Nebraska state Sen. Bill Kintner, who was fined last year for having cybersex on a government computer, abruptly resigned Wednesday after sending a tweet that implied participants at a women’s march were too unattractive to sexually assault.
Kintner announced he would quit about an hour before legislators were to debate whether to expel him over the controversial post, which drew outrage from colleagues and constituents.
"This man has... has no respect for his own wife," said Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, The Associated Press reported.
Kintner, 56, had retweeted a comment Sunday from Los Angeles conservative radio personality Larry Elder, who mocked a photo of women with placards protesting Donald Trump’s comments about grabbing women’s private parts.
“Ladies, I think you’re safe,” the post said.
Nebraska Sen. Kintner says he will resign after retweet suggesting Women's March protesters were too unattractive to be sexually assaulted pic.twitter.com/EQaaXERmTc— BNO News (@BNONews) January 25, 2017
The politician acknowledged last year that he engaged in mutual masturbation with a woman on Skype via a state computer. The woman later tried to blackmail him, The AP reported, but Kintner refused to step down.
His opponents did not have enough votes to expel him at the time.
In 2015, the Nebraska Latino American Commission condemned him for using an ethnic slur during a debate about whether to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.
In Wednesday’s resignation announcement, which he posted to his Facebook page, Kintner invoked Richard Nixon’s infamous "Checkers" speech by writing, "You won’t have Bill Kintner to kick around anymore."
He did not apologize for Sunday’s retweet.
At a press conference in Nebraska Wednesday, he declined to answer questions.
He was elected in 2012.