State government and state politics have been shaken up as Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann steps down.
Gov. Dave Heineman says he put no pressure on Heidemann to resign after his sister received a protection order against him.
“I did not ask for his resignation,” Heineman tells reporters. “Again, I want to be very clear, Lavon Heidemann is an honorable man. He’s taking the appropriate step; putting his family first, stepping down, and moving forward.”
On Monday, a judge granted a protection order against Heidemann requested by his sister. Heidemann says the two argued over matters concerning their father’s estate and their mother’s medical treatment. Lois Bohling filed a sworn statement accusing her brother of grabbing her wrists and screaming at her.
At first, both the governor’s office and the Ricketts camp greeted the news with silence. Tuesday, that change.
First, Heidemann read a written statement during a news conference with Gov. Heineman, and stepped down as lieutenant governor. Then, he withdrew from the Republican ticket for governor.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts says Heidemann told him it was best for his family and the state that he withdraw.
“Really, that was pretty much it,” Ricketts says. “It was a very difficult situation for the Heidemann family. Lavon’s a friend, so I know this is a tough time for him.”
Ricketts replaced Heidemann on the ticket with state Auditor Mike Foley.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]