Sen. Bill Kintner will be asked by the Unicameral Executive Board to resign over his cybersex scandal. Whether he will or not is up in the air.
All ten members of the Executive Board reached agreement that they would sign a letter asking Kintner to resign. Kintner has confessed to using his official laptop computer to engage in cybersex during a business trip to Boston last year.
The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission has fined Kintner $1,000 for misuse of state property. Now, the Executive Board is considering disciplinary action.
But, before it does, the board will make one more effort to get Kintner to resign his seat. Previously, Speaker Galen Hadley and Gov. Pete Ricketts have asked Kintner to resign. Other senators have stated they have suggested to Kintner that he should step down in wake of his action.
One of the members of the Executive Board, Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln, says the board has taken the appropriate step in sending the letter.
He just doesn’t expect it to have an impact.
“I don’t and I don’t think Sen. Kintner is going to resign,” Coash says.
Speaker Hadley suggested the board send the letter during its meeting at the Capitol on Monday.
Hadley tells Nebraska Radio Network he believes the letter gives Kintner the opportunity to step down and avoid further disciplinary action.
Will he take the opportunity?
“I hope he does, but I don’t know,” Hadley replies.
It seems even Sen. Kintner is unclear what he will do.
Kintner has avoided speaking with the news media since addressing reporters after the Accountability and Disclosure Commission made its decision, but Kintner did agree to speak with Coby Mach, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Mach asked Kintner if he was determined to stay in the legislature.
“Well, I am determined to do the right thing and that means talking with my wife, praying with her, and that’s how we make a decision,” Kintner replied.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]