View Full Version : General Politics Another member of the evil spawn party bites the dust

Mr. Laz
04-21-2011, 05:38 PM
Nevada Sen. John Ensign to resign

<table cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td> http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2011-04/343345860-21151010.jpg Sen. John Ensign of Nevada (Alex Brandon, AP)

By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau April 21, 2011, 3:50 p.m.

Nevada Sen. John Ensign, facing an ethics investigation stemming from an affair with a campaign aide, will resign his seat on Friday, his office announced Thursday afternoon.

The Republican had announced in March that he would not seek a third term in 2012, saying he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" campaign.

The decision now to resign with more than 20 months left in his term would spare him prosecution by the Senate Ethics Committee, which in February named a special counsel to investigate potential violations of ethics rules and federal law.

"While I stand behind my firm belief that I have not violated any law, rule, or standard of conduct of the Senate, and I have fought to prove this publicly, I will not continue to subject my family, my constituents, or the Senate to any further rounds of investigation, depositions, drawn out proceedings, or especially public hearings," Ensign said in a statement. "For my family and me, this continued personal cost is simply too great."

Ensign will formally submit a letter of resignation to Vice President Biden -- also president of the Senate -- on Friday.

Two Nevada members of Congress -- Democrat Shelley Berkley and Republican Dean Heller -- have already entered the race to succeed Ensign. Nevada's new Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, could potentially appoint Heller to replace Ensign, giving him the potential advantage of incumbency in what both parties expect to be one of the cycle's premiere races.

A spokesman for Sandoval said the governor has not yet been notified of the senator's decision.

Democrats hold a slim 53-47 majority in the Senate, and consider the Nevada seat one of their top pickup opportunities.

Appointing Heller would also trigger a special election in his 2nd district seat. Sharron Angle, who lost to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010, has announced her intention to seek that seat next fall.

In February, the Senate Ethics Committee named a special counsel to investigate claims that Ensign violated ethics rules and federal law in the aftermath of his affair with Cynthia Hampton, a campaign aide married to Douglas Hampton, another Ensign aide and close friend of the senator.

Ensign acknowledged the affair in 2009, after Douglas Hampton threatened to go public. The senator later acknowledged that his parents had paid Cynthia and Douglas Hampton $96,000 after Douglas Hampton left his job in the senator's office.

The Hamptons have suggested the payment was severance, but liberal critics have termed it an improper campaign contribution to Ensign by his parents. Ensign called the payment a gift.

When asked in March whether his decision not to seek re-election was driven by the Ethics Committee investigation, he said: "If I was concerned about that, I would resign."


Copyright 2011, Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/)

Dave Lane
04-21-2011, 05:41 PM
Actually he seemed more moderate than the recent mad dogs.

04-21-2011, 06:27 PM
Evil spawn party?

04-21-2011, 06:45 PM
Evil spawn party?Just a guess, Ensign must be the offspring of Cheney. Or something.

04-21-2011, 07:01 PM
I thought he was a Republican.

Baby Lee
04-21-2011, 07:37 PM
Wah, they insinuated that socialist proposals might be socialist. What's with all the hatred?

Mr. Laz
04-21-2011, 08:20 PM
I thought he was a Republican.ROFL

Chief Henry
04-21-2011, 10:15 PM
I wonder how Ted Kennedy never had this happen to him ? Spawn would describe ol Ted very accurately

04-22-2011, 06:56 AM
I wonder how Ted Kennedy never had this happen to him ? Spawn would describe ol Ted very accurately

All he did was kill some girl. It's not like he had sex with her or anything.

Chief Henry
04-22-2011, 09:27 AM
All he did was kill some girl. It's not like he had sex with her or anything.

Someday someone should write a book on how many women Ol Ted brought to the Kennedy compound.

04-22-2011, 09:51 AM
Well, at least he was cheating on his wife with a woman. That's unusual...usually its republican gay sex. So he'd probably get re-elected.

Chief Henry
04-22-2011, 10:39 AM
[QUOTE=gblowfish;7584331]Well, at least he was cheating on his wife with women. {/QUOTE]