LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s governor is coming under fire for being driven from Lincoln to Omaha to meet with a university regent about the search for a University of Nebraska president —  a job he has since applied for.

The chairman of the state Democratic Party says the governor shouldn’t have spent a Monday morning in mid-May traveling two hours to meet with the regent to talk about his interest in the job while on the state’s dime and time.

According to an email obtained under the state open records law, Gov. Dave Heineman was driven to Omaha on May 19 at 9 a.m., met with University of Nebraska Regent Howard Hawks at his workplace, Tenaska, and returned to Lincoln at 10:45 a.m.