Democrat Chuck Hassebrook asserts the resignation of Lavon Heidemann as lieutenant governor and as Republican Pete Ricketts’ running mate should weigh on voters’ minds when they go to the polls in November.
Heidemann resigned from office and withdrew from the Republican gubernatorial campaign after his sister received a protection order against him following a family dispute.
Republican candidate for governor, Pete Ricketts, replaced Heidemann with state Auditor Mike Foley.
Hassebrook, the Democratic candidate for governor, says the Heidemann resignation adds to what he sees as a disturbing pattern in state government.
“It’s the second lieutenant governor to resign in as many years,” Hassebrook points out during an interview with Nebraska Radio Network. “We’ve had a failure at Health and Human Services to protect the most vulnerable Nebraskans and a profound disregard for public safety and the letter of the law at the department of corrections.”
Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy was asked to step down after cell phone records emerged disclosing that he had had numerous phone calls with women, none of whom were his wife.
The Department of Health and Human Services has come under fire for mismanagement of federal funds and other problems. The Department of Correctional Services miscalculated the prison sentences of hundreds of inmates.
Hassebrook says all of that reflects a disintegration of integrity in state government.
“And I think it’s a critical time for us to elect a governor who will restore integrity; who will take responsibility.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]