Ensign Quits Senate GOP Leadership Post

Resigns as chair of Policy Committee after admitting affair
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2009 12:20 PM CDT
U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., speaks to local residents during a stop at a local ice cream parlor, Monday, June 1, 2009, in Le Mars, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – Sen. John Ensign has stepped down from his leadership post a day after admitting an affair with a woman who was on his campaign staff. He conveyed his decision in a phone call with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said he had accepted the resignation. Ensign was chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-ranking spot in the leadership. (Read more Congress stories.)