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Ensign affair a shock GOP didn't need?

WASHINGTON – It's just about the last thing the beleaguered Republican Party needed: a Christian conservative with national aspirations admitting to an extramarital affair with an ex-staffer.
Add Nevada Sen. John Ensign's infidelity admission to an ever-growing list of woes for the out-of-power GOP.
One senator's predicament hardly condemns an entire party. But the episode is an unwelcome distraction as the Republicans, their ranks shrinking, seek a turnaround after disastrous losses in consecutive national elections.
Since President Barack Obama took office, Republicans have struggled to counter his popularity and the Democrats' command of Congress.
Federal records showed that she was on his political payroll and received a promotion and a pay raise around the time he said the affair began in late 2007

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:47 PM on Jun. 17, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I stopped expecting perfection from mere humans when Obummer got voted in.


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 10:49 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • Let the voters decide..... NOT the liberal leaning press...

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:53 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • that's funny Grace because you of all people should know that the last perfect man to walk the earth was Christ and he died over 2 thousand years ago - quite some time before Obama I think. So you really shouldn't have been expecting perfection from man before or after our current president.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • I don't expect politicians to be infallible, that includes Rethuglicans..I mean Republicans (That was for my fans)


    It's not illegal to sleep with a staffer, and his morality is not an issue I care to debate. Now if it turns out that he's broken any laws like using campaign or state funds to take out this woman that's a different story.


    I don't see this hurting the Republican Party, infedility is not a nail in any politicians coffin these days, and beides the Right is doing a pretty good job losing voters without the help of  Sen. John Ensign :)


    Answer by SRiveroC at 11:03 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • A former campaign staffer for Sen. John Ensign is confirming her involvement in an extramarital affair.

    Daniel Albregts, a Las Vegas lawyer for the couple, says that Doug and Cindy Hampton confirm that they are the couple Ensign referred to during his news briefing Tuesday.

    Albregts calls it unfortunate that the senator chose to air what the lawyer calls "this very personal matter, especially after the Hamptons did everything possible to keep this matter private."

    The lawyer says the Hamptons will be ready and willing to tell their side of the story at some point in the future.

    Earlier Wednesday, Ensign stepped down as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-ranking GOP position in the Senate. He is not expected to resign from the Senate.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:04 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • 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
    Republicans lost eight seats last November under Ensign's campaign leadership, with one race, in Minnesota, still undecided. The losses put Democrats within one seat of having a 60-40 majority, enough to prevent the GOP from blocking bills and appointments if all of them vote together.

    Ensign is a veterinarian and adopted son of a Nevada casino mogul. He clearly was the most influential Republican in his state as the governor, Jim Gibbons, struggled with a horrendous economy and accusations of infidelity as well.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:06 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • The goop is on it's last corrupt legs. All hail the G-O-O-P.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:10 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • This was posted on the other night.Anyway,I am not really all that surprised look at society today.anon 11:10 the pendulem will swing back always does.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:13 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • I would hardly say it is hurting the Republican party when a new poll out says 56% of the country thinks Obama is not doing the right thing for the country.

    Answer by Scorpio359 at 11:15 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • Sorry that you read that on a Christian site, the actual number is 32%.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:27 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

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