A senator speaks about fiery debate at unicameral

Talks of racism and sexism could be heard between two senators on Monday, the first day back at unicameral.
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Talks of racism and sexism could be heard between two senators on Monday, the first day back at unicameral.
“I did not expect Senator Chambers to talk about enslaving and raping me,” said Slama.
Channel 8 spoke to Senator Julie Slama, of Peru, after she clashed with Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers.
It was in regards to a flyer that was sent out, supporting her reelection. It linked senator Ernie chambers to her opponent Janet Palmtag. The flyer says Palmtag sides with Lincoln liberals, atheists, and radical extremists.
At the unicameral, Chambers claimed the flyer was racist.
“I only know what is on this notorious, vicious, racist, stupid, ignorant flyer is what I read in the newspaper,” said Chambers.
Slama shot back, repeating some of his statements towards her.
“He said ‘She was given favors because favors of a fleshy nature were expected in return’, Senator Chambers, how dare you talk to a woman like that,” said Slama.
“Those comments are abhorrent,” said Slama to Channel 8. “Have absolutely no place in civilized society and represent a deeply rooted sexism within Senator Chambers that needs to be addressed within himself.”
She posted to Twitter saying, Chambers’s statements about raping and slavery were despicable.
“That comment was completely out of line and has no place in the Nebraska legislature,” said Slama.
Channel 8 reached out to Chambers who did not comment at this time.
Former state senator and current Douglas County Republican Chair Theresa Thibodeau called on the unicameral to censure Chambers for his attack. In a statement, she said, “To suggest women can only be successful based on performing sexual behaviors is sexist and an insult to women everywhere.”
Slama says she has support from some members of the legislature and hopes to move forward, focusing on issues in the community with the time left in the unicameral.

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