Nebraska Lt Gov Sheehy resigns from office

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Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy has resigned, effective immediately.

Gov. Dave Heinman announced Sheehy's resignation in a hastily called news conference Saturday morning.

Heineman said the resignation followed disclosures made in a public records request, but declined to discuss what those disclosures were.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Sheehy resigned after it raised questions about improper cellphone calls to four women, none of which were his wife, during the past four years.

Sheehy, a Republican, had been considered the front-runner in the 2014 race for governor and had been endorsed by Heineman. Sheehy has been traveling throughout the state, making speeches and holding public events.

But the governor says he doubts Sheehy will run for the governor's office now. Heineman says he's "deeply disappointed" in Sheehy and "would not support him under the circumstances."

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APPHOTO NENH102: Neb. Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy is seen in a file photo from March 29, 2012 in South Sioux City, Neb. Sheehy resigned on Saturday Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (29 Mar 2012)

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