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Bill Kintner

Sen. Bill Kitner resigned from the Nebraska legislature Wednesday morning, shortly before his colleagues were poised to kick him out.

Kinter, a staunch conservative who blundered into a cyber-sex act with an overseas prostitute last summer, while using a state-owned computer, attracted the ire of opponents for his political stands. Finally, even his supporters deserted him because of outlandish behavior.

Gov. Pete Ricketts, along with many senators, urged him to resign last summer after the overseas prostitute tried to blackmail the senator by releasing a video of their act.

But Kinter came clean, admitted what he'd done, and resolved to stay. He said the Legislature needed his support for limited government and fiscal conservatism.

The final straw came Monday, when he tweeted a statement disparaging a couple women at a Women’s Rights rally on Sunday.

Kinter retweeted a photo and statement that the women wouldn’t have to worry about a politician grabbing them by their genitals, as Donald Trump once said he did, implying they are not attractive enough.

The crude joke brought vivid memories of his own sexual escapade, and pushed borderline supporters over the edge.

The speaker of the Legislature, Jim Scheer, said Tuesday he expected Kintner would be impeached frist thing Wednesday morning when the Legislature convened at 9 a.m.

Kintner has scheduled a press conference for 8:15 a.m. to announce his resignation, effective Monday. Meanwhile, he said he would not participate in legislative activities, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Gov. Pete Ricketts said he will move quickly to appoint someone to fill out Kintner's term, of which two years remain.

Kintner represents District 2 on the east edge of Nebraska, between Lincoln and Omaha.

 


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 1/24/2017
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