Gov. Dave Heineman won’t say much about the turn of events late last week that led a person he appointed to the legislature to withdraw only a few hours later.
Heineman appointed Bellevue businessman Patrick Shannon to replace former Sen. Scott Price, but Shannon withdrew only hours later, stating he couldn’t fulfill the duties of a legislator due to family medical issues.
Heineman declined to discuss what happened when asked by Drive Time Lincoln host Kevin Thomas on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
“Well, I’ll just put it this way, he withdrew and at this stage I’m focused on the future, not the past. And I’m focused on trying to find a good person to be the next state senator from Sarpy County,” Heineman stated.
Heineman said nothing in the Shannon appointment/withdrawal will prompt a change in his appointment process.
“Oh, you know, you’re always looking to try to do the very best job you can, find out as much as you can about candidates, we’ll always continue to do that.”
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.
Shortly after the failed appointment, it came to light that Shannon, who had run unsuccessfully for the seat in 2004, had not paid a $16,000 fine levied by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission for an inappropriate mailing that targeted his opponent.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this story.
AUDIO: Kevin Thomas of KLIN asks Gov. Dave Heineman about the appointment and withdrawl of Patrick Shannon. [1 minute]