Pressure is mounting in the Unicameral for Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion to resign.
Kintner, who survived a cybersex scandal last year, has revived calls for his resignation by retweeting a Tweet that mocked participants in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
In a short statement released by his office, Kintner said he understands the concern of his colleagues to the retweet, but stated, “I have made no decision as to my future plans as a senator.”
Legislative Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk told colleagues Tuesday morning the latest indiscretion of Kintner cannot be ignored.
“I do believe Sen. Kintner should resign,” Scheer said during legislative floor debate. “I do believe that he has lost the respect of the body, the respect probably of his constituents, and the respect of the state.”
Scheer said he would allow the Unicameral to debate the fate of Kintner tomorrow morning.
Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln told legislators he was drafting a resolution aimed at the removal of Kintner from the Unicameral. Morfeld grew emotional as he discussed the issue.
“Sen. Kintner should resign,” Morfeld said, choking back his emotions. “Because it’s people like me and my family who have been through that that have to relive it. Resign, because I will spend the rest of this session bringing him to account. And if that is all we do, it will happen.”
Even conservative senators who had pointed out Kintner had confessed to using his official laptop computer to engage in cybersex during a business trip to Boston in 2015 and paid a penalty now call on him to step down.
The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission fined Kintner $1,000 for misuse of state property. The Executive Board of the Unicameral called on him to resign. Kintner paid the fine, but refused to resign.
Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft told colleagues she had urged Kintner to resign during private discussions with him after the cybersex scandal came to light. She said she had declined to address questions from reporters at that time.
“I am going to publicly (call for his resignation) again this time, media, I am hoping that he is resigning,” Brasch said.
Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion stated Kintner should no longer serve in the Unicameral.
“I know many believe that Sen. Kintner’s conservative voice is the reason that he is being attacked or attempted to be moved out of office and that is not the case. The case is because of his behavior and his comments,” according to Smith.
Smith said Kintner is undermining the conservative causes he champions by refusing to resign.
AUDIO: A portion of the legislative debate in which several senators called for Sen. Kintner to resign. [1 hour]