Former state Sen. Mike Flood says though he has considered rejoining the Republican race for Nebraska governor, he won't because he wants to be near his family as his wife, Mandi, battles breast cancer.
Flood said he doesn't want to be campaigning hundreds of miles from Norfolk if his wife gets discouraging news.
Flood was considered a strong candidate as he had served as Speaker of the Legislature, helping to resolve tough issues. However he withdrew from the race after learning in December that his wife had been diagnosed with cancer.
Flood says his wife's doctors are optimistic now that she has undergone chemotherapy and a double mastectomy.
Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Janssen released a statement following Flood's announcement. He said, "My respect for himas a husband and father is immeasurable, and as I campaign across the state itis clear that Nebraskans everywhere are thinking of Mike and Mandi and prayingfor their health and happiness."
Janssen said in his statement that Flood's withdrawal is significant as he would have proved to be a "very strong competitor in the race." He concluded by saying, "I amfortunate to call Mike Flood a friend, and Ellen and I send our prayers to theFlood Family as they continue on the path to recovery."