Silence as Chambers makes fun of cancer victim

Last Friday in the Nebraska Legislature’s Executive Committee, state Senator Ernie Chambers railed about state Senator Bill Kintner’s online sex, saying,”Wherever the line is, Sen. Kintner crossed it.

Yesterday, Chambers sent out a document to his colleagues in the Unicameral, with a blotted out face of Lauren Kintner, Senator Kintner’s wife, who works for Governor Ricketts, who currently has Stage 4 cancer:

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He then made a 5th-grade level poem about Kintner, and wrote this:

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To Senators who were nodding along as Chambers completed his diatribe:
Does THAT cross a line?

Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley said last week:

Kintner’s behavior gives the Legislature a black eye and puts his fellow senators in a very difficult position.

“I think it reflects badly on the Legislature,” he said.

Speaker Hadley, what does making fun of a woman with cancer do to the Legislature?

Does it “reflect badly on the Legislature” when your colleague asks whether a member of the Governor’s staff, undergoing chemotherapy, is satisfying her husband?

Is this funny?
Is this part of the legislative give and take?
Is this par for the course?
Is using state property to poke fun at cancer victims just hunky-dory with you and your fellow Senators?

It has now been going on 24 hours since Chambers sent this out.

And yet crickets from the Speaker.
Crickets from the Executive Board.
Crickets from the Omaha World-Herald.
Crickets from the Lincoln Journal-Star (save a few tweets from one reporter).

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Here is the whole document:

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Note that the state Senator who is calling others “scumbags,” just got done making fun of a woman with cancer, to further his political goals.

 

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And just to stem any confusion, here is what was posted on Leavenworth St. about Kintner, back on August 8, 2016:

First, and foremost, [Kintner] put himself and his fellow legislators and others in state government at risk from an extortion attempt. Yes he resisted and immediately got the authorities involved. But it was a grossly negligent risk that he took in the first place.

That alone has the possibility of putting him at risk of the body kicking him out.

Then there’s the question of him not stepping up months ago to address this — instead of it dragging out with the NADC and the rumors swirling at the end. He knew 100% of it. There was no “investigation”. There was no “due process” problem. He should have stepped up. Did he, like Governor Ricketts think this was just going to go away?

And now if he does not resign at this point, he will be forcing his colleagues and others to defend him on an ugly issue.

So, yes, it is indeed possible to fault both Kintner AND Chambers.

(Which is amazing that it even needs to be said…)

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And so…

Does Chambers get to say whatever he wants, whenever he wants, about anything he wants, about anyone he wants, without ANY repercussions?

Hell, Kintner made an analogy about always doing the same thing over and over. And when it comes to Chambers, it looks like his point could not have been more prescient. But Kintner’s analogy nearly caused the capitol dome to come flying off with the anger from the Unicameral.

But making fun of Lauren Kintner on official State of Nebraska stationery?
Oh, apparently that’s cool.

Got it.

55 comments

  1. Bluejay says:

    In attacking cancer patient Lauren Kitner, Ernie Chambers crossed Obama’s red line. In other words nothing will happen to Ernie because he is BLACK. He is immune from criticism due to his race; just like Obama.

  2. Fly on the wall at the capitol says:

    Why is it that everyone knew of Lauren Kintner having cancer during the 2015 legislative session BEFORE Bill supposedly found out after the Skype fiasco? If you want to bring up stage 4 cancer in this debate let’s talk about why Bill was masturbating online with a woman while he knew his wife was very sick.

    • bynd says:

      Fly poop on the wall,

      So you accept that Kintner set the standard and all the other senators can now feel safe reaching it. Also meaning there is no reason to proceed against Kintner since the legislature has accepted the standard.

      And where did it say that the legislature knew of Kintner’s wife before he did?

  3. Bluejay says:

    And my first post is directed at fellow Prep alum Bob Krist.

    Bob, call out Ernie. His behavior is morally WRONG. Fr. Michalski and Br. Wilmot taught you right from wrong.

  4. Julie Schmit-Albin says:

    Senator Chambers has no problem attacking women especially when they don’t agree with him politically. Sweeper already wrote about the time he attacked a female attorney in the AG’s office and said vile, derogatory things about her. Once again, no repercussions for him. To attack Senator Kintner’s wife in this manner shows what a bully and hypocrite he is. It also shows that the double standard continues when it comes to Senator Chambers. Everything Senator Hadley said above can be applied to him, but it isn’t and it won’t. There is no reason for the Legislature to continually look the other way and claim Senator Chambers is protected under their immunity clause regarding speech.

    • Julie Schmit Albin is a Criminal says:

      Julie, how’s your old buddy Gary Lacey doing? What was it he charged you with? Wiretapping? Theft? I can’t remember, tell us about the incident involving you accepting stolen data from the disgruntled Planned Parenthood staffer.

      • Ricky says:

        Never heard that one before. Would not surprise me though. However, JSA has failed miserably in getting anti-women laws passed in the Unicam. And one of her biggest allies just got caught with his pants down. Nobody give JSA and her group any more money what do they do with it?
        ricky

      • Anonymous says:

        Not all women agree with your “anti-women” assertion, Ricky. Since Julie is actually a woman and you are not, I think I’ll put a woman’s voice before yours – even if you’re Caitlyn.

      • Julie Schmit Albin is a Criminal says:

        Ricky – just google “Nebraska woman is charged with former Planned Parenthood worker in interception of e-mails, voicemails. December 22, 2002|From Associated Press.” and the LA Times article should come right up.

      • Julie Schmit-Albin says:

        Wrong, “Kill The Messenger”, as usual. Your lies won’t stop me from commenting. Carry on.

  5. Ricky says:

    Wasn’t it the rightys who brought up Ms Kinter in an effort to gain sympathy for Krazy Kintner?
    Mr Ricketts kept it secret for a year then when it had to come out he said oh but look at the sad wife.
    Ms Kitner was brought into the episode for political purposes and to gain sympathy.
    The Great Ernie Chambers is within his rights to comment on something the rightys brought up.

    ricky

    • bynd says:

      The world according to Ricky the classless rube. Keep posting Ricky. More votes for the Republicans. Ernie is great only to degenerates and those who like the young black men to kill each other off and that black Americans abort themselves into oblivion. That would be you. Why do you hate blacks so much?

  6. Sparkles says:

    Few have spoken out because it is certain Ernie didn’t intend this as an attack on Mrs. Kintner.
    Nonetheless, it’s undeniable Ernie’s actions are beyond the pale and unbefitting the office.

    Then again – as others have noted – Ernie is blackedy black black, like Obama and the hooves of the devil – so he’s immune to prosecution.
    Just think if he were a white man, like, oh I don’t know – DONALD TRUMP or NEWT GINGRICH or TED CRUZ or CHRIS CHRISTIE or MIKE HUCKABEE or PAUL LePAGE or FRANKLIN GRAHAM or RUSH LIMBAUGH – and said something offensive! Why surely he’d be banished from the party, publicly ostracized or maybe even imprisoned for his remarks. Surely no one would be so foolish as to grant him a position of respect or authoritah!!

  7. Bluejay says:

    Please remind what Mrs. Kitner did to deserve to be mocked in public? If she was black I’m sure Ernie would be quite about her.

    • Sparkles says:

      Better question –
      What did Mrs. Kintner do to deserve the daily public humiliation of her husbands feeble minded, inexcusable act of firing up a web cam before dropping his pants to Pat the Robertson at the request of a random young lady on the internet chatting him up in her best broken english?

      Do you really think Ernie’s thoughtless little slight is what keeps her awake at night, or that compels her to avoid coworkers on occasion because there are simply moments when the lingering indignity can be overwhelming?

      • bynd says:

        One was here choice to make. The other, as GH put it, is the work of a nasty asshole. But then, I’m sure you have never ever embarrassed your significant other either. Being the perfect person you are.

        And I would assume that she is more than tired of the moral majority keeping the whole thing alive. Especially since many of you seem to be pervertedly obsessed with the whole thing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Chambers will plead he didn’t know about Kintner’s wife having cancer. Kintner however cannot plead that Kintner didn’t know about Kintner’s cancerous wife when Kintner was having online sex with a woman who blackmailed him. Good luck trying to shame Ernie and the unicameral into caring about Kintner’s sick wife when Kintner didn’t.

  9. Oppression under the color of office says:

    Chambers threatened to bring her into it before this. He planned, announced, then carried out the attack on her on state letterhead. He violated state statue. His immunity evaporated.

  10. Oppression under the color of office says:

    (1) Any public servant or peace officer who, by color of or in the execution of his office, shall designedly, willfully, or corruptly injure, deceive, harm, or oppress any person, or shall attempt to injure, deceive, harm, or oppress any person, commits oppression under color of office, and shall be answerable to the party so injured, deceived, or harmed or oppressed in treble damages.

    (2) Oppression under color of office is a Class II misdemeanor.

  11. Bottom Line says:

    Like it or not, Bill Kintner is the one who dragged his wife out on a public platform and subjected her to ridicule. Kintner could have quietly resigned a year ago using his wife’s medical condition as the reason. Instead, he conspired with the governor to keep his little problem a secret from the public. When the news broke he promptly propped his ailing wife up to use as a shield. Kintner is a low life coward!!!

    If Kintner had any regard or respect for his wife he would have resigned a long time ago. So far, the press seems to have exercised restraint and resisted the temptation to get Mrs. Kintner’s views on the situation on record. All we have to go on is Kintners proclamation that the Mrs. has forgiven him and is supportive of his decisions.

    Kintner knew what to expect from Ernie Chambers when he refused to resign. So did Mrs. Kintner. They seem to be willing to pay the price for Kintner,s refusal to resign. Attacking Chambers for being Chambers is just going to make the price get higher. If the Kintners are OK with it then Street Sweeper and the rest should just let the situation go. Making an issue of it just drives up the final cost.

    • Anonymous says:

      Okay Bottom Line (Capitol Insider): you excuse Ernie’s ridiculous behavoir because that’s what the Unicam does. “Attacking Chambers for being Chambers is just going to make the price get higher.” What “price”? That he won’t deal on certain bills? That he will threaten to hold the entire Session hostage? And that is what is wrong. The “Ernie being Ernie” attitude prevalent inside the State Capitol never holds Ernie accountable for anything. Thus he gets away with everything and he knows it. He knows the Legislature will never stand up to him and he’s laughing about it all the time.

      • Sparkles says:

        “he won’t deal on certain bills? That he will threaten to hold the entire Session hostage? And that is what is wrong. The “Ernie being Ernie” attitude prevalent inside the State Capitol never holds Ernie accountable for anything.”

        But wait, I’m confused. You should be celebrating!
        The refusal to compromise and the deliberate obstruction of government is EXACTLY what you folks have APPLAUDED FOR EIGHT YEARS!
        In fact, you demand obstruction from your elected officials.
        It is only when the intransigent, childlike, tea-addled GOP – after much stomping of the feet, gnashing of the teeth and incessant whining – is forced to pass a bill keeping the lights on, the fighter jets fueled and the SS checks rolling, that you then light your pitchforks and threaten to hold Republicans ‘accountable’ for allowing this most minimal possible act of governance to occur!

        WAKE UP – smell your demented ideology burning.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles really? All they have obstructed is the weak, ineffective and impotent DEMS in DC. Since technically the legislature is nonpartisan, there are no “other” parties to obstruce. However, if obstructionism is such a personal issue with you, take some Dulcolax.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Surely some senators knew about this before the reveal, where is the investigation into the blackmail part of this. Could it be a set up that reeled stupid Kitner in? Seems the legislature’s cross this line, cross this line is as perverted as the pervert, they knew Ernie would go to the gutter, as this is a personal for him. The whole matter is sick. Collegial and non-partisan, more like high school.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yet Ernie keeps getting elected. He and his constituents – Americans all, Nebraskans all – have not stopped raising their middle fingers to the rest of the state within the Unicameral. All without the slightest bit of curiosity from the rest of Nebraska as to what our fellow citizens might be on about. Gee, why is that?

      • bynd says:

        All curiosity has gotten from North East Omaha is, you folks are white and therefore you can’t understand, but it is your fault anyway. Been there done that. And though not true of the vast majority up there, it is the attitude of those who run the neighborhoods. Why do you think the upwardly mobile young residents up there move to Atlanta or Dallas? Vibrant African American communities that are a lot nicer places to live than North East Omaha.

        Efforts have been made numerous times especially by the faith-based to help our “fellow” Christians. What the attitudes are up there, life is about power and fear. The rest of us, life is about guilt and innocence. Nothing changes on a community level until that belief system is changed.

        Ernie gets re-elected because he projects power and they believe that whites fear him. His accomplishments are not the issue up there.

      • Anonymous says:

        ““fellow” Christians” – last time I checked, loving one’s enemies (real or perceived) is the height of Christian discipleship. I’d lose the quotes if I were you, bynd. They are indeed our fellow Christians, yours and mine. Let’s act like it even if others don’t.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Forget when it was brought up or by whom, it was disrespectful to the woman who has cancer. Give it a rest. Shame on those who sit silent and do orsay nothing.

  14. lARRY says:

    i ATTENDED LAST WEEKS HEARING. ERNIE DOMINATED -LECTURED US ALL ON THE CONSTITUTION, AND HOW KINTNER’S USE OF THE STATE COMPUTER IS CAUSE FOR HIS REMOVAL BY ???, OR SPECIAL SESSION ($75,000),…THEN WE HAD TO LISTEN TO THE SEXUAL DETAILS,…i DID TESTIFY AND REMARKED TO ERNIE THAT i TOO KNEW SOMETHING OF THE CONSTITUTION, AND THAT THE (OR) PROVISION OF ARTICLE V, ALLOWS THE STATES THEMSELVES TO PETITION FOR A (NOT A “CON-CONV) ” CONVENTION OF THE STATES. THIS ALLOWS INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS AND STATES TO BAND TOGETHER, FREE OF CONTROL BY CONGRESS…(OTHER THAN SETTING TIME AND DATE), TO PETITION THRU THE STATE LEGISLATURES, TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND HOPEFULLY -THRU THEIR OWN LOCAL AND STATE CONVENTIONS, TAKE BACK THE POWERS (USURPED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND UN-ELECTED LOBBYISTS AND AGENCIES) -THRU “OUR” AMENDMENT(S).
    THIS WOULD ALSO HELP CITIZENS TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO POLITICIANS AT ALL LEVELS THAT “WE THE PEOPLE” ELECTED THEM AND THEY DO NOT OWN THE CONSITUTION, THE FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, OR THE LAWS!

    i EXPRESSED TO “EARNIE ” THAT HE NEEDS TO RESTUDY AND LEARN ABOUT THE “OR” OF ARTICLE V! AND, THAT HE ALSO HAS
    MIS-USED THE TAXPAYERS MONEY AND STATE RESOURCES BY DOMINATING THAT HEARING, CONSTANT FILIBUSTERING, SHUTTING DOWN IMPORTANT WORK,…THEREFORE HE AND THE OTHER MEMBERS PRESENT (SITTING LIKE BUMPS ON A LOG, AND OFFERING NO REBUTTALS OR ASKING HIM TO STOP ALL THIS, SHOULD ALL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THAT WASTE / MISUSE, AND IF THEY INSIST ON CALLING A SPECIAL SESSION FOR THAT PURPOSE THEY SHOULD STAY IN SESSION AND COMPLETE THE UNFINISHED WORK FROM LAST SESSION. BUT TO DO SO IS GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT OR RECALL OF ALL!

    THERE WAS A NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE FRONT STEPS OF THE CAPITAL. BUT OF COURSE NEITHER IT NOR THE EXECUTIVE? COMMITTEE HEARING GOT MUCH PRESS COVERAGE! (I WONDER WHY?0

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