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Philandering John Ensign resigns from Senate

By DOUG THOMPSON
April 22, 2011

Sen. John Ensign (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign becomes the latest ethics-challenged member of Congress to throw in the towel.

 

Ensign, dogged by admissions of nailing a female member of his staff and other ethics questions, will submit his letter of resignation Friday and leave office on May 3.

The Senate Ethics Committee named a special counsel earlier this year to look into questions over Ensign’s ethics after the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission dropped their investigations into the Nevada Senator.

Ensign continues to claim he did nothing wrong — except cheat on his wife — but said he was quitting to avoid “further wear and tear on his family.”

“I was hopeful that, with the closure of these investigations (by the Justice Dept. and FEC) against me, the wear and tear on my family would soon be over,” Ensign said Thursday. “This was not the case.”

Ensign continued:

As is its right, the Senate Ethics Committee is continuing its investigation of issues into which it has been inquiring for the past year and a half. Indeed, the Committee even decided recently to devote more resources to its investigation by hiring an outside counsel even though the issues have been viewed and reviewed by so many others.

While I stand behind my firm belief that I have not violated any law, rule, or standard of conduct of the Senate, and I have fought to prove this publicly, I will not continue to subject my family, my constituents, or the Senate to any further rounds of investigation, depositions, drawn out proceedings, or especially public hearings.

In 2009, Ensign admitted to an affair with Cynthia Hampton, a former member of his campaign staff.  He also admitted helping her husband, Doug Hampton, a member of his Senate office staff, obtain lobbying work from two Nevada companies.  Doug Hampton was later indicted for violating a federal law that prohibits a former senior staffer from lobbying the Senate within a year after leaving his job.  He is awaiting trial.

Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval is expected to appoint an interim Senator to fill out the remainder of Ensign’s term, which expires at the end of 2012.

 

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8 Responses to Philandering John Ensign resigns from Senate

  1. ray

    April 22, 2011 at 10:18 am

    it took an investigation for this sleaze to resign? …. one of the many things wrong with politicians … they have no integrity

  2. Sandune

    April 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Ray, are you aware that Ensign ran and won on his family values. He lived on “C” street which is a Christian home where rooms can be rented out for sexual meetings. We did an expose here when Hal Brown and I both read a book on this double-standard trash. The book is “The Family” and should have torn the Congress apart for their hypocrisy. Ensign ran in circles trying to impeach Clinton for bopping his Intern. I’ve been involved in Politics a long time and trying to locate integrity is a waste of time.

    Another man who is family values to the core and might just be a truthful man., He kept a journal of his winning his seat in the Senate and also wrote about the pressure put on him to use lobbyists for his own financial gain.

    Read his book and learn the ways of D.C. “Breach of Trust” by Dr. Tom Colburn.

    Do you question your own Congresscritter before adding your vote? Your vote counts!

  3. Ron Paul

    April 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Remember when the GOP stood for balanced budgets, individual freedom and isolationism.

    The Republican Party has run up these deficits, we want the federal government to be in our bedrooms and between our women and their doctors, we started two wars instead of ending them like the Korean War and were supposed to stop the Vietnam War the Democrats started. We have lost our way!

    So why waste our time with these fools who use their racist rhetoric, like this Marilyn Davenport and Donald Trump with his birther unproven myth, why keep Ensign, the liar, why do we allow our Fox news people to keep talking down our country. Don’t they know we can win the next election with optimism and hope instead of the current rhetoric, that the sky is falling, if we are not careful we will end up like chicken little where no one will listen to us.

    • Sam

      April 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      I remember. Then Reagen came and started screwing everything up. Of course this was a part of a longer process that started in the early 70′s (if I remember correctly), but Reagen made it all mainstream.

      Nixon had to be the last true Republican in office.

  4. Keith

    April 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve always found it fascinating that our US culture will blissfully allow all manner of illegal shenanigans to be perpetrated by our elected officials, both in and out of office.

    But just let one of them be found with a certain part of their anatomies in the help and all hell breaks loose.

    We are a nation that prides itself in allowing personal freedom and social “enlightenment”. Yet we continue to allow an ever-shrinking minority of tongue-wagging busybodies and hypocrites to obsessively foist their horribly misplaced moral agendas on the rest of us.

    Our culture’s seemly preoccupation with (and prudish over-regulation of) things sexual (particularly regarding what consenting adults freely choose to do in their private lives) is, to me, even more disgusting than letting the clearly illegal behavior of crooked politicians continue to go unpunished.

  5. bogofree

    April 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Another joins the ranks of the real bi-partisanship – being scumbags. Maybe he can hook up with Edwards and they can run as independents?

    With these folks it is not what is on the table that bothers me but what is under the table. Freaking government is like a cash and carry.

  6. Almandine

    April 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Ensign’s a scumbag… move on, nothing to see here.

  7. Michael Griffith aka Griff

    April 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Just another day at the office for yet another Hill Person. 534 to go…