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Ensign Acknowledges Mistress Payment



Nevada Sen. John Ensign has acknowledged his parents gave his mistress nearly $100,000. AP Photo by Ron Edmonds

Nevada Sen. John Ensign has acknowledged that his parents paid his mistress and her family $96,000 in April 2008, according to a statement made by his attorney moments ago.

"After the Senator told his parents about the affair, his parents decided to make the gifts out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time," said Paul Coggins, counsel to Ensign.

Coggins added that Ensign never used official money or campaign funds to make the payments. "None of the gifts came from campaign or official funds nor were they related to any campaign or official duties," said Coggins. "Senator Ensign has complied with all applicable laws and Senate ethics rules."

Ensign's father, Mike, is a well-heeled casino executive, having left his post as chairman of the Mandalay Resort Group in 2005. Ensign's father took $29 million in stock options when he left in 2005 and two years earlier had cashed out $103 million worth of stock.

Ensign's acknowledgment comes less than 24 hours after Jon Ralston, the king of Nevada political reporters, sat down with Doug Hampton -- the husband of Ensign's mistress -- who made a string of allegations including that Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn had tried unsuccessfully to force Ensign to end the affair.

Ensign has insisted he has no plans to resign his office, telling the Las Vegas Sun today that "I always planned on serving and working hard -- working harder than I ever worked -- and I'm going to continue to do that."

As we have written before (in relation to one Mark Sanford), stories like this one often spiral out of control of the person at the center of the storm. Ensign had weathered the initial bad press surrounding his affair but this detail may be too much.

Much more to come....

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2009; 3:25 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Where does the GOP find all these guys with the incredibly symmetrical faces?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 10, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Chris:
Thank you so much for the link to part 1 of the "Face-to-Face" interview on News1.
There is so much more to this story than is let on by what is dribbling out to the press, it is amazing.
Please post the link to part 2 when it becomes available.
This story, with its involvment with the Religious Right group from C Street is creepy; it raises hackles on the back of my neck.
What are these Congressmen in C Street involved in?
Who are the Congressmen staying at C Street?
This blows the lid off of a very nefarious movement infiltrating Congress.
Scary.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | July 10, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The side connections to this may prove to be an interesting story. Ensign, Coburn, and others in Congress are connected through the Fellowship Foundation, aka the Family, and the C Street center. It sounds harmless at first, but the details are troubling.

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At first they sound rather benign but as one reads further about them it's pretty obvious that this is a shadowy and suspicious organization, making deals that really ought not to be made outside public scrutiny.

We have enough experience with fundamentalists and their open-armed tolerance for dictators to feel the hackles raise when we hear about "Christian conservatives" in government making deals and casually invoking Hitler.

Brrr.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 10, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

He's a boner, um I mean, goner ...

Posted by: edfunk1 | July 10, 2009 4:09 AM | Report abuse

The side connections to this may prove to be an interesting story. Ensign, Coburn, and others in Congress are connected through the Fellowship Foundation, aka the Family, and the C Street center. It sounds harmless at first, but the details are troubling.

It seems that the Family styles itself a secret group, with a covert political agenda. Needless to say, it's problematic to have members of Congress pursuing secret agendae, instead of the interests of the voters. Some of the same members who objected to Justice Sotomayor's past membership in a race-related women's organization are themselves pursuing secret goals of their own.

We need to know where our legislators' loyalties lie. There's nothing wrong with any agenda the voters choose to support, but law written in pursuit of secret objectives is exactly the kind of corrupt action all the other anti-corruption laws are supposed to prevent.

Legislators are supposed to be accountable to their constituents, not to secret clubs with covert radical agendae. The political conflicts-of-interest hidden in the Family members' secrecy make their political reliability, their loyalty to their oaths and offices, suspect.

We may have a lot more house cleaning to do in Congress.

Posted by: lonquest | July 10, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

If anyone wants to try it ... free scripting host at lua.org
==
local Begin, Middle, End, Extra

Begin = {}
Middle = {}
End = {}
Extra = {}

Begin [1] = "A public option in health care reform"
Begin [2] = "Curbing CO2 emissions"
Begin [3] = "Gay marriage"
Begin [4] = "Public funding of stem cell research"
Begin [5] = "Immigration reform that doesn’t include mass deportations"
Begin [6] = "Talking with our adversaries"
Begin [7] = "Releasing the report/study/memo/photos"
Begin [8] = "Restoring Clinton-era tax rates on multi-millionaires"
Begin [9] = "Enacting tighter regulations in the financial sector"
Begin [10] = "Investigating enhanced interrogation techniques"
Begin [11] = "Closing down offshore tax loopholes"
Begin [12] = "Actually listening to ordinary Americans"
Begin [13] = "Anything President Obama does"

Middle [1] = "tear at the fabric of"
Middle [2] = "have a chilling effect on"
Middle [3] = "ignite a firestorm of woe upon"
Middle [4] = "erode the foundation of"
Middle [5] = "wreak incalculable havoc on"
Middle [6] = "lead us down a dark and dangerous path toward destroying"
Middle [7] = "lead us down a slippery slope on the way to bankrupting"
Middle [8] = "plunge a dagger into the very heart of"
Middle [9] = "unleash destruction on"
Middle [10] = "tear a giant hole in"
Middle [11] = "break the back of"
Middle [12] = "have devastating consequences on"
Middle [13] = "forever doom"


End [1] = "our society"
End [2] = "this great nation"
End [3] = "our national security"
End [4] = "the family structure"
End [5] = "small businesses"
End [6] = "democracy as we know it"
End [7] = "our children!"
End [8] = "our children's children!"
End [9] = "our children's children's children!"
End [10] = "the Judeo Christian values on which this country was founded"
End [11] = "the Homeland/Fatherland/Motherland"
End [12] = "everything we hold sacred"
End [13] = "our ability to prevent the socialists from taking over our vital institutions"
End [14] = "My chances of getting re-elected"

Extra [1] = "Just wait---you'll see! And then you'll come crawling back to me!"
Extra [2] = "I weep for my country!"
Extra [3] = "My people don't want to secede from the U.S., but...we may have no choice."
Extra [4] = "This is the worst thing that's happened in the history of the world!"
Extra [5] = "It's time to start stocking up on food and water. And gunnnnns."
Extra [6] = "Gosh darn it!"
Extra [7] = "Also!!!"

local c = 4

while true do
local str = Begin [math.random(table.maxn(Begin))]
.. " will "
.. Middle [math.random(table.maxn(Middle))]
.. " "
.. End [math.random(table.maxn(End))]

if math.random(0, 1) == 0 then
str = str .. " " .. Extra [math.random(table.maxn(Extra))]

print (str .. "\n")

end
end
==

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 10, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Got it, the linux version anyway .. I'll copy it over to a Window machine and compile a Windows version

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 10, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

chrisfox8,
Sounds good. I see little JakeD is still crying in his beer over Failin Palin.

Posted by: DrainYou | July 10, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

DrainYou: I'm going to write a little Lua program to emit these. I'll turn it into an EXE and put it on my FTP site.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 10, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Hey Kids, do you want to grow up to be a fear-mongering knuckle-dragging Republican like John Ensign?


Here's how you do it---the GOP knows how to scream "Danger!!!" better than anyone. But how do they do it so effectively? It's simple, really, and you, too, can convince people they should be scared of their own shadow. Just pick a phrase from List A, another from List B, and one from List C. Here...try it:


List A
----------
A public option in health care reform
Curbing CO2 emissions
Gay marriage
Public funding of stem cell research
Immigration reform that doesn’t include mass deportations
Talking with our adversaries
Releasing the report/study/memo/photos
Restoring Clinton-era tax rates on multi-millionaires
Enacting tighter regulations in the financial sector
Investigating "enhanced interrogation techniques"
Closing down offshore tax loopholes
Actually listening to ordinary Americans
Anything President Obama does


Will...


List B
----------
Tear at the fabric of
Have a chilling effect on
Ignite a firestorm of woe upon
Erode the foundation of
Wreak incalculable havoc on
Lead us down a dark and dangerous path toward destroying
Lead us down a slippery slope on the way to bankrupting
Plunge a dagger into the very heart of
Unleash destruction on
Tear a giant hole in
Break the back of
Have devastating consequences on
Forever doom


List C
---------
Our society
This great nation
Our national security
The family structure
Small businesses
Democracy as we know it
Our children!
Our children's children!
Our children's children's children! (etc.)
The Judeo Christian values on which this country was founded
The Homeland/Fatherland/Motherland
Everything we hold sacred
Our ability to prevent the socialists from taking over
Our vital institutions
My chances of getting re-elected


And, if you're feeling frisky, you can add a scary rhetorical flourish from list D.


List D
--------
Just wait---you'll see! And then you'll come crawling back to me!
I weep for my country!
My people don't want to secede from the U.S., but...we may have no choice.
This is the worst thing that's happened in the history of the world!
It's time to start stocking up on food and water. And gunnnnns.
Gosh darn it!
Also!!!


See? It's easy! And with a little practice you, too, can put yourself on a dark and dangerous slippery slope of woe as a Republican doomsayer. Not sure why you'd want to, but it's always nice to have options in this uncertain economy.

Posted by: DrainYou | July 9, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox8, keeping up the good fight, wrote

"Republican" = human being acting shamelessly in [his] own self-interest, sexually, economically, politically."

(quoting a previous post), and added


.. and sneering with derision at anyone who believes anyone should act any other way

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Yep. It's hard not to become so jaded, arguing with these folks, that you just give up.

I suspect that that may be their game.

No one died and left me in charge of anything, but I hope people who can see through Glen Beck will keep posting here.

Today's Republican party thrives on this axis of evil: Drudge, Rush, Beck, Fox.

Things aren't going to get better until elections prove that those voices are a minority.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | July 9, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

The last I recall, Obama is spending billions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Didn't he promise to withdraw our troops?

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Yes he did.

Tell me, which would you rather .. a man who sticks to his earlier position with no regard for new information, or a man who is willing to change his mind and his approach when he learns new things (for example, when he has presidential clearances)?

I'm VERY unhappy with a lot Obama has done, and left undone.

But I think you would be excoriating him no matter what he did, because he's not a f*cking Republican.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"Republican" = human being acting shamelessly in [his] own self-interest, sexually, economically, politically.

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.. and sneering with derision at anyone who believes anyone should act any other way

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I would like to make sure I've got this straight.

Does a Republican like Dodgers1 want reasonable people to believe that Barack Obama is responsible for the fact that the USA has troops in Iraq and Afghanistan?

I know that disingenuous Republicans want to convince mentally challenged people that our President is responsible for the economic mess he inherited from his Republican predecessor, but this is the first Republican sally in the direction of foreign policy that I've laid eyes on.

"Republican" = human being acting shamelessly in their own self-interest, sexually, economically, politically.

Bank on it.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | July 9, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Chrisfox8: Not only did you go to private schools, I'm sure you went to Harvard, too. The last I recall, Obama is spending billions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Didn't he promise to withdraw our troops? Bush's deficit of $500 billion is nowhere near Obama's deficit of $1800 billion. I'm glad to hear you can read and write. You should be proud.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | July 9, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

You can read about this anywhere; however since you have a public education, I'm not sure you can read.

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I went to private schools.

Not only can I read, I can write.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to hear you agree. Isn't about time Ted was investigated by the Senate? It's too late to prosecute him, but wouldn't be nice to get the truth out for a change?

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He's dying. Give him a break.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Under Bush, the deficit was $500 billion.

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Continuing the fiction that the wars are off the books, huh?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Chrisfox8 said, "Everyone I know, and all my friends were of course politically like-minded, excoriated Kennedy for the delay, because prompt action might have saved her life."

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I'm glad to hear you agree. Isn't about time Ted was investigated by the Senate? It's too late to prosecute him, but wouldn't be nice to get the truth out for a change?

Posted by: Dodgers1 | July 9, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Chrisfox8 said, "Obama will have to get up a LOT earlier in the morning to match Bush on deficit creatin'

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Under Bush, the deficit was $500 billion. Under Obama, it's $1800 billion (1.8 trillion). Please read something reliable.
You can read about this anywhere; however since you have a public education, I'm not sure you can read.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | July 9, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

If you consider getting drunk at a party and driving off a bridge to be an accident, then so be it. He was known for drinking alcohol and even admitted to drinking most of his adult life, in excess. It took him 12 hours after he killed Mary Jo before it was reported to the police (something easy to find on the internet from reliable sources). If he was not guity, why did the Kennedy family pay off Mary Jo's parents? Please read something historical and accurate for a change. Jon Stewart at Comedy Central does not qualify.

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Again with the Comedy Central.

Go punch a wall and get it over with, would you?

I remember when MJK died in Kennedy's car, and if you think liberals immediately bent over to forgive and forget, you should stop listening to Rush and the rest of those lying cretins.

Everyone I know, and all my friends were of course politically like-minded, excoriated Kennedy for the delay, because prompt action might have saved her life.

The phrase "pond scum" got tossed around a lot.

You don't know what the hell you're talking about.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Does a 1.8 trillion dollar deficit ring a bell?

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Obama will have to get up a LOT earlier in the morning to match Bush on deficit creatin'

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

douglaslbarber said, "It's not clear to me why "hard left liberal" is a criticism."

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Does a 1.8 trillion dollar deficit ring a bell? How about leaving our children and grandchildren with a hugh debt to pay off?
How about telling everyone we're going to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and then deciding to wait? How about the American soldiers that are continuing to die? How about a 9.5% unemployment rate? When Obama lies, the economy dies. When Obama lies, another American soldier dies. THAT is the problem with hard left liberals.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | July 9, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey, typee 123:

If you consider getting drunk at a party and driving off a bridge to be an accident, then so be it. He was known for drinking alcohol and even admitted to drinking most of his adult life, in excess. It took him 12 hours after he killed Mary Jo before it was reported to the police (something easy to find on the internet from reliable sources). If he was not guity, why did the Kennedy family pay off Mary Jo's parents? Please read something historical and accurate for a change. Jon Stewart at Comedy Central does not qualify.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | July 9, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

correction: (gift limit is $12,000 not $24K). So each of Ensign's parents gave $12,000 to each of the Hamptons. $12K x 2 x 4 = $96,000.00. No tax liabilities for either party within those limits.

Posted by: rcripe | July 9, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

It's not clear to me why "hard left liberal" is a criticism.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | July 9, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

"Ted Kennedy was never asked to resign"...why do you bloggers just make up history. Look at the papers from that time, many constituents, Republican Congressman and Senators, newspapers across the country were asking the question..why doesn't Ted resign...this is the end of his political career. Folks, at least try and be honest when blogging.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | July 9, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Dodgers1....the big difference between Kennedy and Ensign is that the Republicans have taken on the mantle of the "family values" and "Christian Right" party. Ensign, Gingrich, and Sanford were the first to step up and criticize Clinton and demand resignation! Yet, these weasals think they shouldn't have to do the same when confronted with THEIR adultery. We call that hypocricy..Republican Hypocricy. You don't hear any of the Kennedy's screaming for someone to be impeached. That's the Hypocritical Republicans job....Livingston, Barr, Baer,
Hyde, Vitter, Craig, Burton, Gingrich, Ensign, Sanford, Thurmond, Dole, McCain....

Posted by: logcabin1836 | July 9, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

But this is Las Vegas right?
Who hasnt paid for sex in Las Vegas? (at least for fun).

There are alot of surprising things that go on in Las Vegas, this isnt one of them. So long as business gets done! (Business business, not funny business.)

Posted by: jabberwolff | July 9, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Ensign says "I didn't pay hush money to keep this affair quiet, mommy and daddy did though"......I guess whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas providing mommy and daddy have plenty of cash.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | July 9, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Chrisfox8: You're a typical hard left liberal. Liberals are unable to have a discussion over the facts.

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You mean facts like "nobody said Teddy Kennedy should resign?"

There were plenty of such demands.

Typical Republican, wouldn't even cross your mind to not lie.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Chrisfox8: You're a typical hard left liberal. Liberals are unable to have a discussion over the facts. Instead, they engage in name calling. Maybe you should read the news for your information rather than watching Comedy Central.

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To you guys everyone to the left of Gengnis Khan is "hard left." That's why nobody takes your characterization of the media seriously.

You're talking about the same news media who carried eight years of White House lies as straight news. Yeah, "hard left." Go suck eggs.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, dodgers1

"Ted is a Democrat. Ensign is a Republican. That, and only that, is the reason why the liberal media wants Ensign to resign." I am happy to report that this quote is true. And by the way "Ted drove off a bridge and killed her is stoopit"; she was killed in an accident.

Posted by: typee123 | July 9, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Chrisfox8: You're a typical hard left liberal. Liberals are unable to have a discussion over the facts. Instead, they engage in name calling. Maybe you should read the news for your information rather than watching Comedy Central.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | July 9, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Follow the money - as usual, the money will lead us right to the poop. Did Captain pay his dad 96k large? You can run, but you can't hide. Bad boys, Bad boys - what they gonna do when they capture you? Bad boys, bad boys...

Posted by: DontGetIt | July 9, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Follow the money - as usual, the money will lead us right to the poop. Did Captain pay his dad 96k large? You can run, but you can't hide. Bad boys, Bad boys - what they gonna do when they capture you? Bad boys, bad boys...

Posted by: DontGetIt | July 9, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

So what!! The Kennedy family paid off Mary Jo kopeckne's family after Ted drove off a bridge and killed her. In this case, nobody died. Ted was never asked to resign and Ensign is being pushed to resign by the liberals in the media. As it turns out, Ted is a Democrat. Ensign is a Republican. That, and only that, is the reason why the liberal media wants Ensign to resign.

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Ensign demanded that Bill Clinton resign for a lousy BJ.

"The liberals in the media." Your mom should wash your mouth out with soap. Every newspaper in the country has a "Business" section, I'll start worrying about "liberals in the media" when they start carrying a "Labor" section too.

Go back to sleep, troll.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

So what!! The Kennedy family paid off Mary Jo kopeckne's family after Ted drove off a bridge and killed her. In this case, nobody died. Ted was never asked to resign and Ensign is being pushed to resign by the liberals in the media. As it turns out, Ted is a Democrat. Ensign is a Republican. That, and only that, is the reason why the liberal media wants Ensign to resign.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | July 9, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

God, you neocons are such total losers. Ensign's mommy and daddy paid hush money. We laugh and laugh at you weenies.

Posted by: euroguy | July 9, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

HYPOCRITE FUNDAMENTALIST NEOCON POLITICIAN.

I

Posted by: onestring | July 9, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

So what!! The Kennedy family paid off Mary Jo kopeckne's family after Ted drove off a bridge and killed her. In this case, nobody died. Ted was never asked to resign and Ensign is being pushed to resign by the liberals in the media. As it turns out, Ted is a Democrat. Ensign is a Republican. That, and only that, is the reason why the liberal media wants Ensign to resign.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | July 9, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, as far as we know George the Worst never cheated on Laura, and look at what he did to our country. Maybe letting these guys vent a little steam on the side is a good thing.

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But Bush is at heart a sadist, and he was getting plenty of gratification having people killed in Iraq, just as he did signing death warrants while Governor.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of the bum !

Posted by: hclark1 | July 9, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I guess maybe I could understand it more if the Senator's father simply wrote one check for $96,000 or paid cash; I don't care which. But what - again the smell test - smells is that a payment was made by the Senator's father to the husband and the wife and to child one and child two, each check to maximum allowed under law in order that the money need not be declared because it's a gift (a financial gift cannot exceed a certain amount without being taxed). And, the Senator's mother makes identical gifts to the identical people - again to the maximum amount allowed without tax implications. I'm sorry but it simply smells.

dungarees@gmail.com

Posted by: Dungarees | July 9, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Paying hush money is complying with all applicable rules?

This is the intervention the husband asked the Christian prayer group to provide. How is paying hush money related to their spiritual goals?

The guy is a crud. The husband is an opportunist/blackmailer. They deserve each other.

Posted by: fmjk | July 9, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse


On the other hand, as far as we know George the Worst never cheated on Laura, and look at what he did to our country. Maybe letting these guys vent a little steam on the side is a good thing.

Posted by: dotellen | July 9, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

revbookburn wrote: "The Producer of our show said Ensign can have his wife for only $95,000."

If this gets out to the wives, hordes of married men bearing torches and pitchforks may descend upon your studio.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | July 9, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of this conservative liar.

Posted by: dudh | July 9, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

This guy needs to be out of all public offices. He can go back to his fellow hypocrites in "Promise Keepers." The Producer of our show said Ensign can have his wife for only $95,000. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | July 9, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

This sounds like some old-time "badger" game that the Mr. and Mrs. ran on Sen. Ensign. There are other reports Mr. amd Mrs. wanted "millions." But 95K's not bad. Not Madoff-ian, but not bad.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 9, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Had I seen him decked out in that shiny pink tie I could have told you the man was trouble.

Ta-ta for now, Senator.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | July 9, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

thank god for mommy and daddy

if they didn't bail our "self-reliant" scumbag

who would?

Posted by: mikepatrick1 | July 9, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Love the pic: Sen. Max Headroom.

Posted by: mattintx | July 9, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Why are either men still with their wives?

Posted by: pgfendos | July 9, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks mommy and daddy!

- From 51 year-old Senator

Posted by: sgtpepper23 | July 9, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks mommy and daddy!!!

Posted by: sgtpepper23 | July 9, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I can't even make a cute comment on this one.

Posted by: mosthind | July 9, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

It's the stance of the religious group he's affiliated with that no matter what you do, you don't resign. Ensign has been living in a church owned by The Family. Sanford is also affiliated with the group. He won't go, and I suppose this will be the norm from here on out because many elected officials, both Democrat and Republican, are affiliated with the cult.

Posted by: brainfart007 | July 9, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

He paid her off to shut her up. That much is abundantly obvious.

Posted by: davidscott1 | July 9, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

After the Senator told his parents about the affair, his parents decided to make the gifts out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time.."

Gee. What a nice guy. Here I'd have thought the little weasel was paying them hush money.

Posted by: davidscott1 | July 9, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Tell me Eliot Spitzer isn't kicking himself. Sen. Vitter of LA admitted to consorting with prostitutes in DC. No resignation. Ensign and Sanford have affairs, which include payoffs for Ensign and strange disappearances for Sandford. No resignations. Larry Craig is arrested for soliciting. No resignation. What are the common threads? Those non-resigners are moralizers and family values folks, as well as Republicans.
Posted by: Babar1
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Ted Kennedy slept around with many women and then one night drove off a bridge killing a woman, which he didn't report till the next day. No resignation. Bill Clinton had sex in the White House with an intern which he perjured himself about under oath during a sexual harassment suit by another woman against hime. No resignation. Marion Barry slept around, caught doing crack in a sting operation convicted, recently charged with not paying his taxes. No resignation. In fact ran again was relected mayor and is still in politics. What are the common threads? Those non-resigners are Democrats and while maybe not family values folks are certainly a lot more colorful than the Repubs...

Posted by: sovine08 | July 9, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

i am quite literally jumping up and down with joy as i watch the party of HYPOCRASY U. BEGIN TO CRUMBLE LIKE THE WALLS OF JERICHO. will bill o'reilly or rush limbaugh soon self immolate as they begin to see their self-absorbed attempts at brainwashing the american public into believing that theirs is the path to self righteousness and the afterlife? or will they and the rest of their ilk simply begin to shed their skins to reveal to all of us that yes! there is alien life on our planet!! my enemies are even now tossing their o'reilly coffee mugs from their high rise condominium garden decks in protest against the invisible forces who have betrayed not only them but all the people who really believed that they were wading through milk and honey instead of b------t. but oh well!! it was a good run. one can only hope that they have a good retirement plan. they're gonna need it!!

Posted by: wa_idaho_lonewolf | July 9, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The plot sickens....

Posted by: mosthind | July 9, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

WOW! That was an expensive piece of pie. No doubt the mistress's hubby made good use of it.

Unreal.... Stop the world, I wanna get off.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | July 9, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, the "gift" scenario explains the odd amount of money, but that means Ensign's mother had to give "gifts" to his mistress's family as well. And 48K was given to the kids? Love to see where that money ended up! College funds? I don't think so.
"Kids, we're paying for college with the money your Mom earned working overtime." Big smile. Time for a bath.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 9, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure its' been said already, but $100k... !!! She must be better than your average Las Vegas "Lady". I feel like I just fell off a turnip truck.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 9, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought I could not care one whit about this but I'm fascinated with and find hilarious the comment from Senator Engsin's counsel, Paul Coggins, who said, "
"None of the gifts came from campaign or official funds nor were they related to any campaign or official duties..."Senator Ensign has complied with all applicable laws and Senate ethics rules."

The Senator was HAVING AN AFFAIR for pete's sake; he was committing adultry. And for that your cousel says he coplied with all laws and ethics rules? Well yeah, maybe about where payment money was coming from. I realize that there's no senate ethics rule on adultry - or there probably isn't, but the Senator hasn't taken the high road by having an affair. And, even if you're saying that his wealthy parents made "gifts out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time...", isn't that stretching it? I could better understand if the Senator made the "gift", but the Senator's parents? I'm sorry; while before I had no more than a passing interest in the story, the story now doesn't pass the smell test. I didn't see that anyone has said the "difficult time" for the family friends was financial; it appears - and here comes the smell test again - like someone is paying off someone to let things remain quiet.

dungarees@gmail.com

Posted by: Dungarees | July 9, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

"he made the payments in multiple $12,000 "gifts" to various family members"


How many family members were written checks? This just gets weirder and weirder. How does that conversation go - "Honey, the Ensigns just sent me a check for 12 grand - what's this for?"

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 9, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Let me see if I have this right:

1) Ensign paid $100,000 to the Hamptons after he had affair with his former staffer's wife

2) he made the payments in multiple $12,000 "gifts" to various family members

3) that year, $12,000 was the maximum amount one could give to someone without them having to pay taxes on it

Now, someone explain to me how this is NOT hush money?

Does he always go around giving random families $100k in $12k allotments??

Another GOP hypocrite politician is exposed.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | July 9, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

And Ensign was a "Promise Keeper".

Another Republican HYPOCRITE claiming to take the high road,
while in reality wallowing in the gutter.

The holier-than-thou 'family values' Republicans are dropping like flies.
GOP...going...going....GONE.

Posted by: ethereal_reality | July 9, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Evidently the "VALUE" of the Ensign and Hampton families is $96,000. The republicans should have "SMELL TESTED" this story before they went with it.


Posted by: bigjonmustafa | July 9, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"After the Senator told his parents about the affair, his parents decided to make the gifts out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time," said Paul Coggins, counsel to Ensign.

Right. Where I come from, that's called hush money.

Posted by: bpai_99 | July 9, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

These pathetic republicans just get weird and weird. Tom Coburn said his conversation with Ensign is protected cause he is a doctor and an ordained deacon.
Peter King has gone mad attacking Jackson, someone flawed in life but brought so much joy to millions and contributed the most money to aid unfortunate people.

Posted by: lhao333 | July 9, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Ensign got his mummy and daddy to make all the bad monsters to go away. More of Republican personal responsiblity baloney, you just need wealthy parents to help with cover-up. Tax free gifts ---- what a joke.

Posted by: merrylees | July 9, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

In a non-partisan way, this story is so much fun!

A grown US Senator runs to daddy.

The payment is a carefully calculated set of gifts multiplying the gift tax exclusion.

The gift tax exclusion is only good if there is no quid pro quo, so I am guessing daddy and mommy will have to explain to IRS that THEY did not get any "quid" or "quo". That may work out for them, and for the innamorata, as well.

Sounds like a movie for the "Lifetime" network to me. Or are there any current TV series about Las Vegas?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 9, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Remind me again what Elliot Spitzer did wrong? And why it was so important that he resign?
Posted by: gmcduluth
______
Paid over $80,000 for prostitutes which is a crime in NY as attorney general and governor. The fact as A.G. he broke up a prostitution ring locking up 18 people for doing what he was also doing kind of put him in a awkward spot...

Posted by: sovine08 | July 9, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I think that picture could be used to frighten small children and cause spontaneous abortions.

And a few heart attacks.

Brrrr, take it down.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

FYI readers: In the U.S., a person can gift $24,000.00 to any individual each year. There are no tax liabilities for the giver or receiver. Usually, parents gift their children to lower eventual estate taxes. In Ensign's case, his father gifted the wife, husband, and two kids each $24K.

Posted by: rcripe | July 9, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh he was hard at work alright.

These folks seem to be telling all because they want money, and because Ensign has paid lots of money before to keep them silent.

The next thing you know, we'll be hearing the details of how and where he did her.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 9, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

95K to Franken to pay for Coleman's ego and now 96K to pay for Ensign's failed affair.

Boss Limbaugh's good for it.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | July 9, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

These GOP straight guys are in such a quandry. They can't get elected without being married. And they can't get any side action from marriage because they always get ratted out. Even the hookers are talking. And they can't get divorced or they'll get cleaned out.

They're droppin' like flies.

Posted by: bandcyuk | July 9, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse


Another expensive little POA.

Posted by: maphound | July 9, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The GOP has totally abandoned its "Family Values" platform in defense of this nut case.

They'll wait until this crack pot brings down the GOP, just like they let Bush do it.

Good, we won't have to worry about any more wacko right wing Republican psychos getting into office.

Posted by: lindalovejones | July 9, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

This was a rapid answer, if not perhaps the one I had asked for, to my comment imploring you to steer clear of yet another of these distasteful adultery stories!

On the other hand, I acknowledge that if Ensign knowingly--and it's clear it would have been near-impossible for him not to be--paid severence money to Mrs. Gibson through his parents--it does have more than a whiff of FINANCIAL impropriety, and is worth both covering and investigating.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 9, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Wolfcastle wrote: I guess the American people just don't care......

NO! American people with VALUES and ETHICS and MORALS care. And when you're dealing with THOSE people you don't have to put them under oath to know that they're telling you the truth and you know that they're living a life that at all levels is honest and above board.
BUT - You don't find those people in the republican party. With republicans it's all about ME ME ME, MINE MINE MINE. Morals be damned, ethics be damned and AMERICA BE DAMNED.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | July 9, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Senator Ensign, Time to get to work for the good people of Nevada. You can start by fulfilling your offer made to help Paul Rupp from Silver Peak NV 89047 with the cover-up By MSHA (Boulder NV Office) and NV Mine Safety and Training Section for unlawful safety violations and wrongful termination. Or maybe you are still convinced that a cab fire in a moving mininig haul truck and false safety records is ok and not a problem? Or am I yet another poor unfortunate casualty of your broken promises? If you intend to stay on the job. . . then by all means. . . do the job. but wait is your phone ringing with messages from Kinross Gold Corp.CEO Tie Burt and NV GOV. Gibbons telling you what a wonderful job you have done by suppressing the truth about safety violations , wrongful termination and coruption in the Nevada Mine Industry and how more lobbying dollars are on the way to protect them-I mean you. . . with all this nasty business? Senator Ensign, Who do you work hard for? Paul W Rupp box 125 Silver Peak, NV 89047

Posted by: silverpeakitis | July 9, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

This is probably the last straw for Fox News. Now they'll probably be putting a "D" instead of an "R" beside his name every time instead of just during his televised apologies.

Posted by: hairguy01 | July 9, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The hilarious part of this story, which is a naked example of hush money being paid to protect Ensign, is that the lawyer's letter asserts two points: one, the money was a gift structured to fit within IRS rules and was both an act of generosity and legal; second, no political funds were involved. Who cares how legally pure the Ensign clan has been in all this? And who cannot roll their eyes at any claim the Ensigns, paragons of charity, were just helping out the mistress and her husband, and had no quid pro quo involved.
The question is why the husband decided to tell all? Is there no honor among scoundrels?

Posted by: gratianus | July 9, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Jeez! What sort of family are the Ensigns?

"Hey Dad, I've got a mistress I wanna payoff can you help me out?"

"Sure son, how does $100,000 sound?"

"Nah, make it $96,000. $100,000 sounds like we're paying her hush money. $96,000 makes it sound like you're making it a gift out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time."

What sort of son involves his parents in his sordid affairs? John Ensign is a schmuck all the way round.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | July 9, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Just another sterling example of those good old fashioned GOP "family values."

Posted by: vztownes | July 9, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Could someone arrange for me to meet Ensign's parents?

Maybe they could adopt me so I could sleep with one of my employees' wives and then collect 100 large.

P.S. I'm a family values type of guy, too.

Posted by: reporter1 | July 9, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

This sordid story connects to another in the WP concerning briefing congress on intelligence matters.

Public figures succumbing to the temptations of the flesh are not uncommon. Being privvy to sensative information, while being vulnerable to blackmail, is another matter entirely.

It's NOT ok for those entrusted with national security issues to allow themselves to be led around by their johnsons. Governors, Senators...WHATEVER.

This isn't about Morality as much as it is about Security and Trust. By their actions, these characters endanger us all.

And, if they have no hesitation in lying to the people who are absolutely the closest to them, what care do they have for mere constituents?

Posted by: joecairo | July 9, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Yawn...the American people don't care about politicians having mistresses. Of course, if you lie under oath about your mistress or if your mistress is a high price hooker that's a bit different.

Posted by: wolfcastle | July 9, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Bow-wow-wow
Yippie-yo
Yippie-Yay!

Posted by: Tomcat3 | July 9, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Hope they file gift tax returns.

Ensign is still just an immature boy, getting his parents to try to bail him out of trouble.

Posted by: michael4 | July 9, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Remind me again what Elliot Spitzer did wrong? And why it was so important that he resign?

Posted by: gmcduluth | July 9, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Dad has more than $150,000,000 and her payoff was $96K? Sounds like the second time she got scr3wed by an Ensign.

Posted by: CJMiva | July 9, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Ignoring the "family values Christian" aspect of this story, $96,000 is an expensive piece of tail for a "fiscal conservative".

Posted by: republicant | July 9, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Watch this video!!!!! This slim ball Ensign makes Mark Stamford seem like a stand up guy. To think that over half of the Republicans in the Senate voted to impeach Clinton makes me sick. Why is Ensign still in the Republican Caucus? What about the roll of the so called Christians Tom Colburn and Rick Santorum in this sleazy mess? Santorum was put out by the voters in 2006, it is time for both Ensign and Colburn to resign.

Posted by: bradcpa | July 9, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Hush money? My my my my my.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 9, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

This is so weird and so wrong on so many levels, but the idea that a 50-year-old United States Senator goes to Mommy and Daddy to pay off his mistress is so absurd it should permanently ban him from polite company, let alone serving in public office.

Posted by: scott_farris | July 9, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

This may be puerile but why do so many Republicans look so weird?

Ensign has the same bizarrely-regular features as Bill Frist, that Hymie-the-Robot look.

That picture is just bizarre.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Vitter, Sanford, Ensign....I thought rich Republican white guys where against paying for a Stimulus package.

Posted by: DrainYou | July 9, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

This gives new meaning to a "sugar daddy"!

Posted by: rdklingus | July 9, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

So he's clearly broken the law. When will he be impeached?

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

After the Senator told his parents about the affair, his parents decided to make the gifts out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time,"

His mommy and daddy bailed him out? What a clown.

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Republicans don't resign.
Get over it.
No Senate ethics rules weren't broken.
Get over it.
Ensign, the first Senator to call for Clinton's resignation, is going no where.
So, get over it.
If you think he's the problem? It's the people of his state who aren't demanding his resignation who are the problem.

Posted by: EndTheSpin | July 9, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Republicans don't resign.
Get over it.
No Senate ethics rules weren't broken.
Get over it.
Ensign, the first Senator to call for Clinton's resignation, is going no where.
So, get over it.
If you think he's the problem? It's the people of his state who aren't demanding his resignation who are the problem.

Posted by: EndTheSpin | July 9, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

It's always the coverup that gets 'em. In this case it's a series of felonies because when you give somebody $96,000 you must pay taxes. When you break it up into smaller checks in order to evade income taxes you've broken the law with each payment.

Posted by: skeetchamp | July 9, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it is worth $100,000 to a well-heeled casino executive to have a Senator for a son who has not been brought down by not practicing that which he preached.

Posted by: SarahBB | July 9, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Senator Ensign, Time to get to work for the good people of Nevada. You can start by fulfilling your offer made to help Paul Rupp from Silver Peak NV 89047 with the cover-up By MSHA (Boulder NV Office) and NV Mine Safety and Training Section for unlawful safety violations and wrongful termination. Or maybe you are still convinced that a cab fire in a moving mininig haul truck is ok and not a problem? Or am I yet another poor unfortunate casualty of your broken promises? If you intend to stay on the job. . . then by all means. . . do the job. Paul W Rupp box 125 Silver Peak, NV 89047

Posted by: silverpeakitis | July 9, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

What a sleazeball.

C'mon mr. ensign, tell us some more about the family values platform of the republican party. Or about how the Promisekeepers influences your life. Lyin' hypocrit.

Posted by: NotFooledTX | July 9, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Well, so what was she paid for the sex between April of 2008 and August of 2008, when the affair ended? Or was the 96K all inclusive?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 9, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Back in 1993, the going rate in Vegas was $1,000,000 for your wife to spend a night with Robert Redford. Guess even for rich Republicans the house prices aren't the only things that have crashed and burned in Nevada...


I keep wondering when HBO or Showtime will develop a 'fictional' series delving into the secret lives of Republican Christian politicians. Diapers, sappy love poems, payoffs, cruising bathroom stalls, sexting with 16 year old boys.


Am I forgetting any juicy plot elements?

Posted by: DrainYou | July 9, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh so THIS is compassionate conservatism- $100k out of "concern" for "family friends". But of course the poor and unemployed in America must pay for their own health insurance, what do you think we're running here, a charity?

Posted by: hairguy01 | July 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow where did you dig up that pic of Max Headroom?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

They paid her in April and the affair went on another four months?!?

Maybe they broke up because she didn't get another payment?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | July 9, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

reason5:

You mean, kind of like the "Blago and Burris" show in IL? You think Gibbons is actually going to last until the election? Dude's got single digit approval ratings ...

Posted by: mnteng | July 9, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

hey dad..can i borrow the car tonight..and could i have $96,000 for gas money...

Posted by: w04equals666 | July 9, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

i guess we know what his family values are..work hard, save your money..and then pay for a whompin' good rompin'.. ..in the sack...a $96,000 dollar whompin' good rompin'.. .. .. ..gee..i can't even imagine what you get when you spend $96,000 on a whompin' good rompin'.. ..i bet his toes curled all the way up past his knees..

Posted by: w04equals666 | July 9, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Born Again Dirtbag Promise Creepers of the Guns Owned Party of War Criminals and Hypocrite Murderers!

Posted by: mawt | July 9, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that they paid the money in April 2008 and Ensign said the affair went on until August 2008?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | July 9, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"The rich are different from you and me."

---- F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Yes, they can afford more mistresses."

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | July 9, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

gee..my parents never paid for sex for me..and i never paid for sex for my kids..were my parents bad parents..was i a bad parent.. .. .. help me spock...i need therapy......

Posted by: w04equals666 | July 9, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Update: Senator Ensign has no plans to leave office. It would destroy everything his parents' payment of the $96,000.00 extortion stood for. On a separate but related note, everyone in the country knows you'll pay more for a piece of ta!l in Nevada than in any other state in the union.

Posted by: Patriot3 | July 9, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

This sleazy crook got his rich dad to pay his mistress $100,000 in payoff money to keep quiet? Are you serious? And this clown is one of the "leaders" of the government? I read this stuff, but still can't believe it.

Posted by: Socialistic | July 9, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza wrote that "Ensign had weathered the initial bad press surrounding his affair but this detail may be too much."

C'mon Chris, don't you know that the House always wins in Vegas?!! Ensign is safe.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | July 9, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

If Ensign resigns, Gov. Gibbons gets to announce his replacement. Does anyone see a problem here? Even if some is really established & clean, if they are appointed by Gibbons it immediately puts an asterick by their name. Anyone appointed by Gibbons is unlikely to get a fair chance. That being said, perhaps Ensign should stay on until 2011 & resign in January 2011. Then the new Governor of Nevada could appoint a US Senator, and that senator could be given a real chance to work for Nevada.

Posted by: reason5 | July 9, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

These Republicans make Spitzer look like a first class act.

Posted by: slim2 | July 9, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse


What a dad Ensign has. The family has lived up to what the Senator has adovocated: family values.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | July 9, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

That's an incredibly frightening picture.

Posted by: Blarg | July 9, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

So this rich-b!tch spoiled brat is resigning when???

Posted by: kw2k | July 9, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Ok, once again what are christian vales ? PS. Where's the flag lapel pin ?

Posted by: whocares666 | July 9, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

How in the world does a grown man even gather himself to say "Mom? Dad? Can you pay my mistress off for me? It'll look bad if I pay her"

He got laid, they got the bill. Won't these kids ever learn?

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | July 9, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"After the Senator told his parents about the affair, his parents decided to make the gifts out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time," said Paul Coggins, counsel to Ensign."

My God, did a 'counsel to Ensign' actually say this? In a public quote, with a straight face??!!

Then it's official, the Republican party thinks that "We the People" are all morons. Perhaps the Nevada electorate is; I've never been there. But the rest of us know what hush-money looks like.

Posted by: bidalah | July 9, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox. I'd like you to explain to everyone how exactly de-regulation caused the financial crisis. If you can string together two sentences that make sense, I'll be surprised.

Posted by: island1

idiot moonbat never responds. unable to find a cut and paste from huff on the topic.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 9, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone in the 'family values party" HAVE have any "family values"?

I take such delight in watching the GOP become the Whig Party of the 21st century.

Bye Bye

Posted by: bobnsri | July 9, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Ensign got his Mommy and Daddy to pay his hush-money to his mistress? Whoo ... that's just creepy. And sad. And weird. I suspect he was trying to find a way for the funds to not be traceable back to him.

Well, I'll give him credit for this: he's clearly not an adept at laundering money. But going to Mommy and Daddy for mistress-payoff money? Don't pull your parents into your mess, Ensign.

Posted by: NW_Washington | July 9, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Well that beats the heck out of my Dad paying my $70 speeding ticket back in '89. Johnny's going to be mowing the lawn for a LONG time.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 9, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Drill baby drill!
Drill baby drill!
Drill baby drill...

But I do hope Sanford is getting the help he needs. Otherwise, he'll be teaching his kids that lesson about King David, again and again.


Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Good for Ensign that his dad has a cool 150 mil to protect his cheating but. Not to mention now we find out that Coburn tried to get him to stop the affair and pay the family off.

I would think Ensign will get a nice note from Sarah Palin thanking him for taking the spotlight away for a few days.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 9, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

This is just "TIP OF THE ICEBERG:, there is more to come. They're giving the "REPUBLICAN BASE", spoonfuls at a time.

Ensign doesn't want to stuff the whole "PLATE", down their throat, not just yet.

We're be getting spoonfuls at a time for at least a couple months.

Posted by: austininc4 | July 9, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Tell me Eliot Spitzer isn't kicking himself. Sen. Vitter of LA admitted to consorting with prostitutes in DC. No resignation. Ensign and Sanford have affairs, which include payoffs for Ensign and strange disappearances for Sandford. No resignations. Larry Craig is arrested for soliciting. No resignation. What are the common threads? Those non-resigners are moralizers and family values folks, as well as Republicans.

Posted by: Babar1 | July 9, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"....working hard" appears to be what got him in trouble in the first place...

Posted by: soonerthought | July 9, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Geez! They kicked Spitzer out for a lousy $4,000!

Posted by: NotBubba | July 9, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Time to resign & plot a political comeback in 2010 v Harry Reid.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 9, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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