In astounding news, Nebraska Legislature Speaker Mike Flood has dropped out of the 2014 Nebraska Governor race, announcing that his wife Mandi has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
A statement from the Speaker:
“It has been a true joy to have traveled the State of Nebraska the last six months, and to serve as Speaker of the Unicameral the last six years,” said Flood. “This is a great state, with a bright future. Nebraskans set an example for the rest of the country, we are hard-working, we don’t spend more than we earn, we are good neighbors, and we take care of our families,” said Flood. “Now it’s time for me to take care of my family. This week my wife Mandi was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am going home to Norfolk to take care of her and our boys Brenden and Blake.
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I have had here in the legislature to move our state forward, and for the opportunity to get to know so many Nebraskans in communities across the state. I am hopeful for the future of our state but I am committed first and foremost to my wife and sons.”
Flood was one of the leading GOP candidates for the office and was seen to be in a likely high-dollar battle with Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy.
Anything can happen in this race now, and we will likely see more candidates enter.
That being said, we send our thoughts and prayers to Mandi and Mike Flood and their entire family for a hopeful speedy recovery.