Skip to comments.Sen. Ensign Resigns GOP Leadership Post After Admitting Affair
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.
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Whereas when a rat does something wrong, they just sweep it under the rug.
A disgrace to an R is a career enhancer for a D.
He needs to resign from the Senate. In 2007 he urged Larry Craig (”a disgrace”) to resign.
If you're going to have an affair,at least have the minimal sense to pick an unmarried lover.
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.
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.
How about just keeping the sacred promise you made to your spouse?
I do not think that he should resign unless there is something beyond the affair. If there is illegality, he should resign.
Maybe he can share a restroom with Larry Craig.
Only the honorable can be made to suffer shame.
Hell if he was a Rat they would give him the Kennedy Award.
Why do Pubs resign while Rats just keep going merrily along as if nothing happened?
What's his party? *spit*
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.
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.
Promise keeper too?
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.
A disgusted tax-paying citizen.
Well,yes,that would be the best option.
Too bad he’s not a Dem; he could have parlayed his affair into a really plum committee position.
What a complete idiot.
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.
Sounds like it.
“the fourth-ranking GOP position in the Senate,”
Did the CIA lie to him as well or just the Speaker?
Oh, you mean like Sen. David Vitter?
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.
I’m confused - was the affair with Doug or with Cindy?
That’s not the only difference. Adultery is wrong. Homosexual behavior is sick and wrong.
He must have been a RINO, otherwise he would abide by the catechism of republicans, like the other thread says.
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.
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.
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.
Now if he had had a homosexual relationship (barney frank) then he would have been promoted.
Other than then the physical environment of the sexual encounter, it appears to be one and the same moral crime, breaking your wedding vows.
“Sen. Ensign had an affair.”
While he and his wife were seperated.
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...
Sen. Ensign had sex while Sen. Craig did not.
...With a married woman who worked for him.
Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd had a threesome with a waitress once.
The husband also worked for him. And engaged in extortion.
We are all sinners. Some deny that their actions are sinful.
Who will replace Ensign as chair of the RPC? I vote for DeMint or Coburn.
Liberal voters aren't even consistent when it comes to holding Democrat politicians accountable when they are war profiteers.
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.
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.
dam keep ur zipper zipped!!!
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”.