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Nevada Sen. John Ensign to admit affair; sources say blackmail involved
Politico ^ | 6/16/09 | Manu Raju

Posted on 06/16/2009 3:30:45 PM PDT by pissant

Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign has told colleagues that he plans to admit an extramarital affair, a senior Republican official tells POLITICO.

Political insiders in the Senate and in Nevada told POLITICO that Ensign began an affair with a staffer several months after he separated from his wife. When Ensign reconciled with his wife, the sources said, he gave the aide a severance package and parted ways.

Sometime later, a Nevada source said, Ensign met with the husband of the woman involved and had what this source described as a positive encounter. Sources said that the man subsequently asked Ensign for a substantial sum of money – at which point Ensign decided to make the affair public.

Ensign’s office did not return calls for comment, but the senator told the Associated Press Tuesday: "I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions."

Ensign’s staff said he would be making a statement about a “personal matter” at 3:30 p.m. local time in Las Vegas.

Ensign informed fellow Nevadan Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, about his situation earlier today.

"I don't know the details. I talked with him today,” Reid told POLITICO. “Of course, he's my friend. This is a private, family matter. I just hope that Darlene and he work things out."

Reid said he didn’t offer any advice on how to handle the situation. "I didn't give him any advice. I just told him he's my friend. I'm pulling for him. Anything I can do to help, let me know.”

Ensign, a born again Christian, is chairman of the GOP Policy Committee, making him the highest ranking Republican Senator in Nevada’s history. He has three children. Ensign’s wife Darlene, in a statement to the Las Vegas Sun, said: "Since we found out last year we have worked through the situation and we have come to a reconciliation. This has been difficult on both families. With the help of our family and close friends our marriage has become stronger," Mrs. Ensign said.

Ensign was absent on Capitol Hill Tuesday, skipping the weekly lunch that his committee hosts for GOP senators and its ensuing press conference where party leaders espouse their weekly message.

Word of his expected announcement stunned colleagues, who were preparing for this summer’s big battles over the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor and a health care fight but now have to contend with a drama hovering over one of their leaders.

Elected in 2000, the 51-year-old Ensign has moved up the leadership chain in the Senate. As chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2008, Ensign oversaw the devastating losses to GOP candidates. But his party largely spared him of blame, casting it instead on an unpopular president who dragged down the party’s brand. Since then, Ensign has sought to articulate conservative principles and is a mainstay at GOP press conferences deriding Democrats’ domestic policies.

Ensign ran for the Senate in 1998 against Sen. Harry Reid in a nasty, cliffhanger race that Reid – now the Senate majority leader – won by a razor-thin 428 votes. Reid and Ensign have since reached a détente; neither man criticizes the other back home by name.

A staunch fiscal and social conservative, Ensign has been considered a rising star in his party, recently making headlines by speaking at events in Iowa, raising speculation about his interest in a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

It’s not clear exactly how this affair will affect Ensign’s future in the Senate. When former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested for soliciting sex in an airport men’s room in the summer of 2007, Ensign was among Craig’s toughest critics, saying he should step down since he had been charged with a crime.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 111th; adultery; bimboeruption; blackmail; ensign; gopimplosion; johnensign; toast
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Apparently it was with a female anyway...
1 posted on 06/16/2009 3:30:45 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

How is it an affair if he was separated from his wife?


2 posted on 06/16/2009 3:32:29 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: pissant
Elected in 2000, the 51-year-old Ensign has moved up the leadership chain in the Senate.

Hope he enjoys the ride back down.

3 posted on 06/16/2009 3:32:57 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: pissant

The egos of the powerful never fail to eventually hoist them in their own petard....


4 posted on 06/16/2009 3:32:57 PM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Impy

This is front page news on NYTIMES.com (although it’s a small story, in the crawl). But, to date, the NY Times has not printed a single word, in it’s paper or on it’s website about Obama firing a federally protected Inspector General.


5 posted on 06/16/2009 3:34:27 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Impy

1. It’s an affair until they’re divorced.

2. The other woman was married to somebody else.


6 posted on 06/16/2009 3:34:49 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: Impy
Sort of depends on the time line doesn't it. What caused the separation another woman?? Track records cause problems, ask newt.
7 posted on 06/16/2009 3:34:57 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: pissant

um... he was seperated from his wife at the time...

nothing to see here.


8 posted on 06/16/2009 3:35:15 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009
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To: cbkaty

I wish they would keep their petards in their pants.


9 posted on 06/16/2009 3:35:36 PM PDT by Juan Medén
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To: Impy

Ya’ really need to ask that stupid question?

Just read the Bible... God says marriage is forever, if you happen to be separated, oh well, it’s still adultery.

For the life of me I cannot understand these stupid people who cheat on their wives...haven’t they any moral strength whatsoever??

Ed


10 posted on 06/16/2009 3:35:43 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: pissant

Funny how they make him sound like the victim.


11 posted on 06/16/2009 3:35:50 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Impy

That’s what I thought.....he was separated....so what’s the big deal???


12 posted on 06/16/2009 3:36:30 PM PDT by BossLady ("WE are the origin of all coming evil" ~~ Carl Jung~~)
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To: driftdiver

Well, Larry Fag was a victim, of his Restless Leg Syndrome.


13 posted on 06/16/2009 3:36:43 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

I don’t care. He could never be as low and vile as Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Harry Reid.

Democrats should be applauding him.


14 posted on 06/16/2009 3:37:05 PM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: Juan Medén

....another day, another fallin Republican... There are a few left, right?


15 posted on 06/16/2009 3:38:30 PM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: pissant
It was a good idea that he confessed to some of the details.

Better that than giving into blackmail. It's not as though he was cheating on his wife either as they were separated at the time.

16 posted on 06/16/2009 3:40:04 PM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: pissant
Amazing how when it's the Republican, the party affiliation is at the beginning of the first sentence of the article.

I'm not going to care about what he did while separated.

17 posted on 06/16/2009 3:41:04 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: pissant

He’s toast-—only dimocraps can do stuff like this.


18 posted on 06/16/2009 3:43:37 PM PDT by taillightchaser (!)
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To: taillightchaser

Yup


19 posted on 06/16/2009 3:43:58 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Sir_Ed

By your same “biblical” standard anyone who divorced and marries again or dates is also an adulterer.


20 posted on 06/16/2009 3:48:33 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009
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To: pissant
Political insiders in the Senate and in Nevada told POLITICO that Ensign began an affair with a staffer several months after he separated from his wife. When Ensign reconciled with his wife, the sources said, he gave the aide a severance package and parted ways.

Sometime later, a Nevada source said, Ensign met with the husband of the woman involved and had what this source described as a positive encounter. Sources said that the man subsequently asked Ensign for a substantial sum of money – at which point Ensign decided to make the affair public.


Seems Sen Ensign wasn't going for the blackmail attempt and now the guy's wife is thrust into the spotlight along with his blackmail attempt. I bet she just thinks the world of him now.

21 posted on 06/16/2009 3:54:25 PM PDT by deport
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To: pissant

He should definitely lose any security clearance he has.


22 posted on 06/16/2009 3:57:19 PM PDT by microgood
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To: pissant

May be some idiots on our side should demand his resignation and give the left wing liberal even a bigger majority in the Senate.


23 posted on 06/16/2009 3:58:32 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: driftdiver
What a jerk!!!

TOO STUPID TO BE PRESIDENT!!!

What is it with these supposedly moral Conservatives that they cannot keep their zippers zipped?
24 posted on 06/16/2009 3:59:24 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Liz Cheney for President!.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“By your same “biblical” standard anyone who divorced and marries again or dates is also an adulterer.”

Your statement is biblically correct.

If you’ve divorced and remarried (for any reason other than the other spouse’s sexual infidelity, you’re an adulterer. That’s biblical. You can be forgiven, of course. In reading the passage at the end of this post, I can’t see how it would apply to the wife only, and not also to the husband.

Thank God for the free gift of Salvation in Christ, for we have all sinned.

Matthew 5:31-32 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.”


25 posted on 06/16/2009 4:01:04 PM PDT by Miykayl
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To: TexasFreeper2009
By your same “biblical” standard anyone who divorced and marries again or dates is also an adulterer.

I'm divorced and remarried, and, with regard to the adultery issue - ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.

26 posted on 06/16/2009 4:01:26 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Pas d'ennmis a droit)
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To: jveritas

Either you stand for your principles or you don’t. I am tired of hypocrites...in both parties...Say “Goodnight, John.”


27 posted on 06/16/2009 4:02:32 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Liz Cheney for President!.)
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To: cbkaty

Big deal. He was seperated from his wife and began it several months after he seperated. Sounds like the woman sought his affections only to blackmail him.

Oh well, men will be men.


28 posted on 06/16/2009 4:02:40 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: lone star annie
Oh well, men will be men.

Well such "men" should not be in a position where they are privy to matters of national security.

29 posted on 06/16/2009 4:03:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sudetenland
The man was not preaching morality from the Senate forum, he is a politician and not a preacher. Also he had the affair when he was separated from his wife. Hence he is not a hypocrite.

Let me ask you a simple question: Did you fornicate before you got married? If so then that it is a sin and you need to STFU before you judge other people of hypocrisy.

30 posted on 06/16/2009 4:06:21 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: pissant
Political insiders in the Senate and in Nevada told POLITICO that Ensign began an affair with a staffer several months after he separated from his wife.

This just doesnt strike me as scandalous. He and his wife were not together at the time.

31 posted on 06/16/2009 4:10:05 PM PDT by freespirited (Is this a nation of laws or a nation of Democrats? -- Charles Krauthammer)
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To: jveritas
Was the other woman married at the time? If so then you need to STFU. The man's a jerk and a loser. He needs to go.

The man was not preaching morals from the Senate, but he is a representative of the people and of the Party. He fornicated with another man's wife. If you lack the moral compass to see that is wrong, then I suggest a little introspection is needed.
32 posted on 06/16/2009 4:13:01 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Liz Cheney for President!.)
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To: Impy

Yeah, my divorce took 2 years. I started dating my current husband after my ex moved out (in with another woman) and I filed legal papers. I do not consider THAT an affair. However, if this woman was married and not separated, that is wrong.


33 posted on 06/16/2009 4:13:17 PM PDT by conservative cat (America, you have been PWNED!)
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To: dfwgator
Why? What is national security has to do with someone having sex with a woman when he is separated from his wife.
34 posted on 06/16/2009 4:14:16 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: Sudetenland

You did not answer my question hypocrite, did you fornicate before you got married?


35 posted on 06/16/2009 4:15:25 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“By your same “biblical” standard anyone who divorced and marries again or dates is also an adulterer.”

Generally true but there are exceptions in the Bible.

Getting divorced because “we’ve grown apart” isn’t one of them though.


36 posted on 06/16/2009 4:19:00 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: jveritas

It is an issue because of blackmail.


37 posted on 06/16/2009 4:19:02 PM PDT by Reagan69 (No Representation without Taxation)
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To: freespirited
This just doesnt strike me as scandalous. He and his wife were not together at the time.

Have the reading comprehension standards on FreeRepublic fallen that badly? Seems at least a half dozen posters haven't bothered to notice that the woman Ensign was fooling around with was married. Hence the whole "having an affair" thing.
38 posted on 06/16/2009 4:19:18 PM PDT by drjimmy
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To: Reagan69

And that was the whole point most people missed about Monicagate. It was a security issue. Did the ChiComs have the goods on Clinton before everybody else? Who knows.


39 posted on 06/16/2009 4:20:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jveritas
Also he had the affair when he was separated from his wife. Hence he is not a hypocrite.

Hypocrite or not he was screwing somebody elses wife while serving as a United States Senator. Stupid would seem to apply. Coveting thy neighbors wife? Yup, that too. Giving the left another Republican whipping boy? Yup.

So while I don't know if he is a hypocrite I do know that he is a dumb sumbitch who should keep his hands off other peoples wives.

40 posted on 06/16/2009 4:20:32 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Impy
How is it an affair if he was separated from his wife?

Two points - first, if he was separated but still married, it is still an affair. Second, it appears the woman involved was also married.

I'm glad he and his wife apparently worked it out, but this will still cause political headaches.

41 posted on 06/16/2009 4:21:39 PM PDT by CA Conservative
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To: microgood
I fail to see why considering the affair is now in the open because he was open to blackmail and decided to disclose the problem about it.

If having an affair as a Congress critter is the criteria to lose your security clearance, half of them wouldn't be allowed to enter the chambers

42 posted on 06/16/2009 4:24:28 PM PDT by Popman (Joe Biden REALLY can't be Vice President, can he ?)
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To: Popman
If having an affair as a Congress critter is the criteria to lose your security clearance, half of them wouldn't be allowed to enter the chambers

Works for me.

43 posted on 06/16/2009 4:24:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jveritas; Sudetenland

jveritas, are you without sin?


44 posted on 06/16/2009 4:25:09 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: CA Conservative

we do not know if he knew she was married.


45 posted on 06/16/2009 4:26:11 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009
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To: lone star annie

and women will be gold diggers evidently


46 posted on 06/16/2009 4:26:32 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: jveritas
The question is irrelevant. I am not a public servant, I do not put myself forward as a representative of the Party and the people. If I had it would not have placed the Republican Party in greater jeopardy.

You argue like a Liberal vis a vis if a person is not perfect, then they have no right to question the actions of another...it is a false premise. Expecting perfection or silence is a straw argument. Liberals love to use that argument and do so all of the time...maybe you are on the wrong forum.

The only question is, did he do wrong (yes) and if so how should Conservatives respond?

In answer to your question, it's none of your business whether I did or didn't. I'm certainly not going to indulge your prurient interest by answering.
47 posted on 06/16/2009 4:27:41 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Liz Cheney for President!.)
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To: Miykayl

So the husband is scott free?


48 posted on 06/16/2009 4:27:45 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit (Two terms for politicians, one in office, one in jail.))
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To: TexasFreeper2009
we do not know if he knew she was married.

Well, since she was one of his employees, I assume he knew her marital status.. However, even if he didn't know, it is still adultery. It may mitigate his culpability on that score, but he was still involved in a sexual relationship with another woman while he was still married. That constitutes an affair.

49 posted on 06/16/2009 4:29:21 PM PDT by CA Conservative
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To: pissant

How Hamiltonian...


50 posted on 06/16/2009 4:29:58 PM PDT by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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