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Sen. Ensign Resigns GOP Leadership Post After Admitting Affair
FOX News ^ | June 17, 2009 | Trish Turner and Carl Cameron

Posted on 06/17/2009 10:47:42 AM PDT by MaestroLC

The Republican senator who went public a day earlier about an extramarital affair has resigned his GOP leadership post on Wednesday.

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., stepped down as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-ranking GOP position in the Senate, after holding a brief news conference Tuesday to come clean about his affair with a former aide. He is not expected to resign from the Senate.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., confirmed the move Wednesday afternoon.

"He's accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized to his family and constituents. He offered, and I accepted, his resignation as chairman of the policy committee," the Kentucky senator said.

Several reasons contributed to Ensign's decision to step down from his post, according to a Senate GOP leadership aide. They included the likelihood of a persistent media firestorm stemming from his admission Tuesday; growing irritation within the conference regarding other distractions; and the possibility that more damaging information could emerge regarding the affair.

Sources told FOX News the admission was prompted by a blackmail threat. Two Senate Republican sources close to Ensign said a former employee had asked Ensign for money in what both sources described as a case of "extortion."

The employee, Doug Hampton, worked in Ensign's Senate office, and his wife, Cindy Hampton, worked for Ensign's re-election campaign. Both ceased working for the senator shortly after the affair ended, the sources said, with Cindy Hampton receiving a severance package. The circumstances of Doug Hampton's departure remain unclear.

Ensign expressed regret Tuesday for his actions.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 111th; adultery; affair; blackmail; criminalconspiracy; ensign; extortion; gop; gopimplosion; resignation; resigns; stalinisttactics
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1 posted on 06/17/2009 10:47:42 AM PDT by MaestroLC
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To: MaestroLC

Whereas when a rat does something wrong, they just sweep it under the rug.


2 posted on 06/17/2009 10:50:02 AM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: MaestroLC

A disgrace to an R is a career enhancer for a D.


3 posted on 06/17/2009 10:50:23 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: MaestroLC
We are living in parallel universes. A Republican resigns while, Hussein and Company can drag this country through the mud and they are praised.
4 posted on 06/17/2009 10:50:27 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: MaestroLC

He needs to resign from the Senate. In 2007 he urged Larry Craig (”a disgrace”) to resign.


5 posted on 06/17/2009 10:50:39 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: MaestroLC
I smell a liberal-inspired set-up.

If you're going to have an affair,at least have the minimal sense to pick an unmarried lover.

6 posted on 06/17/2009 10:50:49 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: MaestroLC

Wow, look at how many times they used the word Republican in that excerpt compared to Jefferson who’s trial started today for the cash in the freezer case, there it was used one time in the whole article.


7 posted on 06/17/2009 10:52:16 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: MaestroLC

Sad, but it was the right thing to do. I am not in the camp that believes he needs to resign - his constituents can decide if he should be re-elected.


8 posted on 06/17/2009 10:52:19 AM PDT by CA Conservative
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To: hoosierham

How about just keeping the sacred promise you made to your spouse?


9 posted on 06/17/2009 10:53:14 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Drango

I do not think that he should resign unless there is something beyond the affair. If there is illegality, he should resign.


10 posted on 06/17/2009 10:53:54 AM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: MaestroLC
Ensign made it clear he did not plan to resign.

Maybe he can share a restroom with Larry Craig.

11 posted on 06/17/2009 10:54:09 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: SpaceBar

Only the honorable can be made to suffer shame.


12 posted on 06/17/2009 10:54:33 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: CA Conservative
I am not in the camp that believes he needs to resign - his constituents can decide if he should be re-elected.

I agree.

13 posted on 06/17/2009 10:55:31 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Visit the updated Tax-chick page for news, recent photos, and LOLcats.)
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To: MaestroLC

Hell if he was a Rat they would give him the Kennedy Award.


14 posted on 06/17/2009 10:55:52 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: CA Conservative

Why do Pubs resign while Rats just keep going merrily along as if nothing happened?


15 posted on 06/17/2009 10:56:36 AM PDT by SMM48
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To: MaestroLC
"The Republican senator who went public a day earlier about an extramarital affair has resigned his GOP leadership post on Wednesday. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., stepped down as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-ranking GOP position in the Senate, after holding a brief news conference Tuesday to come clean about his affair with a former aide."

What's his party? *spit*

16 posted on 06/17/2009 10:57:09 AM PDT by eureka! (Elections have consequences, boy howdy. *sigh*)
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To: Drango
You do realize that according to contemporary writing,several of our nation's founders had affairs,were themselves born illegitimate,smoked tobacco,drank alcohol,were known to curse on occasion,owned slaves,and no doubt missed Sunday School at times.

WE ought to be merciless when elected officials betray the public trust and the Constitutional limits on government,but we just might want to stop trying to insist on perfect people as officeholders.I'm afraid there is a shortage and we will have to make do with not-quite-perfect humans.

17 posted on 06/17/2009 10:57:25 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: MaestroLC

I don’t agree with what he did, but no way sould he resign from the Senate.
Why the the Dems more power.
They sure wouldn’t do it. Plus it’s between him and his wife. If she wants to stick with the idiot because he decided to have an affair that’s their business. I’m sure there is a reason we didn’t see her standing next to him at the news conference.


18 posted on 06/17/2009 10:58:06 AM PDT by coconut47
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To: MaestroLC

Promise keeper too?


19 posted on 06/17/2009 10:58:17 AM PDT by meandog (Doh!)
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To: MaestroLC

OK, all stupid “R”s who have “stuff” to confess... just PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, do it now. We can NOT afford this kind of crap any later than this month.

I don’t give a rat’s a$$ what he, or any other politician, does, nor whom he does it with. But this is really, really really hurting our country. If you can’t “come clean” for your own honorable reasons, would please consider the fate of this nation?

We have to oust the socialist in 2010. We simply must.

Thank you,
A disgusted tax-paying citizen.


20 posted on 06/17/2009 10:59:34 AM PDT by Reagan69 (No Representation without Taxation)
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To: kalee
How about just keeping the sacred promise you made to your spouse?

Well,yes,that would be the best option.

21 posted on 06/17/2009 11:00:01 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: businessprofessor
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.

John Adams

22 posted on 06/17/2009 11:00:15 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: MaestroLC

Too bad he’s not a Dem; he could have parlayed his affair into a really plum committee position.


23 posted on 06/17/2009 11:00:18 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Whoever coined the term "foolproof" underestimated the ingenuity and determination of fools.)
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To: MaestroLC

What a complete idiot.


24 posted on 06/17/2009 11:00:38 AM PDT by Badeye (Let it go Willie, you got banned from FR for being stupid, remember?)
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To: Drango

I think there are differences between the two events. Sen. Craig was soliciting for sex in the airport bathrooms and was caught by police. He was arrested. Sen. Ensign had an affair.


25 posted on 06/17/2009 11:00:41 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: hoosierham

Sounds like it.


26 posted on 06/17/2009 11:00:58 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: MaestroLC

“the fourth-ranking GOP position in the Senate,”

Did the CIA lie to him as well or just the Speaker?


27 posted on 06/17/2009 11:01:01 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't have to say much.)
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To: ABQHispConservative

Oh, you mean like Sen. David Vitter?


28 posted on 06/17/2009 11:01:22 AM 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: SMM48
Why do Pubs resign while Rats just keep going merrily along as if nothing happened?

Because most Pub politicians still retain some sense of shame, and most conservative voters still retain a sense of outrage and disgust over moral lapses in their elected representatives. Liberal politicians have no sense of shame, and liberal voters are bereft of any sense of morality.

29 posted on 06/17/2009 11:02:08 AM PDT by CA Conservative
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To: MaestroLC

I’m confused - was the affair with Doug or with Cindy?


30 posted on 06/17/2009 11:02:26 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: Mashood

That’s not the only difference. Adultery is wrong. Homosexual behavior is sick and wrong.


31 posted on 06/17/2009 11:03:56 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: MaestroLC

He must have been a RINO, otherwise he would abide by the catechism of republicans, like the other thread says.


32 posted on 06/17/2009 11:04:27 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: CA Conservative

It’s a smart move to resign the leadership post, similar to what Trent Lott was forced to do after his innocent praise of Strom on his 100th birthday. It’s not fair and it’s not right, but it does minimize the damage the dems/MSM can try to inflict. He will not resign his seat, period.


33 posted on 06/17/2009 11:05:42 AM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and help stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: nina0113

Maybe it was a threesome.

These Senators are irredeemably corrupt, whichever side of the aisle they sit on.

Sometimes I regret that the US Capitol was not hit on 9/11, while Congress was in session.


34 posted on 06/17/2009 11:06:11 AM PDT by Palladin (David Letterman is a dirty old man.)
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To: ABQHispConservative

He said he was being blackmailed by the husband (which itself is criminal).

He may have been wrong for leadership because of personal failings but this is fishy.


35 posted on 06/17/2009 11:06:46 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: MaestroLC

Now if he had had a homosexual relationship (barney frank) then he would have been promoted.


36 posted on 06/17/2009 11:06:51 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Quick justice for the senseless killing of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield.)
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To: Mashood
“I think there are differences between the two events. Sen. Craig was soliciting for sex in the airport bathrooms and was caught by police. He was arrested. Sen. Ensign had an affair”

Other than then the physical environment of the sexual encounter, it appears to be one and the same moral crime, breaking your wedding vows.

37 posted on 06/17/2009 11:07:53 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: Mashood

“Sen. Ensign had an affair.”

While he and his wife were seperated.


38 posted on 06/17/2009 11:08:53 AM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and help stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: taxesareforever

A homosexual relationship with a man running a gay prostitution ring out of his office...

A workplace sexual harassment case with a college intern...

A death that was covered up by failing to report the accident to the authorities in a timely manner...


39 posted on 06/17/2009 11:08:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Cyman

Sen. Ensign had sex while Sen. Craig did not.


40 posted on 06/17/2009 11:09:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: moose2004
While he and his wife were seperated.

...With a married woman who worked for him.

41 posted on 06/17/2009 11:10:30 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Palladin

Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd had a threesome with a waitress once.


42 posted on 06/17/2009 11:10:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Alter Kaker

The husband also worked for him. And engaged in extortion.

We are all sinners. Some deny that their actions are sinful.


43 posted on 06/17/2009 11:11:39 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: MaestroLC

Who will replace Ensign as chair of the RPC? I vote for DeMint or Coburn.


44 posted on 06/17/2009 11:12:13 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: moose2004

So what?


45 posted on 06/17/2009 11:12:47 AM PDT by steve-b (Intelligent design is to evolutionary biology what socialism is to free-market economics.)
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To: CA Conservative
Liberal politicians have no sense of shame, and liberal voters are bereft of any sense of morality.

Liberal voters aren't even consistent when it comes to holding Democrat politicians accountable when they are war profiteers.

46 posted on 06/17/2009 11:13:15 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Drango

Ensign isn’t up for reelection until 2012.
And he’s from Vegas.

I don’t think it would be a good idea for him to resign from the Senate.
His affair isn’t going to hurt Republicans.
For one thing, he voluntarily announced it himself.
It would be a bigger deal if he had been outed by the newsmedia. Or if he was nationally known.

He might want to consider on retiring when his term expires, though.


47 posted on 06/17/2009 11:13:23 AM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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Sources told FOX News the admission was prompted by a blackmail threat. Two Senate Republican sources close to Ensign said a former employee had asked Ensign for money in what both sources described as a case of "extortion." The employee, Doug Hampton, worked in Ensign's Senate office

Wow, what a guy. Throw the book at him.

And a big "Thanks!" to the lot of them for giving credence to those who insist there's little difference between Ds and Rs.

48 posted on 06/17/2009 11:14:36 AM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: MaestroLC

dam keep ur zipper zipped!!!


49 posted on 06/17/2009 11:15:38 AM PDT by angelcindy
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To: MaestroLC

Most likely 75% of all Senators have committed the same kind of infidelity. In fact, I suspect that one Senator stepping down when his term expires is doing so for exactly that reason: his wife found out about his playtime in DC and said, “take your pick, me or Washington”.


50 posted on 06/17/2009 11:15:38 AM PDT by pleikumud
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