Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned Saturday after “breaking the public trust,” Gov. Dave Heineman said.
Heineman 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.
“As public officials, we are rightly held to a higher standard,” Heineman said. “I had trusted him, and that trust was broken.”
Sheehy resigned after questions were raised about improper cellphone calls to four women, none of which were his wife, during the past four years. The story was first reported by the Omaha World-Herald.
Records released Saturday by the governor’s office show Sheehy made thousands of late-night phone calls to the women on his state-issued cellphone. Sheehy made some of the calls numerous times a day, with the conversations lasting anywhere from a few minutes to more than an hour, according to the records.
One woman he frequently called, Dr. Theresa Hatcher of Bellevue, told The Associated Press that she and Sheehy had maintained a long-term relationship after they met during a meeting of emergency responders Texas in 2008. Sheehy leads the state’s emergency management efforts, and Hatcher is an emergency room doctor.
“I thought I was the only one,” she said. “Apparently, I was grossly mistaken.”
She added: “Politicians can lie. Doctors don’t lie.”
Hatcher said she last talked to Sheehy about two weeks ago.
Is it wrong that I am really not at all scandalized by this?
I mean this is a conservative Republican who was caught flirting with several women, and NO young boys. To me that is about as moral as I expect any of these people to be.
I guess now we know why his wife filed for divorce last July, now don't we?