Nebraska Lt. Gov. resigns over phone call scandal
Omaha, NE, United States (4E) – Nebraska Lt. Governor Rick Sheehey has resigned allegedly for making thousands of inappropriate, late night phone calls to four women in the last four years while still married and using a government-issued mobile phone.
Gov. Dave Heinemann announced Sheehey’s immediate resignation in a press conference Saturday. He said Sheehey, 53, broke the public trust but did not elaborate.
The governor also said he is withdrawing support for Sheehey’s gubernatorial nomination bid next year. Sheehey is the front-running Republican candidate for the governorship of Nebraska.
In his resignation letter to the governor, 1011now.com quoted Sheehy as saying, “It has been a privilege to serve you and the great people of our state.”
Heinemann said Sheehy’s staff will temporarily handle his office while a replacement is sought for the remaining two years of the lieutenant governor’s term.
The resignation came about six months after Sheehey’s wife of 29 years filed a divorce in July. Connie Sheehey cited “irretrievably broken” marriage as ground for the filing.
The scandal was exposed in a recent report by the Omaha World-Herald.