Heineman to begin search for new Lt. Gov. today

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says he plans to begin a search today to replace Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, who resigned abruptly following questions into his use of a state cell phone.

Heineman said in a press conference Saturday that he will appoint a new lieutenant governor in the coming weeks.

If something where to happen to Heineman before he picks a new lieutenant, Speaker of the Legislature Greg Adams would ascend to the governor's post.

Sheehy's wife, Connie, filed for a divorce last July after nearly 29 years of marriage. The divorce filing stated that the marriage was "irretrievably broken."

A Bellevue emergency room doctor says she had a long-term relationship with Sheehy.

The Bellevue doctor, Theresa Hatcher, told The Associated Press that she and Sheehy met during a meeting of emergency responders in 2008. Sheehy leads the state's emergency management efforts.

Hatcher says she thought she "was the only one." Records released Saturday by the governor's office show Sheehy made thousands of late-night phone calls to Hatcher and three other women on his state-issued cell phone.

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