This ridiculous State Senator doesn’t even know how to resign intelligently. Kintner, who has represented southeastern Nebraska’s District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature since 2012, found a way to leave office almost as embarrassingly as the way he occupied it, which is impressive.
Where do Republicans find these people, and why does anyone vote for them?
In June of 2015, Kintner attacked the Nebraska Legislature’s attempted repeal of the death penalty by posting graphic photos of a beheaded woman on his Facebook account. Let me tell you, this is one classy guy. His constituents didn’t discover quite how classy, however, until later in 2015. Then it was revealed that Kintner and a woman he met on Facebook had engaged in cyber-sex over Skype a year earlier, while the Senator was in a Massachusetts hotel. (This detail kept him from being indicted in Nebraska.) The episode constituted a misuse of a state-owned computer, but there were other problems with it, including the fact that Kintner and a woman engaged in cyber-sex (don’t make me explain it to you) over Skype, which makes what Anthony Weiner does look restrained.
Immediately after the session, the woman tried to blackmail Kintner, threatening to post the video to YouTube and share it with Kintner’s colleagues, including the governor. She reportedly has connections to an Ivory Coast crime syndicate, and demanded $4,500 from Kintner. Later, she contacted another State senator, offering to sell the video. That senator’s response was apparently, “No thanks, and by the way, ICK.”
Kintner rejected calls for his resignation from the legislature following the incident, after paying a $1,000 fine for misuse of public resources as part of a settlement with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. “I fully understand the gravity of my action and how it reflects upon the fact that I carry the title and responsibility of a state senator. I have taken personal responsibility for my action. I have apologized to God, to my wife, to you and to my constituents,” he wrote in a letter to his fellow lawmakers. At least part of that apology seems less than sincere, however. When demands for his resignation or impeachment continued, Kintner asked, “What standard are all 49 senators held to that I violated and embarrassed this institution? I would love to know.”
If we really have to explain that to you, Senator, it’s not worth our time.
Then, suddenly, Kintner resigned yesterday. Not over his Skyped masturbation, mind you; no, he resigned because the criticism he received for giving a sexist tweet his endorsement by re-tweeting it was just too, too unfair. The re-tweeted tweet, by talk-show host Larry Elder, mocked demonstrators at last weekend’s women’s march by suggesting that they weren’t attractive enough to be sexually assaulted.
This sparked new calls for Kintner’s resignation, so Kintner quit, not in shame, but in disgust.
He began by saying “You won’t have Bill Kintner to kick around anymore.” Imagine: Kintner intentionally invoked this infamous Richard Nixon quote, which everyone thought ended his career in 1962 and is one of the most petty, self-pitying and petulant statements ever made by a national political figure. This is like a politician starting a press conference by saying, “I did not have sex with that woman!”
What an idiot.
Later, in an interview following his resignation, Kintner said in part,
“I certainly have regrets. A lot of things I can do better. A lot of things I can say better. And that’s life….Everything you say can and will be used against you, and every time you make a mistake they’re going to beat the living tar out of you. They’re going to pick you up and whack you on the head. They’re going to take it for all the political gain they can get. It’s a blood sport game and that’s why people don’t like politics.”
No, Bill people don’t like politics because there are too many slime-balls like you involved in it, and they embarrass their constituents, party and government while blaming everybody else.
This is a wonderful example of someone doing the right thing for the wrong reason, and in so doing, proving why it’s the right thing. If Kintner really believed that he is being unfairly maligned, he had a duty to keep serving the district that elected him, and to finish the job they elected him to do. “Politics ain’t beanbag,” and putting up with partisan attacks is part of the profession. In mild defense of Kintner, his female colleagues who claimed that Elder’s tweet threatened the safety of women were unfair at best and hysterical at worst. It was a tasteless joke that elected officials shouldn’t be associated with, that’s all. No elected official should have to resign over a joke like that; an apology should be sufficient. Elected officials should have to resign when they set themselves up for blackmail by masturbating over Skype using a state-owned computer.
Never mind, though: Kintner’s judgment and values are so skewed and juvenile that it’s too much to expect consistency or a sense of proportion from him. He’s quitting because he thinks he’s too good for politics, and everyone is mean to him.
The main thing is, he’s gone, and that’s good for Nebraska.