goes back to square one. His office says he will be considering candidates for the seat. A decision is expected in the near future.
Shannon, 55, is a disabled Air Force veteran and business owner who retired from the Air Force in 1993.
Shannon is a senior partner at a tax and accounting firm. He owns and operates several businesses in Bellevue.
Shannon’s appointment was to become effective on Monday with his swearing in at the Governor’s Hearing Room in the state Capitol.
The seat, which encompasses a portion of Sarpy County, has been vacant since Sen. Scott Price resigned.