State Sen. Bill Kintner’s last day on the job will be January 30th and though he has resigned, he is leaving on a defiant note.
Kintner resigned on Wednesday after coming under fire over a social media controversy last weekend and for using a state owned computer for cybersex last year. Kintner says he is a fighter and his first instinct was to do so, but then decided it was time to call it quits.
Kintner, a conservative Republican, claims he never really loved being a senator. He says going to Lincoln and spending 90 days with a bunch of politicians is tough, especially since he says he considers himself a regular guy who is there to work and not play games.
That part, Kintner says, he will not miss.
“My heart said fight, fight, fight because that is all I know what to do,” Kintner tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KFAB, “But at some point my mind said ‘hold it’. It was time to go. In this business might makes right. If you have the votes you can do anything. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do. I don’t love being a senator and I do it because I’m committed to keeping my word and representing the people out there , the regular guy who don’t have a voice. I think I looked at those votes and said I can be carried out or I can walk out.”
Many people were calling on Kintner to resign and he says that was also disappointing.
“I expected the Democrats to beat the tar out of me. That is what they do, but when I saw those Republicans, those gutless wonders fall in line behind the Democrats, fall in line behind (Sen.) Ernie Chambers, fall in line behind (Sen.) Bob Krist, it was very disheartening,” Kintner says. “It is why people don’t like politics and why people don’t like politicians. I thought if I leave I don’t have to spend time with politicians. That sounds pretty good.”
Kintner says there are several issues he wants to work on before he departs the Legislature. He says there are still constituent issues he is working on. There is also legislation he is working on and wants to make sure it finds a home with a competent senator to complete. He is also in the process of cleaning out his office.