Speaker of the Legislature, Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney, took to the floor of the Unicameral to criticize Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion for an op-ed piece he wrote.
Hadley lashed out at Kintner during a speech delivered from the legislative floor.
“I am just getting sick and tired of people in this body bashing this body,” Hadley began.
Hadley took offense at an op-ed piece published by the Plattsmouth Journal in which Kintner compared institutions to monkeys trained not to disrupt the status quo.
“How disrespectful can you be of this body to liken it to a bunch of monkeys?” Hadley asked.
The article used an analogy often called “five wet monkeys,” which weaves a tale of caged monkeys seeking to grab a banana suspended at the top of the cage. When a monkey makes an attempt to get the banana, all five are sprayed with cold water. The monkeys soon learn not to try to grab the banana. The negative re-enforcement continues even though the monkeys are no longer sprayed with water. Even when new monkeys are introduced in the cage, they enforce the no-banana rule.
Kintner has no regrets about the article he wrote.
“Absolutely not, it makes the perfect point,” Kintner tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And the fact that it’s aggravating people, I know I hit the nail on the head. We want this debate: the way we’ve always done things, is that how it has to be or is there maybe a different way, maybe even a better way? Let’s talk about it.”
Is Kintner offended by the Speaker’s criticism?
“Hey, this is a big boy’s game and we do big boy things and if you get offended by someone, you’re probably in the wrong place.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [1 min.]
AUDIO: Speaker Galen Hadley of Kearney criticizes Sen. Bill Kintner during floor speech. [4 min.]
YouTube video of Col. Casey Haskins using the Five Wet Monkeys story: