Should we investigate Sen. John Ensign?

United States
June 17, 2009 6:53pm CST
Senator Ensign had an affair with a women that did not work for him, but it appears that her, and her husbands compensation were tied to the affair. According to numbers released today, Cindy Hampton was employed by Sen Ensign's PAC, and his champain committee, he husband also worked for the senator, and their son did as well. The thing that sticks out is the amount of money both made while working for the Senator, and when her son stopped getting checks (when the affair ended). Republicans were up in arms when John Edwards camp may have used PAC and champain money to hide his women. It sounds like Senator Ensign was do the same thing. What do you think?
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@anniepa (27240)
• United States
18 Jun 09
It's too bad they can't investigate and prosecute somebody for hypocrisy. When someone cheats on his or her spouse that's wrong, pure and simple, and it's just as wrong whether they're Democrats or Republicans. However it seems that the Republicans love to judge others and call for their resignations or impeachments for doing what they're doing as they're preaching their "family values" sermon. Senator Ensign once called for President Clinton's resignation and more recently called for the same from Larry Craig, the latter right at the very time his affair was going on. He was also a member of the Promise Keepers who are supposed to advocate men treating their wives well and being faithful. What a HOOT! Annie
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• United States
19 Jun 09
LOL, and you noticed that he has made no attempt to resign, and has said he wouldn't. Cheating on your wife is done on both sides of the isle, but one side wants to claim that they are above it (untill they are caught). I agree it would be interesting to prosecute hypocrisy, most of the republican party would be in jail.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
19 Jun 09
Ensign and his wife were separated at the time of the affair. Cindy Hampton wasn't separated from her husband (the man who is apparently behind the blackmail attempt that led to the public confession). Ensign and his wife have since reconciled, but often people consider separation to be a precursor to divorce. At the time of the affair, Ensign wasn't pretending to be happily married in the public view.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jun 09
When it comes to marital fidelity, that is between a husband and wife. When it comes to public funds, that is another matter indeed. Surely, investigation would mean finding out what the facts are and if there is any impropriety in the handling of funds. Certainly there will be an investigation into the matter. From what I heard, he confessed the affair to avoid being blackmailed. Considering that most public figures would hide it and succumb to extortion, that might be an admirable thing. However, if he was already paying blackmail and he wanted to put an end to it, that's a little less admirable. John Edwards didn't confess until some reporter caught him at a hotel, but then, I don't think he was being blackmailed either. He was running for president and anyone with those kinds of secrets is an easy target for blackmail, I don't want a president who is vulnerable to outside influences like blackmailers. I hadn't heard the details about payment, so I would like to see the results of any investigation so I could know the truth of the matter.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jun 09
Well, I did a bit more investigation myself and it appears that it was the Cindy Hampton's husband who threatened to blackmail the Senator Ensign. The affair took place during a time when Ensign and his wife were separated. When the affair ended, the Hamptons left his campaign - there is no indication they left because he stopped paying them. Ensign and his wife were reconciled after the affair had ended and were separated before it began. It seems I was correct in my initial response. He confessed to the affair to avoid the husband, Doug Hampton, from attempting to blackmail him about the affair. Both Doug and Cindy Hampton worked for Ensign until shortly after the affair ended. When Ensign was approached by Doug Hampton with an extortion attempt, Ensign decided to make a public announcement but did not give out names of the parties involved. The Hamptons identified themselves following that announcement. I was unable to find any reference to any son of the Hamptons working there. I have to say that's there's not much left to investigate, he seems to have told us all there is to tell. I am sure the Hamptons will make up in payments for appearances on talk shows and other television interviews the income that they lost from their failed extortion attempt.
• United States
19 Jun 09
Here is the AP link http://news.aol.com/article/ex-campaign-aide-to-sen-ensign-confirms/529608?cid=12
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
19 Jun 09
As I understand it, they were also friends of both Ensign and his wife. They worked for the campaign prior to the affair and both of them stopped working for the campaign long before the affair ended (they left his employ in May 2008 and the affair went on through August 2008). Certainly, if they were suddenly paid hush money after the affair began or after they left his employ, that would be quite nefarious. I have no idea what staffers make or what their duties were, but I wouldn't mind making that kind of money. Surely he made some serious blunders and got into a situation he never should have. I do have to laugh though at the portrayal of Cindy Hampton as an innocent whose reputation is being ruined. It was her husband who approached the news media and they both identified themselves, which is something that Ensign didn't do. Oh, and they are hinting at more salacious details to come, for which I am sure some media outlet will pay them. Lovely people... Oh what a tangled web we weave, as they say.
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@irishidid (8734)
• United States
18 Jun 09
Did it affect his job performance? I'll say the same thing I said when the Clinton/Lewinsky thing came out. Don't care as long as he did his job.
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• United States
19 Jun 09
Iris, if Clinton paid her husband $13,555 a month, her $2,771 a month, and her son $1000 a month then YES I would care. I don't care about what party he is from, or what he did. I just wanted to know how a senator can pay this kind of money to his help, and get away with it.
@irishidid (8734)
• United States
19 Jun 09
You have a point there.
@hi2rashid (153)
• India
18 Jun 09
i don't know who is sen. John Ensign. So don't try to discuss this with.
• United States
19 Jun 09
then why did you response?