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Harry Reid Still Hearts Ensign, and Other Tales

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) isn't exactly shying away from his state's other senator, John Ensign (R), in this time of crisis for the Nevada Republican.

Last night, Reid's spokesman, Jon Summers, deemed the revelation about Ensign's extramarital affair a "very personal matter" and said "Senator Reid's thoughts are with Senator Ensign and his family as they go through this difficult time."

And today the majority leader prominently mentioned Ensign in his regular "Reid Report" e-mail to supporters, which promoted tourism in Nevada and touted legislation he and Ensign are pushing together.

"I am cosponsoring the Travel Promotion Act with Senator Ensign because I know it could bring millions more visitors to our state, potentially creating tens of thousands of new jobs, at no cost to our taxpayers," Reid wrote, adding, "Despite it being our country's largest industry, we do very little overseas to promote travel to the United States. Senator Ensign and I think that's a missed opportunity."

Reid, who Republicans are desperately hoping to knock off in 2010 (even though they still lack a viable GOP contender), remembers the lessons of Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader who became known more for his national profile than for his devotion to South Dakota and wound up losing his reelection bid to now Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). By sticking with Ensign, Reid is clearly sending the message that he's a Nevadan first and foremost ,despite his image as the national Democratic attack dog.

Meanwhile, a link to an old story on Talking Points Memo caught our eye, about how Ensign and other Christian conservative politicians adhere to an unwritten rule against meeting alone with women other than their wives. Clearly, Ensign violated that one.

The story, which appeared in The Washington Post in 1999, said former congressman Steve Largent (R-Okla.), for example, insisted a male staffer be present whenever he met with a woman and that Ensign, who was running for the Senate at that time, "will not be alone in a car with a woman."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 17, 2009; 2:59 PM ET
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Disgusting hypocrite! Not just him, and not just any particular one of our so-called two distinct parties. Generally, it takes an egomaniac to become a national politician and how is such a person going to be true to a spouse?

Liars and scoundrels! Realistically, if any other politician were to slam him, it would only be theater anyway. There is very little difference between the two parties and their personnel. Just opportunities for one to beat the other at opportune moments.

Truth is, this country is just too big to manage and control. Jerks like this know that such a scandal will blow over one day and then they can continue enjoying their millions, in or out of office! Nothing to lose; everything to gain!

Posted by: MikeK3 | June 17, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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