Following a restraining order issued against Nebraska’s Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann, the GOP gubernatorial candidate announced his resignation from both the race and the office.
Heidemann issued a brief, minute-long statement in which he told the audience that “I wish you well,” that he was “forever thankful for the people of this state who have faithfully supported me” and that “I love this state.”
He must love it more than his sister, since that’s who issued the restraining order against him.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Lois Bohling claimed her 55-year-old brother had become increasingly violent during a series of arguments about who would care for their elderly mother, in addition to taking over the family farm. Bohling added that she was in the process of leaving her mother’s house, but stopped to tell her brother that she’d picked up some of the new medications their mother needed.
“That’s all the further I got before I saw him coming at me,” she said. Heidemann grabbed her wrists, Bohling said, and forcibly pushed her out a door of the home, screaming, “You are to stay away from her.”
The sister said she ran from the house, drove away and was afraid to return to her mother’s home.
“When he laid hands on me and forced me out the door, it became physical and now I am not just afraid but terrified of him,” Bohling said in her written request for the protection order.
Heidemann publicly disputes Bohling’s claim’s, however, but nevertheless agreed to step down from “the office of lieutenant governor and for the future of Nebraska.”
How noble of him. Republican candidate Pete Ricketts hasn’t named a replacement yet, but state law puts him in an interesting position: He can’t remove Heidemann’s name from the ballot, so whoever he gets to run with him, the ticket will still have Heidemann’s name on it.
Watch the report on Heidemann’s resignation.
h/t Media Matters