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:
He then made a 5th-grade level poem about Kintner, and wrote this:
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).
Here is the whole document:
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.
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…)
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.