Cross John Ensign Off of the 2012 Hopeful List

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane report that the junior senator from Nevada, the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, will admit that he had an extramarital affair.

Two senior GOP political strategists, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter, said the announcement was imminent. They declined to say with whom Ensign had the affair.

Eleven years ago, Ensign voted to impeach President Bill Clinton on two counts related to the cover-up of his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Five years ago, Ensign took to the floor of the Senate and said this:

Marriage recognizes the ideal of a father and mother living together to raise their children. Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded. For those who say that the Constitution is so sacred that we cannot or should not adopt the Federal Marriage Amendment, I would simply point out that marriage, and the sanctity of that institution, predates the American Constitution and the founding of our nation. Marriage, as a social institution, predates every other institution on which ordered society in America has relied.

We’ll know later if he said this before or after his affair, although Cillizza and Kane note that Ensign took a short, mysterious absence from work in 2002.

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25 Comments

Parlo
Comment posted June 16, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

It's a sad day for hypocritical Republicans across the land.


Tim Robison
Comment posted June 16, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

Not to excuse the Senators actions but he is hardly a hypocrite for voting for impeaching President Clinton. In that case he was voting to impeach on the the Presidents perjury attempting to cover up his affair. Ensign's announcement today precludes the Senator from such action.


CurtJ
Comment posted June 16, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

Hypocricy and bigotry is the legacy of the new Republican Party. When the Democrats reluctantly adopted the American Civil Rights Act in the 1960's, the racially intolerant “Dixiecrats” jumped over to the Republican Party. Their greed, avarice and racism attracted the so called Neo Conservatives. They took over the Republican Party so slick the Dixiecrats didn't know they were snookered and rendered irrelevant. The Neo Cons knew they had to attract voters so they used the Religious Idiots hypocrisy and bigotry to create a series of wedge issues to attract their vote.
What is the definition of the word Colonialism? Look it up and see if it had anything to do with the murder of 3,000 American Citizens on 9/11. The American gov't is composed of the Neo Con owned conglomerates and their bought off Republican, Democratic and Independent Legislators who are being yanked around on their puppet strings by their Corporate masters. Ever since Reagan, the Neo Cons have gained a foothold in our gov't, and each Republican Administration ends up with more and more Neo Cons imbedded in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of our gov't. Colonialism is the invasion and occupation of weaker countries by the European and American gov'ts, at the behest of their Neo Con owned conglomerates, in order to pillage and plunder their natural resources and lands for colonization. Mostly they set up puppet regimes to gain these ends. Along with the enslavement, rape, murder and genocide of the Indigenous People inhabitants. Theft and Murder! And the Conflict of interest and Collusion challenged Legislators like Ensign enabling this are just as guilty of theft and murder as the Neo Cons who are exploiting the weaker countries.


FrequentPoster
Comment posted June 16, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

Delicious! Ensign was not only one of the nutcases who called for Bill Clinton's resignation, but he accumulated quite a bunch of statements about the “sanctity” of marriage. But hey, he's a born-again Christian, and we all know that this is a free pass to do anything you want! Ha!


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Yinzer
Comment posted June 16, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

I got your 2012 ticket right here: John Ensign and Diaper Dave Vitter. Vote Sleazy/Stinky 2012!!!


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Mike_Licht
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 8:07 am

John Ensign is a veterinarian. Is “Neuter and Spay the Only Way”?

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/…


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Chris R
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

There seems to be a lot of whining about how he is being labeled a Republican on the networks.

I guess the reason the topic is being raised at all is because of the hypocrisy of these so-called social/family value conservatives.

I'm going to stop there.

I am glad that he reconciled with his wife and has gotten counseling. In that respect, I wish him the best.


Ronk
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

It is too bad that conservatives need to run on a platform of family values. If it weren't for that, it wouldn't be such a big deal.

It just seems unreasonable that he would publicly promote the sanctity of marriage while in private disregarding all that he stands for.

He is weak and shallow and should never be allowed to run this country.


Bill
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

Why is it the overwhelming majority of these sexual exploits are by Republicans?
Power? Repression? I don't get it.


TeddySanFran
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

Cross him off?

He's just trying to qualify for the race!

Rudi, McCain, Newt — c'mon, The HairDo just wanted to be sure the GOP knew he could play with the big boys.


Chris R
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

There seems to be a lot of whining about how he is being labeled a Republican on the networks.

I guess the reason the topic is being raised at all is because of the hypocrisy of these so-called social/family value conservatives.

I'm going to stop there.

I am glad that he reconciled with his wife and has gotten counseling. In that respect, I wish him the best.


Ronk
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

It is too bad that conservatives need to run on a platform of family values. If it weren't for that, it wouldn't be such a big deal.

It just seems unreasonable that he would publicly promote the sanctity of marriage while in private disregarding all that he stands for.

He is weak and shallow and should never be allowed to run this country.


Bill
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

Why is it the overwhelming majority of these sexual exploits are by Republicans?
Power? Repression? I don't get it.


TeddySanFran
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 1:49 am

Cross him off?

He's just trying to qualify for the race!

Rudi, McCain, Newt — c'mon, The HairDo just wanted to be sure the GOP knew he could play with the big boys.


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jjoh
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

As a Democrat, I am willing to let any act of adultery slide from Democrat or Republican government officials provided such an individual was not out there condemning others for being an adulterer. Ensign is a hypocrite. Let's face it. This is the same guy who called on Clinton to resign and called Larry Craig a “disgrace”. Well, if you live in a glass house and begin throwing stones, expect someone to throw stones at your house.


Clear Vision
Comment posted July 9, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

Another republi-thug DOUCHE bad piece of excrement ASSHOLE !!! Gop family “values” = whatever gets their dicks hard. All a bunch of spineless power mad LOSERS !!!


Event Planner Bay Area
Comment posted September 17, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

Not to excuse the Senators actions but he is hardly a hypocrite for voting for impeaching President Clinton. In that case he was voting to impeach on the the Presidents perjury attempting to cover up his affair. Ensign's announcement today precludes the Senator from such action.


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