LINCOLN — Is the state's new lieutenant governor opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline?
Not at all, Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann said Thursday.
His name was conspicuously absent from a letter signed by 22 fellow Republican lieutenant governors urging approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
But Heidemann, who was appointed six weeks ago, said he wasn't asked to sign the letter, which was sent out Thursday by the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association.
“This is the first time I'm aware of it,” he said.
Heidemann added that he likes to read letters before signing them but has been supportive of the controversial crude oil pipeline, which will cross Nebraska.
Heidemann was appointed on Feb. 13 to replace Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, who resigned after it was revealed that he had used a state-owned cellphone to make more than 2,300 calls over the past four years to women other than his wife.
Heidemann said he might have missed out on the pipeline letter because he didn't attend a recent meeting of the states' lieutenant governors.
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