“This is yet another reminder as to why the American people have chosen new management for the foreseeable future,” said John Weaver, a former senior adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “Nothing is shocking in Washington, of course, except the audacity of politicians who believe rules don’t apply to them.”
Today, as Senator John Ensign (R-Nevada) confessed to maritial infidelity, one can’t help but remember that the good senator had called upon President Bill Clinton to resign in 1998. Speaking of Clinton at the time, Ensign stated:
“He sent taxpayer-paid staff out to lie for him, and that is a misuse of office,” Ensign said, adding that the president had “no credibility left.”
Additionally, he led the charge against Senator Larry Craig after the infamous Minneapolis bathroom incident, calling him a disgrace. He led an unsuccessful campaign to force Craig’s resignation.
Senator Ensign is a rising star in the Republican Party. Probably most voters can forgive infidelity. I am not so sure they can buy into the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ mentality that has been exhibited by Ensign.
Will this incident hurt Ensign’s career? Will voters forgive him? Will John Edwards be able to continue his political career? In the post-Clinton years, how damaging are affairs to politicians? Is the Republicans harsher about such behavior than the Democrats?
Full story in the Washington Post. The veterinarian turned senator has led a rather interesting life.
[***UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON POST 6/20/09: see below]
Three days after confessing an extramarital affair with a campaign aide, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) yesterday accused his former mistress’s husband of trying to extract a financial payout from the Nevada Republican.
Ensign’s office released a statement Friday charging that Douglas Hampton sought a large payment from Ensign, although the senator’s office refused to say how much money Hampton was seeking and whether there had been any negotiations over a payout.