It looks like he was the subject of an extortion attempt — that was the result of his bad choices. If it is found that his video chat was done on a state computer…well…that would be an extremely dumb move, just from a purely “official” standpoint.
But readers, those are all “ifs”.
Here, in America, it doesn’t matter if Jane Kleeb and Vince Powers want to hang Kintner immediately from their perches as the party of Bill Clinton and Anthony Weiner. We follow the procedures set out under the law.
But let us talk about “responsibility”.
For some reason, State Senator Bill Krist, Chair of the Legislature’s Executive Committee, and Vince Powers and Jane Kleeb think that Governor Pete Ricketts is in charge of the Unicameral.
Here’s the thing: there are four ways a State Senator can be removed from office:
Voted out on Election Day.
Or be impeached by his or her fellow State Senators.
There is nowhere in the state Constitution that says the Governor has a magic wand over the legislative body to “take care of” issues with the members — even though Bob Krist says that’s what he was hoping would happen.
And not only is Krist a member, he’s the Chairman of the committee that should or could or would address such an issue as Kintner’s.
Sure the NADC is looking at Kintner’s computer to see if it was “misused”.
If Kintner had used his home computer would it make this situation better? We’re not talking about top secret information being at risk (I’m guessing) because of a chat session.
So because we have Separation of Powers, the members of the Unicameral should have been the ones responsible. And, oh by the way, Bob Krist has been sitting on this for…a YEAR? And he thinks the Governor should have done “something”? Was this issue brought up in any of Krist’s committees? Was there an executive session?
Of course, those would have been methods for those who are RESPONSIBLE to take action to do so.
Unless Krist and Powers and Kleeb don’t get their pitchforks out beforehand.
Well, Hillary arrives in Omaha today…and ooh look, there’s Warren Buffett with her!
Don Walton is on his column this morning tooting that “Hillary would never had come if it weren’t for the blue dot!”
So, again, Nebraska changes its laws from every other state in the union (I’ve given up on Maine) so that there’s some TV coverage of the campaign at North High?
Really? And will there be a million people there? Wait, no? So most people will watch it on TV? Like we did the convention in Philly?
No folks, learn it again: The reason Nebraska is not Winner Take All is so that Democrats can have a chance at an EV and the TV stations can make some extra ad money.
But note this as well: Hillary has had speeches for her the last few days that have included, Michael Bloomberg and then Mark Cuban and now Warren Buffett. So they can pump business people who support her.
No one cares about anything else Hillary does in Omaha, except that Warren will be up there with her. And that’s what the newsies will cover.
(And there’s probably a very good argument that she would have done an event with Warren, blue dot or not.)
If it comes down to one electoral vote, feel free to come back and tell me how wrong I was.
Or vice versa.
By the way, there are reports that say Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford will NOT be at the Hillary rally today.
Once again, I’ll believe that when I see it.
There is story after story that one of the reasons Hillary is coming to town is to save Ashford’s seat. Ashford is the Hillary CHAIR in Omaha.
But KMTV reports that Ashford will be “out of town” when Hillary is here!!!
REALLY? TO DO WHAT???
Is he on vacation? Is he donating a kidney?
Because if so, turn the ambulance around and get on the freaking stage with the Presidential nominee of your party!
This is a STRANNNNGE one folks.
Heck, Pete Ricketts’ family is bankrolling the anti-Trump movement, and HE still introduced Trump when he landed in Omaha! Don Bacon was at the Trump rally as well.
If Ashford doesn’t show up when the Democratic nominee for President…whose campaign he CHAIRS…is in HIS district!…. he should be required to wear a chicken suit for the rest of the campaign.
Your move, Colonel Ashford.
Mother Jones is the latest to cover Falls City, Nebraska resident Charles W. Herbster as Donald Trump’s Ag issues Chairman.
They essentially recycle the same issues as Politico (and also leave out that Herbster dropped out of the last Governor’s race because of his wife’s serious medical issues).
But there are a great couple of lines in their article:
On a recent afternoon, I caught up with Herbster by phone on a corn field on his Nebraska farm after calling a number I found on the website of Herbster Angus Farms. I was quite surprised when the man himself answered the phone.
Reporter wants to get ahold of a guy who they keep looking down their noses at as some sort of out-of-touch “kingmaker”.
They find his ACTUAL number on a website.
And he answers his own phone while out in the fields.
The reporter concludes his article…
I pressed him for more policy details, but he politely hustled me off the phone. “I don’t want to be rude, but I’ve got concrete being laid at the farm,” he said.
Sounds like Trump found the right guy.