June 17, 2009

GOP Senator admits affair with a staffer

Posted: 07:49 AM ET

Sen. John Ensign of Nevada admitted Tuesday to an extramarital affair with a woman who had worked for him.

Ensign, 51, would not identify the woman but said she and her husband had been "close friends." Her husband, he said, also worked for him.

"Last year, I had an affair," the Republican senator said outside his office in Las Vegas. "I violated the vows of marriage. It's absolutely the worst thing I've done in my life.

"I take full responsibility for my actions. I know I have deeply hurt and disappointed my wife, Darlene, my children, my family, friends, my staff and those who believed in me. And to all of them, especially my wife, I'm truly sorry," he said.

The senator's office also released a statement from Ensign's wife, saying, "Since we found out last year, we have worked through the situation and we have come to a reconciliation. This has been difficult on both families. With the help of our family and close friends, our marriage has become stronger. I love my husband."

Ensign's spokesman, Tory Mazzola, said Ensign and a campaign staff member carried on the affair from December 2007 through August 2008. Her husband was an official Senate staff member for the senator.

Neither remained in Ensign's employ as of May 2008.


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SLTPTTCH   June 17th, 2009 8:57 am ET

I hate to, raise, the obvious but don't you have a wife or other partner? Do you have to do unto others as much as you do to the public while in office? What about that staffer couple. Not named. Hmmm. How do you spell 'hanky spanky' on the job? Or how about just twisted and kinky on the dole in the good state of Nevada? And this guy is planning to run for president?!! Good Luck there pal. So YOU are to be trusted? Just who would you hire as staff?

Judith   June 18th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

John Ensign came on strong against Bill Clinton slamming him like no tomorrow.Funny how ones yells the loudest and he did are always the Christians that done wrong.One article on the net had stated he ran around in 2002 .

He should step down from the Senate and let him worry how he's going to pay his homes,health care and kid's school just like what's happening with so many that lost jobs,health care.

If he cheated on his wife he will cheat on the America people.

Ones in the Senate and House should get no more than 2 terms.This
way they will work instead of playing.

Jay   June 19th, 2009 1:48 pm ET

GOP the party of high morals, until you get caught.

Dave of Detroit   June 19th, 2009 2:19 pm ET

Bob Jones of the University of the same name is strongly criticized for his separation and limitations on male -female relationships. Holding hands is as far as he will let campus relationships go. A lot of people would be married today if they had similar beliefs!

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