Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says he has begun the search for a new Lieutenant Governor. During a news conference Monday afternoon, Heineman told reporters that the state constitution does not allow him to appoint any of the 49 sitting senators in the Unicameral. He also says because the gubernatorial election is just over a year away, he does not intend on placing someone in the position who plans to run for governor in 2014. The Republican says he doesn't want to give someone the edge, and would rather have the voters decide who they want to fill the state's top spot.
Heineman also said it would likely take several weeks to make his decision and announce an appointment for Lieutenant Governor.
Rick Sheehy resigned as Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska on Saturday following inquiries into his use of a state-issued cell phone. Heineman told reporters Saturday that Sheehy had broken his trust, but he declined to elaborate.
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