Nebraska Lt. Gov. resigns amid allegations
September 10th, 2014
Omaha, NE – Less than 24 hours after Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann had a court approved protection order filed against him, he announced his resignation.[audio:http://www.kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/final2.mp3]
In addition to being the current Nebraska Lieutenant Governor, Heidemann was also Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts’ chosen running mate. He also relinquished this role.
In a legal affidavit filed by Heidemann’s sister, Lois Bohling, she alleged that Heidemann grabbed her arms “as hard as he could” while screaming at her to stay away from their mother, during a visit on Aug. 19. Bohling maintains that Heidemann pushed her out a door as their mother begged him to stop.
During a press conference in Lincoln, Heidemann tearfully announced his resignation.
“It has been overwhelming and humbling, all at the same time, to receive so much support and encouragement from people all across this state. It is the people who have worked with me, who know me best, and know my character that realize statements that have made about me, are not who I am. This has been a difficult situation, and after much thought, discussion and prayer, I have decided that for the good of my family, for the Office of Lt. Gov., and for the future of Nebraska, I am resigning today from the Office of Lt. Governor, as well as (withdrawing as) running mate for Pete Ricketts.”
In a press release issued by the former Lieutenant Governor, he called the incident a ‘private, legal family matter’ and he said, “I dispute my sister’s claims.”
Gov. Heineman said Heidemann offered his resignation, he wasn’t asked to resign. He said it was the right thing to do but called it a sad day for Nebraska.
“Lavon Heidemann has been an outstanding public official, both as a state senator and as Lt. Gov.,” Gov. Heineman said. However, circumstances changed yesterday when a judge issued a protection order. As I’ve said many times, as public officials we are held to a higher standard of conduct, and we should be. Lavon is doing what is appropriate by putting his family first and stepping down as Lt. Gov.”
The former Republican Lieutenant Governor is now the second Nebraska Lt. Gov. to resign in the last 19 months. In February 2013 then Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned after word spread he made thousands of calls to women, who were not his wife, using a state issued cell phone. Gov. Heineman said he plans to announce a replacement for Heidemann soon. Meanwhile, Pete Ricketts announced late Tuesday his replacement for Heidemann on the ballot, current Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley.