Nebraska Watchdog has learned that the early frontrunner in the race, 52-year-old Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy, is being divorced.
Sheehy’s wife filed for divorce in Adams County District Court in Hastings Wednesday.
According to court records examined by Nebraska Watchdog, Connie Sheehy says the couple’s marriage of 28 years—they have two older children— is “irretrievably broken.” Sources tell Nebraska Watchdog, Sheehy is no longer living at the couple’s home in Hastings.
Sheehy’s wife is asking the court to “grant an equitable division” of the couple’s property and order the Lt. Governor, who also serves as the state’s director of homeland security, to pay all attorney fees and legal expenses.
Sheehy, the former mayor of Hastings, was appointed Lt. Governor by Governor Dave Heineman in 2005.
The Republican Party’s Heineman-Sheehy ticket was elected to its first full term in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.
A year ago Sheehy announced he was running for governor in 2014. Heineman, who is term limited and unable to run again, immediately threw his support behind Sheehy.
So far the only other major name in the GOP governor sweepstakes is Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood. Flood isn’t running yet but is considering it.
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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