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Ensign Says He'll Seek Re-Election
Talking Points Memo ^ | 7/14/09 | Rachel Slajda

Posted on 07/14/2009 11:02:26 AM PDT by steve-b

Despite admitting to having an affair and having his parents pay off his mistress, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) yesterday said he plans to stay in office -- and run for re-election in 2012.

Ensign told the Las Vegas Sun he's been getting emails and phone calls from supporters urging him to stay put. Those supporters, he said, include senators on both sides of Senate leadership.

"I fully plan on running for reelection," Ensign said. "I'm going to work to earn their respect back."

He quoted his supporters as saying, "Keep your head up. This thing will pass."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 111th; ensign; johnensign; nv2012

1 posted on 07/14/2009 11:02:26 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: steve-b

Should be easy pickins for the demonrats.


3 posted on 07/14/2009 11:04:58 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: steve-b

Shocking...and we thought all along you just felt guilty about this affair and needed to get it off your chest. We never suspected that it was the disclosure of politically damaging information far in advance of a reelection bid!


4 posted on 07/14/2009 11:06:46 AM PDT by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: americanophile

I think those supporters that Ensign is talking about are his right hand and his left hand telling him to hang in there. What about his wife? Good grief, is this the best Nevada can do? I guess looking at Harry Reid.


5 posted on 07/14/2009 11:08:58 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: steve-b

Republicans pay off their mistresses.

Teddy killed his.

Rats rewarded Teddy for his foresight...after all, it’s just a late abortion.


6 posted on 07/14/2009 11:09:59 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: steve-b

Okay, explain to me how Palin’s the delusional one.


7 posted on 07/14/2009 11:12:35 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: beachandmountains

I too am tired of repubs falling on their swords because they are trying to be noble. Pull up your boots Ensign and wade thru the BS in Congress and work for the conservatives now and that will earn your respect again. I do abhor the deed he did though, but at least he didnt leave her in a car to drown while saving his career. At least he is not calling her a stalker. I could go on..........


8 posted on 07/14/2009 11:13:27 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Socialism is the financial arm of Communism)
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To: steve-b
Standing shoulder to shoulder with his peers!
9 posted on 07/14/2009 11:14:15 AM PDT by Lesforlife
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To: beachandmountains; Clintonfatigued; freekitty

Find a Conservative candidate, back him, go door to door, and get him elected.


10 posted on 07/14/2009 11:14:30 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: steve-b

No, seriously. The governor is a Republican. Are there that few people on deck that he can’t quit and let the guy pick somebody who doesn’t screw his staffers (and his staffer’s wives, but I repeat myself) and then get mommy and daddy to pay them off? If so...that’s a problem.


11 posted on 07/14/2009 11:19:42 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: steve-b

Using Daddy’s Money to pay off his mistress will be hard to overcome.


12 posted on 07/14/2009 11:20:45 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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“Keep your head up”

Yeah, John, that’s apparently where yours is. You’ve decided that self-respect (and respect for your constituents) is just too high a bar...

Colonel, USAFR


13 posted on 07/14/2009 11:22:04 AM PDT by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: steve-b

This guy isn’t even responsible to pay off his mistress out of his own pocket, he had to have mommy and daddy do it. This is a US senator??


16 posted on 07/14/2009 11:39:09 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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We really are at an all time low, aren't we? But, hey, he's our snot-nosed brat of an adulterer, so I guess it's ok.
17 posted on 07/14/2009 11:45:45 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

He ain’t mine.


18 posted on 07/14/2009 11:52:41 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Wolfie

Well said I think. Always interesting to see if we are willing to compromise our standards for political expediency.

I’m as conservative as they come, but if Ensign runs again, I hope he loses.


19 posted on 07/14/2009 11:55:45 AM PDT by Phillipian
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To: RichInOC

If Ensign quit now, then Gibbons would appoint someone who would be up for re-election next year, along with Reid.

So instead of fielding one good person to go against Reid, we’d have to split funding between two candidates.

I really have no issue with Ensign’s voting record. I’m so not proud of his personal life, but his voting record is conservative.

Let him finish out his term and let Nevada voters decide if he earned another term.

Right now, this is a huge distraction from defeating Reid — which is what it was intended to do.


20 posted on 07/14/2009 11:58:37 AM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative)
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To: stuartcr

The GOP really needs to clean house of the adulterers, homosexuals, crooks, and drunks. How can the Republicans claim to be a “family values” party when we have such hypocrites as Ensign and Sanford? Yes, the Democrats have plenty of slimy characters - Edwards, Jefferson, Clinton, and Frank come to mind immediately - but they don’t claim to be moral exemplars in the first place. Like it or not, Republicans must be like Caesar’s wife, above reproach.


21 posted on 07/14/2009 1:29:32 PM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: Wallace T.

Good points.....Ensign needs to go now. I think some on here do not understand that the Dems will trash Ensign to all get up.....Ensign will not win.

Because family values are such a big issue with the GOP voters....not with the fiscal liberals...Ensign is toast. Too many will stay home election day if he is the nomination.

The GOP needs a good political cleansing....immediately. It is filled with liberals and hypocrites


22 posted on 07/14/2009 2:40:25 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (America First: A Globalist's Two Least Favorite Words)
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To: Wallace T.

Well, since the odds are they will not become above reproach, they should try to be less hypocritical.


23 posted on 07/14/2009 7:23:46 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: beachandmountains
Not a relief. The exact opposite. If he resigned, a Conservative would have ran in his place and most likely won. Now this seat may be another one down the drain. He has a lot of explaining to do to the voters. Perhaps he can pull it off, but its going to drain resources that the GOP could have spent elsewhere.
24 posted on 07/14/2009 9:23:34 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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