Gov. Dave Heineman says his administration is ready to help with the transition of a new governor, whoever that might be.
Heineman says he wants Nebraska to experience the best transition the state has ever had.
Heineman, ten years on the job, says his experience in state government, including as Lt. Governor, prepared him for the position, something neither Republican Pete Ricketts nor Democrat Chuck Hassebrook have.
“Both these individuals are going to come in without that experience and they’re going to find out it’s a big challenge,” Heineman tells reporters. “And there’s a lot to this job.”
Heineman served as a Congressional staff member, as state Treasurer, and finally as Lt. Governor under Gov. Mike Johanns. He became governor when Johanns left the office to become the Secretary of Agriculture under President George W. Bush.
He has served a total of ten years on the job, leaving due to term limits.
Heineman says reality will hit all at once for the person elected governor.
“You go from one day your governor-elect, the next day it’s fully your responsibility for the entire operation of state government,” says Heineman.
Heineman says he will prepare budget documents for his successor, but the budget and the State of the State address to the Unicameral will be the responsibility of the new governor.
“If they thought the campaign was busy, it’s nothing compared to what’s going to happen on November 5th all the way to January 8th.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [1 min.]