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Ensign to Acknowledge Extramarital Affair
Wash Post ^ | June 16, 2009 | Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane

Posted on 06/16/2009 2:59:31 PM PDT by Hawk720

Edited on 06/16/2009 3:56:18 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) has acknowledged an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer in a statement released by his office. "I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions," said Ensign. He is expected to announce the affair at a press conference at 6:30 pm tonight. The affair, which was with a woman who worked for both Ensign's re-election campaign and his Battle Born leadership political action committee, began in December 2007 and ended in August 2008. Ensign's wife, Darlene, said that the couple's "marriage has become stronger" and added: "I love my husband."


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 111th; adultery; affair; affairblackmail; bimboeruption; blackmail; ensign; gopimplosion; johnensign
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1 posted on 06/16/2009 2:59:32 PM PDT by Hawk720
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To: Hawk720

i think this guys in the wrong party Lol...


2 posted on 06/16/2009 3:00:30 PM PDT by j0hng4lt69 (we must save America)
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To: Hawk720

You mean what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas? ;)


3 posted on 06/16/2009 3:00:48 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: Hawk720
One by one, the '12 Republican hopefuls fall. But we will still be told that we need anyone but Sarah Palin...
4 posted on 06/16/2009 3:02:15 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: Hawk720
Why does there have to be a press conference. Good grief, its nobody's business but his wife's.
5 posted on 06/16/2009 3:02:22 PM PDT by svcw
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To: Hawk720
Ensign's wife, Darlene, said that the couple's "marriage has become stronger" and added: "I love my husband."

I'm sure that's exactly what her divorce lawyer told her to say.

6 posted on 06/16/2009 3:03:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: j0hng4lt69

No, no, he’s heterosexual. If this’d been a gay thing he would have been in the wrong party.


7 posted on 06/16/2009 3:04:51 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Hawk720

The total collapse of the GOP continues...


8 posted on 06/16/2009 3:05:05 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: Hawk720

It’s always a great idea to have the humiliated wife forced to continue supporting her husband.

Just ask Eliot Spitzer.


9 posted on 06/16/2009 3:05:21 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Hawk720

So much for the GOP securing the moral high ground.


10 posted on 06/16/2009 3:06:42 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: Hawk720

Awe man!

Ensign is my rep. I volunteered for his campaign, sorry to hear about this.


11 posted on 06/16/2009 3:08:25 PM PDT by adaven
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To: Hawk720

And all the lefties will rush right out and scream about how it’s a private matter, right??? Oh wait, Ensign’s a Republican. Time for a lynching!

{{{Stupid predictable Lefties!}}}


12 posted on 06/16/2009 3:08:46 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( ))))
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To: svcw
Well - the answer to that question is (I am willing to guess) that some GLBT group was going to hold a press conference tomorrow to spill the dirt - and Ensign just took a page from the PR handbook and preempted them. Doesn't make the offense any better, and probably spares him a negligible amount of support that would have been lost if the news waited until tomorrow.

Mike Bowers, long time AG of GA was done in by a long term affair he had with a staffer. But the affair was kept quiet until a GLBT group which was incensed at Bowers for the Bowers v. Hardwick decision (upolding GA's anti-sodomy laws back in the 1980's) - decided to short circuit his campaign for Governor with such a disclosure. He beat them to the punch by hours, but it gained him nothing.

13 posted on 06/16/2009 3:09:17 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
In all honesty people don't care unless some one is a hypocrite or the economy is doing bad. Caligula could have been President in the 90s.
14 posted on 06/16/2009 3:10:18 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: Snickering Hound
It’s always a great idea to have the humiliated wife forced to continue supporting her husband.

Just ask Eliot Spitzer.


IIRC, Vitter trotted out his wife at a news presser too, during his admission of wrong doing. And Edwards. And Craig. And the list goes on and on.

They get elected and seem to contract a form of downzipperitis.
15 posted on 06/16/2009 3:10:22 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Perdogg

Bill Clinton is like Caligula in many ways.


16 posted on 06/16/2009 3:14:36 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: svcw

Because one of the former staffers (the husband?) was attempting to blackmail him.


17 posted on 06/16/2009 3:59:44 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: Hawk720

Don’t you just love how the Post had to act like he was some ‘rising star’ in our party...lol!

Thanks alot Rep. Ensign! We really needed this right now you big JERK!!


18 posted on 06/16/2009 3:59:44 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Perdogg

Why can’t we just do away with the whole “D”, “R”, “L,” etc labels? Seems to me like the labels are only for lazy folks who don’t actually know their candidates.

If you don’t know who you’re voting for, seems to me, you have little to no business voting.

If that means you only vote for President once every 4, 8, or 12 years, so be it. But at least you know who you’re voting for...


19 posted on 06/16/2009 3:59:53 PM PDT by KeatsforFirstDog
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To: j0hng4lt69

If the man had any honor he would resign.....

Men fail and are not perfect, it is how you respond to your mistakes that define your character.

He failed and betrayed his wife, one of the most sacred oaths he made.

If he failed the person who trusted and loved the most, what makes him think (or us) that he still has our trust.

Again, he should resign, re-evaluate his past decisions and life and never take an office of public trust.


20 posted on 06/16/2009 4:00:38 PM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Hawk720

This wouldn’t keep me from voting for him.


21 posted on 06/16/2009 4:02:13 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: Perdogg

Well, if you are a liberal legislator, it is, as Rush might say, a “resume builder.”


22 posted on 06/16/2009 4:02:26 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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To: Hawk720
What is it with DC types who just can't stop themselves from throwing a party in their pants that we are all forced to hear about? Can't they just hire a discreet hooker and be done with it?

We elect them for their "judgment" and then they act like irresponsible teenagers. Can't we do better than this?

23 posted on 06/16/2009 4:02:59 PM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Hawk720

Look on the bright side.

He is straight and was not busted in a public bathroom.


25 posted on 06/16/2009 4:04:08 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Hawk720
Ensign's wife, Darlene, said that the couple's "marriage has become stronger" and added: "I love my husband."

He must have bought her some really nice jewelry.

26 posted on 06/16/2009 4:05:27 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Hawk720

it just never stops


27 posted on 06/16/2009 4:05:28 PM PDT by RDTF ("I'm pretty sure this is a 2 man job once the shooting starts")
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To: TomGuy
Just once -- and mind you I'm not advocating violence here -- but just once I'd like to see one of those aggrieved wives at one of those press conferences stick a fork into her spouse's forehead.... the way Elaine did to an ex-boyfriend on Seinfeld.
28 posted on 06/16/2009 4:05:38 PM PDT by kittykat77
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To: Hawk720

It's always the Ensign.

But McHale has ways of consoling himself.

29 posted on 06/16/2009 4:09:59 PM PDT by x
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To: dfwgator
Ensign's wife, Darlene, said that the couple's "marriage has become stronger" and added: "I love my husband."

Yea, I'm sure that's what my wife would say as I counted the stars swirling over my head after being planted by the iron skillet.

And then I would be hearing from the divorce lawyer.

Honestly though, it would crush my wife to cheat on her and I would never want to do that to her.

Ensign is a pig.

30 posted on 06/16/2009 4:10:06 PM PDT by A message (3 years 7 months 3 days)
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To: novemberslady
Because one of the former staffers (the husband?) was attempting to blackmail him.

And what kind of classified information did this guy have access to?

31 posted on 06/16/2009 4:12:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Perdogg
Caligula could have been President in the 90s.

He was.......wasn't he?

32 posted on 06/16/2009 4:12:14 PM PDT by Osage Orange (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. - Will Rogers)
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To: dfwgator

Let me know when you find out...


33 posted on 06/16/2009 4:16:03 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Get off of IT! In the Demorat Party, He would be a HERO! This happened over a year ago and is old news. Kennedy drowned his Mistress, or friend as he referred to Mary Jo. We should be thrilled that Ensign has some Red Blood running thru his arteries still! McCain was embalmed years ago:-)


34 posted on 06/16/2009 4:17:13 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (GOD BLESS AMERICA and Our Last Great President George W. Bush)
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To: True Republican Patriot

Yeah, having politicians with access to secrets about our national security, becoming targets for blackmail just give me a nice warm fuzzy feeling all over, what about you?


35 posted on 06/16/2009 4:18:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: novemberslady

This ought to keep you from voting for him.

There is nothing to chose between a person who deceives us for another, or who deceives another for ourselves. Plainly stated, Ensign is not trustworthy.


36 posted on 06/16/2009 4:19:51 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: Hawk720

Congressman preemptively apologizes for affair

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/congressman_offers_preemptive


37 posted on 06/16/2009 4:21:59 PM PDT by SeminoleSoldier
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To: 5thGenTexan

We do, regrettably. With the media firmly in liberal control, a 2012 Palin campaign will be deluged with a rehash of all the 2008 puerile jokes before it gets out of the gate.

Someone fresh needs to emerge though, or the candidacy will probably fall in Romney’s lap. I really don’t want to see that happen.


38 posted on 06/16/2009 4:22:08 PM PDT by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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To: All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2273148/posts


39 posted on 06/16/2009 4:22:12 PM PDT by AliVeritas ( Pray, Pray, Pray)
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To: TomGuy
"They get elected and seem to contract a form of downzipperitis."

No offense to you faithful men, but one does not need to be elected to anything to catch it. Some are never cured.

40 posted on 06/16/2009 4:22:25 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: Hawk720
so what, a politician had an affair. Isn't that as news worthy as the Navy bought a boat?
41 posted on 06/16/2009 4:23:11 PM PDT by txroadkill (Vote Democrat - it's easier than working!)
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To: nevergore
If the man had any honor he would resign.....

Everyone to the dinner table, its "eat our own" time.

42 posted on 06/16/2009 4:23:35 PM PDT by southern rock
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To: Hawk720

Who cares? Democrats have affairs all the time. Don’t let the Dems and their leftist allies use this against Ensign.


43 posted on 06/16/2009 4:24:51 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by governments. You've been warned.)
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To: Hawk720

Well as long as his wife didn’t have cancer like John Edwards or as long as he didn’t have sex with that woman like the Slick One, I guess it is OK. After all he is a politician and that is just the way they are and he is a man and I have been informed here that men just can’t help. Besides she probably threw herself at him and he was powerless to resist. Poor weak man, we must excuse him because after all he can’t help himself.


44 posted on 06/16/2009 4:25:32 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: dfwgator

Yea! How about a President We dont even know His Real Legal Name, Where he was born , if he was born, anything about his past including drivers Licenses, Passports, Associates, Drug Arrests,School Grades, Who Funded his Education, a one sentence Medical Record, and GOD only knows what religion he is IF NOT MUSLIM! Somehow, it seems every rogue nation knows every detail about ZERO’S PAST HISTORY and Will Extract Much to Maintain those Secrets!! Did we just hear ZERO has just approved selling the entire Technology and Design Packages for the B-2 Bomber to the Chinese for a Free Invite to Next Year’s Chinese New Years celebration?


45 posted on 06/16/2009 4:28:03 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (GOD BLESS AMERICA and Our Last Great President George W. Bush)
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To: txroadkill
It guarantees an endless amount of bad press for every Republican across the country because we all all HYPOCRITES and LIARS and SEX-OBSESSED.

The media eats this stuff up -- when the guy is a Republican. Democrats largely get a pass because the wife will say something like "I love my husband" or "This made our marriage stronger" and the media will pat the Democrat on the head and say it's nobody's business anyway. Republicans can't get away so easily.

On a personal level, I recognize that people have failings, and I would try to get past it. On a political level? This guy is doing serious damage to the party, and the GOP should make it very clear that he needs to GO GO GO.

46 posted on 06/16/2009 4:29:03 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (We are a ruled people, serfs to the Federal Oligarchy -- and the Tree of Liberty thirsts)
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To: SatinDoll
In your opinion SatinDoll.

He had an affair while separated from his wife.

I would still vote for him.
47 posted on 06/16/2009 4:29:34 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: southern rock

Call it what you want.....

We have to purge our ranks of the useful idiots, enablers and RINO’s now if we are to have a strong, viable and meaningful Republican party.

Otherwise, just continue to support the status quo and allow the Republican party to be the “Democratic Lite” party....


48 posted on 06/16/2009 4:32:09 PM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: novemberslady

“Because one of the former staffers (the husband?) was attempting to blackmail him.”

I read that it was the husband who was asking for money. Also said that the affair occurred when they were separated, if that lessens the taint any. John Edwards can father a child while his wife is dying of cancer and no one says a word, but God forbid a Republican do something that pales in comparison.


49 posted on 06/16/2009 4:33:53 PM PDT by TxAnn56
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To: TomGuy
Not really. Congress is also a reflection of society and the percent of extramarital affairs are stunningly high in our society. I really don't expect Congress to be any different, but that doesn't make it OK.

And it has been stated that this occurred while they were separated. Since the husband tried to shake Ensign down, it doesn't make him appear as bad since the scum wanting money seems worse.

A mighty ugly situation all around and a reminder that people in public office and in sensitive positions in govt are ripe for blackmailing.

50 posted on 06/16/2009 4:36:06 PM PDT by Dave W
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