Update 12:45 pm 2/2/13
Nebraska Lieutenant Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned today after a newspaper made a public record request involving his relationships with several women.
Gov. Dave Heineman said Sheehy submitted his resignation this morning and he had accepted it.
“Late yesterday, I became aware of new information regarding the Lt. Gov’s personal decisions, and subsequently had a conversation with him,” Heineman said.
“I had trusted him, and that trust was broken.”
Sheehy’s wife of 28 years filed for divorce last July. The Omaha World Herald requested his phone records dating back to 2009. The newspaper said it discovered he made thousands of late night telephone calls to four women on his state-issued cell phone.
Nebraska Chief Information Officer Brenda Decker told NET News the lieutenant governor had a flat rate plan, so those calls did not cost the state any additional money.
Heineman spokeswoman Jen Rae Hien said while state employees are allowed to make personal calls on state issued phones, the records would be reviewed and Sheehy could be asked for reimbursement. Landline calls can incur per minute long distance charges, Decker said.
As lieutenant governor, Sheehy sometimes presided over the Legislature, and made numerous appearances at events around the state. He also declared that he would run for the Republican nomination for Governor next year.
Heineman endorsed Sheehy when he made that announcement, but said today he does not expect him to run, and would not support him under the circumstances.