LINCOLN-At a press conference held by Pete Ricketts yesterday, Ricketts was asked when he knew of the accusations of domestic assault facing his running mate, Lt Gov Lavon Heidemann. He answered, “I think we found out about the fact that he had a court hearing – a couple of weeks ago, at that time I think we hoped that it would be resolved, at least that’s what the Lieutenant Governor expressed to me was that he hoped to get it resolved.”
In court documents presented at the hearing for the domestic violence protection order, the victim stated “I received a letter from Lavon on August 26, 2014. He offered various things but there is no amount of material offers that will lessen my fear of him.”
Heidemann’s attempt to “resolve” the matter failed and on August 27, Ms. Bohling filed a petition and affidavit to obtain a domestic abuse protection order. Ricketts had the knowledge of the accusations of violence and the time to remove Heidemann from his ticket well before the election law deadline, but instead made the deplorable decision to wait for Heidemann to “resolve” the issue.
On Sept 8th, a domestic protection order was granted and made public. Ricketts then chose a new running mate – one week after the Sept 1 deadline to change a name on the November ballot.
John Gale, whose campaigns received thousands of dollars from Ricketts, ignored the law and placed Mike Foley’s name on the ballot. It is hypocritical that Mike Foley, the politician Ricketts has chosen to replace Lavon Heidemann, voted for the bill (LB 768, 2001) that is now our current law that set the September 1st date that the Secretary of State is now choosing to ignore.
Pete Ricketts knew about the allegations of violence facing his running mate weeks before the deadline. He didn’t care about those allegations of violence until they were revealed to the public. Now it’s past the deadline, and he doesn’t care to follow state law.