State Sen. Bill Kintner says he won’t resign, but that won’t end the cybersex scandal case.
Kintner, a Republican from Papillion, says he won’t resign, even though Gov. Pete Ricketts has asked him to.
After the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission released its report and fined Kintner $1,000 for using an official, state-owned laptop computer for personal use, the governor issued a statement:
“In light of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission’s decision, Senator Kintner should resign his office immediately. Period.”
Kintner declines to resign.
“You know, I have a lot of respect for Gov. Ricketts and his opinion, but this is not a political decision,” Kintner tells reporters. “This decision is me being obedient to God.”
Kintner has confessed to using his official laptop to engage in cybersex, outlined in excruciating detailed in the Nebraska State Patrol report released by the Accountability and Disclosure Commission after its meeting on Friday.
Commission Executive Director Frank Daley points out the commission fined Kintner for inappropriate use of the computer, not for why he used it.
The commission is only concerned with the misuse of state equipment. The actual conduct that took place in that Boston hotel room last year falls to the Unicameral to pass judgment.
Speaker of the Legislature, Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney, says the legislature has a range of options.
“Expulsion; I would make the argument that if Sen. Kintner doesn’t resign then I would have to look at expulsion as being part of what we might look at,” Hadley tells reporters.
Hadley says he’s deeply disappointed for the body and says Kintner’s action reflects badly on the Unicameral.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]