Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers (I) shut down the legislative process for hours on Wednesday in a filibuster of State Sen. Mark Christensen Legislative Bill 52, which would allow inmates at the McCook Work Ethic Camp to provide free labor for “any charitable, fraternal, or nonprofit corporation” (video below).
According to Watchdog.org, Chambers slammed former Republican Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, who recently resigned after making thousands of phone calls to women who were not his wife.
Chambers also attacked Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning because he let former Sen. Brenda Council off with a misdemeanor after she gambled more than $63,000 in campaign funds at casinos.
“Sheehy and Council commit crimes but aren’t charged,” Chambers said. "Some scruffy person would not be so lucky."
“Why shouldn’t Sheehy be sentenced to do some free labor? It would teach him good work habits, and it would let him know that crime of any kind doesn’t pay.”
Chambers continued his filibuster by saying Republican Christians had “taken people’s wives” and “shiver of shivers, engaged in homosexuality.”
At one point, Chambers said that "Jesus looked more like me than you all.”
Chambers also claimed that the Mafia had higher standards than the Catholic Church because if mobsters were “raping children, they’d off them.”
Following the session, Sen. Christensen said that Chambers filibustered because thought the prison work plan was reminiscent of “chain gang days.”
“[Chambers] knows the Bible but he doesn’t have the relationship that it takes to be a Christian or go to Heaven,” Sen. Christensen said.