Another politician bites the dust! Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned Saturday after the Omaha World-Herald reported that he used his state-issued cell phone to place thousands of late night calls to women. The newspaper reported it had uncovered about 2,000 calls to four women, characterized as “long conversations held in the wee hours of the night.” It should be noted that Rick Sheehy is married.

The governor tapped Sheehy, a former mayor of Hastings, in 2005 to serve as his right-hand man in the State Capitol, in the hopes that eventually he’d mount his own bid for governor.

Until now, Sheehy, 53, has been considered the leading candidate to succeed Heineman in 2015.

The governor, asked about Sheehy’s candidacy, said: “I doubt he will continue his campaign for governor, and no, I would not support him under the circumstances.”

“This has happened very, very rapidly,” Heineman said. “On Monday, I will begin to think about who is an appropriate lieutenant governor for the future.” Source

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

Leave a replyComments (10)
  1. The_Ohioan February 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Whatever gets you through the night. You do realize how long and cold nights are in Nebraska at this time of year? Long. Cold.

  2. ordinarysparrow February 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    This is from the link: Note July 2012….Sometimes things get exposed in nasty divorces?

    Timeline of Rick Sheehy’s career

    November 1994: Sheehy is first elected to the City Council in Hastings, Neb., the state’s seventh largest city.

    November 2000: Sheehy, after six years on the City Council, is elected as Hastings’ mayor.

    January 2005: Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman taps Sheehy to be his lieutenant governor.

    December 2011: Sheehy files the necessary paperwork and enters the 2014 Nebraska gubernatorial race.

    July 2012: Sheehy’s wife of 28 years, Colleen Sheehy, files for divorce.

    February 2013: Sheehy resigns his post following a World-Herald investigation of state cell phone records.

  3. zusa1 February 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    They don’t state if these were $3.99/min phone calls.

  4. The_Ohioan February 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm


    Are those better? Still, 2,000 calls, “long conversations”…maybe somebody should do an audit of the Nebraska treasury department.

  5. zusa1 February 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    “Are those better? ”

    I don’t know. People willing to pay $3.99/min must think so. :)

  6. sheknows February 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    LOL…We have tried before. What a twit. My guess is that unless the state had a really,really really good plan we paid a bundle. Then again, he did make those calls after 9 pm and tried to save money. :)

  7. ordinarysparrow February 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Perhaps the State needs to upgrade to unlimited minutes?

  8. ShannonLeee February 3, 2013 at 8:12 am

    How do politicians NOT know that this stuff can be tracked?
    Moral fail
    Brains fail

  9. zusa1 February 3, 2013 at 11:35 am


    Hubris? From WIKI:

    “The proverb “pride goes before a fall” (from the biblical Book of Proverbs, 16:18) is thought to summate the modern use of hubris. It is also referred to as “pride that blinds”, as it often causes one accused of hubris to act in foolish ways that belie common sense. “

  10. ShannonLeee February 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Could be Z, but I bet he didnt know his phone calls on his official phone could be tracked.

    Folks, everything can be tracked.