Kintner responds after senators call for resignation, will hold press conference Wednesday

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LINCOLN, Neb.- At the State Capitol, state senators are calling on Senator Bill Kintner to resign.

Kintner is facing criticism for a suggestive retweet following the Women’s March on Saturday.

Kintner released the following statement:

“I understand my colleagues’ concern about the retweet I sent this weekend.  I am very troubled by the liberal activist campaign that is using my mistake on the tweet to escalate calls for my resignation. Let’s be clear: If Ernie Chambers didn’t have me to beat up, he would be taking up floor time on some other issue. It has been clear that Chambers’ agenda has been to remove me from office since last summer. He has made it obvious that he will use any means, including lies and cheap shots at my wife and myself. I have made no decision as to my future plans as a senator.”

Kintner retweeted Los Angeles talk show host Larry Elder, who mocked three women pictured with signs protesting Donald Trump's comments about touching women inappropriately. Above the photo, Elder wrote: "Ladies, I think you're safe."

Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer says senators are drafting a resolution to expel Kintner.

Kintner admitted last year to having cybersex on a state computer with a woman who later tried to blackmail him, but refused to resign. His opponents didn't have enough votes to expel him.

“That is what that scoundrel should do, he should leave and not come back again. For the sake of his wife, if nobody else,” Senator Ernie Chambers said on the Legislature floor on Tuesday.

Scheer echoed the sentiment when he addressed the legislative body.

“I do believe that Senator Kintner should resign. I do believe that he has lost the respect of the body, the respect of probably his constituents, and the respect of the state,” Scheer said.

Tuesday evening, Kintner announced that he will have a press conference Wednesday morning at 8:15 a.m. at the State Capitol, Room 1200, to reveal how he plans to proceed after today’s events.