All ten members of the Unicameral Executive Board will send a letter to Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion, asking him to resign over his cybersex scandal.
Kintner has until Friday to make a decision. If he decides against resignation, the board will consider what disciplinary action to take against Kintner.
The decision came after the second hearing of the Executive Board on the matter, a lengthier meeting which featured a number of testifiers showing support for Kintner. Kintner has confessed to using his state-owned laptop computer to engage in cybersex with a woman during a business trip to Boston last year.
“This says something about our integrity, about our body,” Executive Board chairman Sen. Bob Krist told members of the news media after the hearing at the Capitol. “This is not a witch hunt. This wouldn’t be changed if that person were black, white, purple; it wouldn’t make any difference. This is something that was done and reflects poorly on the legislature.”
A number of conservative groups held a news conference on the steps of the Capitol prior to the Executive Board meeting. They criticized talk of a special session and claimed Kintner was being targeted, because he was a conservative senator.
Still, Krist says the Executive Board stands ready to take action.
“We also discussed sanctions and options for where to go from here should the senator decide not to resign,” Krist said. “And I’m encouraging him that this doesn’t have to go any further than right now. He has 10 of his colleagues asking him, again, for his resignation.”
Frank Daley, Executive Director of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, outlined the steps the commission took before fining Kintner $1,000 for misuse of state property.
“State law generally provides that public resources can be used for government purposes only and I think most of would understand that this was not a government purpose in any way, shape, or form,” Daley told the board.
Daley said the board entered into negotiations with Kintner’s attorney and reached the settlement in early June, prompting Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha to speculate that Kintner sought to delay a resolution until after the legislative session ended.
Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins told board members that for too many of them, this is personal.
“There is a question in my mind as to whether or not Sen. Kintner can in fact receive fair and just action from a committee that is comprised of nine voting members when fully one third of them have in the past voiced personal contempt for him,” Bloomfield stated.
Yet, Sen. Chambers says Kintner has brought this on himself.
“We talk about standards. Wherever the line is drawn, Sen. Kintner crossed that line.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]