Antigay Nebraska Republican Urged to Resign over Sex Video of Himself on State Computer

An antigay Nebraska Republican state senator is under pressure to resign over a sexually explicit video of himself that was found on his state-issued computer.


According to the Lincoln Journal-Star, the scandal has prompted the state’s Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts to call for Sen. Bill Kintner (R-Papillon) to resign.

The call comes at the conclusion of a year-long investigation into Kintner’s online activities that began when Kintner himself contacted the Nebraska State Patrol regarding “what he believed to be a potential internet scam that occurred while the senator was in Massachusetts using his state computer,” said a State Patrol spokesman on Friday.

The investigation’s findings have been handed over to ethics watchdog group The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, which is expected to weigh in on the scandal Aug. 5.

Gov. Ricketts said on Friday that he had spoken with Kintner on the phone and urged him to resign “if the allegations were true.”

“Due to the ongoing investigation of this issue, I have been unable to say anything publicly,” the governor said in a statement. “If the allegations are true, Senator Kintner needs to resign.”

Investigators have not disclosed the contents of the video or described it except to say that it is a “sexually explicit video involving Kintner.”

Kintner is married to the governor’s chief policy advisor, Lauren Kintner. He has been outspoken to the point of insensitivity on a number of issues.

Blogger Joe.My.God. reported that Kintner “has loudly opposed same-sex marriage, gay adoption, and transgender rights. He has also publicly declared that Christians should let gays know their business isn’t wanted by providing them with bad service.”

Last year, when arguing on the senate floor against a path to citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, Kintner used the racial slur “wetbacks” to describe Latino immigrants entering the country. A class of fourth graders was taking a tour of the senate chambers at the time.

In June of 2015, Kintner posted a grisly photo of a beheaded woman on his Facebook page as part of a post expressing his support for the death penalty. He later took it down, but said it was only because the post’s comment thread was getting too unruly.

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