Capitol Update from Sen. Matt Williams
Greetings District 36. We’ve had a difficult few days in the Legislature. On January 25th, Senator Bill Kintner from Legislative District 2 announced his resignation from the Legislature. In my opinion his resignation was long overdue and now the Legislature can move on with the important business of our state.
The following is my statement made on the floor of the Legislature concerning this situation:On the opening day of this legislative session, I had the opportunity to address this group about some things that I feel passionate about. One of them is not just my integrity but the integrity of this institution, and that it is up to the 49 of us that are members of this institution to watch out for, guard with our very souls, that integrity. That integrity has clearly been damaged by one of our members. His actions are outside the norm that I would consider acceptable behavior.
I believe each one of us should be held and must be held to a higher standard, and that standard has been violated. Many of you know that I conduct my life under a set of very important core values to me. One of those core values is to conduct oneself with a sense of responsibility. I would not be living up to my core values if I was not standing at this microphone condemning the actions of Senator Kintner.
Being a leader requires a great deal of all of us. I had the opportunity a few years ago to hear General Norman Schwarzkopf talk about what it takes to be a leader, and he actually said it only takes two things. The first one is you have to decide that you’re going to be a leader. And then the second thing you have to do is just simply do what’s right. I think each one of us sitting here today knows what’s right. We know what’s right for our action and we know what is right for the action of those other members that we need to hold accountable.
A friend of mine told me one time, and I say “a friend” because he is a dear friend, he is also a doctor of psychology, that human beings will react in only one of three ways when confronted with adversity: they’ll quit, they’ll blame, or they will step up and accept the responsibility of working together for positive change. That’s what I would ask this body to do today. We cannot quit, we must not blame, but it’s time to take action.
Like others, I’m embarrassed by this situation. My wife, my daughter, my granddaughter are all embarrassed by this situation. And it’s time for us to take action. Therefore, I want to publicly request, one more time, for Senator Kintner to resign. If he chooses to ignore our requests to resign, I will certainly go on record to make a public statement that I will vote to remove him from the body.