Flood Ends Bid for Governor Due to Wife's Cancer Diagnosis
By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood is ending his bid for governor, just weeks after he started campaigning, saying his wife has breast cancer and family comes first.
He held a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday.
"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."
The Republican just completed eight years in the legislature, where he served as speaker.
Response to the announcement came within minutes, as many shared sentiments that the Flood family was in their prayers.
That included Democratic Party leader Vince Powers who tweeted, "All Nebraskans wish the best for Mandi Flood and family. We hope for a speedy recovery. Mandi & Mike Flood are in our thoughts, take care."