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Senator Bill Kintner sends letter to board, will not resign

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Posted at 4:25 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 18:37:28-04

Embattled Papillion State Senator Bill Kintner has sent a letter to the executive board saying he will not resign.

The committee gave Kintner a deadline of Friday afternoon to step down or face penalties which could include impeachment.

Sen. Kintner admitted to having a cyber sex with a woman on skype while using his state issued computer.

He says he has apologized to the voters and seeks their forgiveness.

The Office of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts responded to Sen. Kintner's letter saying:

"As the Governor has previously stated, Senator Kintner should resign before the September 8th deadline to let the voters decide."

FULL LETTER:

Dear Members of the Executive Board: I am writing in reply to your August 29, 2016 letter which asked me to resign as a member of the Nebraska Legislature effective today.

As a courtesy, I am writing to let you know that I will not resign. I have carefully considered your request. I have listened to, and understand, your concerns.

I have also listened to the views of the citizens who I represent in my Legislative District — some of whom oppose me but many of whom have contacted me and have asked me to remain in the Legislature.

As I have openly admitted, I committed a sin. I fully cooperated with two state agencies that investigated this matter. I have paid a $1000 fine for my misuse of state equipment.

I have not tried to hide from my sin.

I fully understand the gravity of my action and how it reflects upon the fact that I carry the title and responsibility of a state senator.

I have taken personal responsibility for my action. I have apologized to God, to my wife, to you, and to my constituents.

I do not appreciate those who have portrayed me as stubborn, defiant, or unrepentant. Instead, I have been humbled by my action.

I was elected in 2012 and again in 2014 by the voters of Legislative District 2.

I was elected two times in three years being very clear about my goals and values.

Those who opposed me in both of these elections continue to clamor for my resignation.

They continue to clamor for you to take action against me. I encourage you to honor and respect the decision of the majority voters of Legislative District 2 as you continue to consider this matter.