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Governor Heineman begins search for Lt. Governor

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By: Sabrina Ahmed
SAhmed@klkntv.com 

The events unfolded quickly over the weekend.  Four women, thousands of late night phone calls, and Nebraska's second in command stepping down.  From here, the state and republican party both say they must move on.

In an unexpected news conference Saturday morning, Governor Dave Heineman announced his Lieutenant Governor's resignation.

It started with an inquiry about phone records made by the Omaha World Herald.  Those records show Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy had made thousands of late–night phone calls to four women other than his wife at the time, all from his state issued cell phone.

Sheehy and his wife divorced last July.  The state records show the calls have been happening for the last four years.

"As elected officials, we're held to a higher stand, and rightfully so.  he's resigned, I'm now moving forward," the Governor said today.

Heineman said he hopes to fill Sheehy's post within the next several weeks.  His office is currently taking on the tasks of both offices and they want to do that for as short a time as possible.

That shouldn't be too tough.  Many Nebraskans have stepped up to offer their names or others, for Lieutenant Governor or to run for Governor in the next election.

"That's one thing we're very, from the republican standpoint, we're very fortunate. We have a very long and deep bench. Allots of quality candidates, so it'll be a very competitive primary," Nebraska Republican Party Chair Mark Fahleson said.

The Governor said he's looking for someone who will agree not to run in the primary in 2014.

"I'm not trying to give anyone an advantage over another," he said.  "I think the primary on both sides will be very competitive and that will be very good for the people of Nebraska and let them make the choice," Heineman said.

He said it's important to note that, when the legislature is in session, no sitting senator can be appointed to state office.

We've attempted to contact Sheehy multiple times, but were unsuccessful.  He is still technically in the running for Governor.

Heineman says he will not receive a severance and they're looking into whether Sheehy will have to pay for the cell phone bills.

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