John Ensign

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Weiner Campaign Still Spending Cash

Spent $130K just after resignation—and he's not the only one

(Newser) - In the three months after he resigned, Anthony Weiner spent $130,000 in campaign funds, FEC data shows—more than what most current US representatives from New York City spent over the same period, the Hill reports. Some $10,000 went to travel, $25,000 to consulting and “policy... More »

Santorum Warned Ensign: Scandal's Going Public

Husband of Ensign's mistress reportedly contacted Ensign directly

(Newser) - When the husband of John Ensign’s mistress decided to email a Fox News anchor a request to discuss the affair, Rick Santorum found out—and warned the former Nevada GOP senator, a Senate ethics committee probe finds. Doug Hampton forwarded his email to Fox's Megyn Kelly to Santorum,... More »

John Ensign Hit With Scathing Ethics Report

Senate panel refers case to Justice Department for investigation

(Newser) - Former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada broke federal law, made false statements to the FEC, and obstructed a Senate Ethics Committee's investigation into his conduct, the panel said today in a scathing report that sent the matter to the Justice Department for possible prosecution. The former GOP lawmaker "... More »

John Ensign Gives Farewell Speech—to Empty Room

Senator apologizes to (absent) family and colleagues

(Newser) - John Ensign took the Senate floor one last time yesterday and delivered a contrite farewell speech—to a whole lot of empty chairs. Not one of Ensign's senate colleagues showed up to hear the address; Democrat Chris Coons sat in the presiding officer's chair, but opened a folder... More »

Ensign Inquiry Will Go On

Senate ethics panel makes unusual move to continue after resignation

(Newser) - John Ensign may have quit to avoid further scrutiny of his peccadilloes, but the Senate ethics investigation into his affair with a campaign staffer will go on, reports the Washington Post. “Senator Ensign has made the appropriate decision," said a statement from Sens. Barbara Boxer and Johnny... More »

Nevada Senator John Ensign to Resign

Lawmaker is in the midst of ethics investigation

(Newser) - Here's a pretty strong sign that the ethics investigation against Nevada Senator John Ensign is making progress: He announced today that he's resigning effective May 3, reports the Las Vegas Sun . Ensign had previously announced that he wouldn't seek re-election, but this dramatically speeds the Republican's... More »

Sharron Angle to Run for House, Not Senate

Was seen as likely candidate for Sen. John Ensign's Nevada seat

(Newser) - Sharron Angle, who lost to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a hotly contested Nevada race last year, will seek office again—but this time in the House. Angle was considered a likely candidate after Sen. John Ensign announced last week that he wouldn’t seek reelection. But instead, she’... More »

GOP: Good Riddance, John Ensign

Resignation actually helps Republicans in Nevada

(Newser) - You won’t find many Republicans shedding tears over John Ensign's resignation . Most seem overjoyed that the scandal-plagued congressman is out of the picture, potentially sparing heir apparent Dean Heller a messy primary battle, Politico observes. “I think he did it for his family, but it also benefits the... More »

Scandal-Scarred John Ensign to Retire

In wake of scandal, senator ducks reelection fight

(Newser) - John Ensign will announce that he is not running for reelection in 2012 at an afternoon press conference in Las Vegas, sources tell Roll Call . Republicans have been leaning on the Nevada senator to retire, on the assumption that his much-discussed extramarital dalliances would prove a distraction. Rep. Dean Heller... More »

Justice Dept. Drops John Ensign Probe

Affair didn't violate lobbying laws; Senate still investigating

(Newser) - The Justice Department is no longer targeting Sen. John Ensign in a criminal investigation arising from his affair with a former campaign aide and has no plans to charge him, attorneys for the Nevada Republican said yesterday. The department has been looking into whether Ensign conspired with staff aide Doug... More »

Inside DC's Secret Christian Frat House

John Ensign, Chip Pickering, Mark Sanford all prayed at C Street

(Newser) - When they learned of his affair, John Ensign’s housemates confronted him. They told him he was ruining his marriage, and offending God. In attendance, as Ensign broke down crying, were Republicans and Democrats alike, all residents of 133 C Street, a kind of boarding house for Christian lawmakers. Chip... More »

Mark Souder: Class of '94's Latest Hypocrite

'Republican Revolution' beginning to look like horndog revolution

(Newser) - Mark Souder may be leaving Congress as a disgraced hypocrite, but hey, at least he ought to fit in at the Republican House Class of '94 reunion. He can hang out and talk sex with Mark Foley, or Mark Sanford, or John Ensign, or any of the whopping 15 Republican... More »

Ensign's Lone Donor: 'All Men Are Dogs'

Nevada senator has gotten only $50 for 2012 re-election

(Newser) - Congratulations, you're nearly tied with John Ensign in political contributions. The Nevada senator has pulled in all of two donations so far this year toward his re-election in 2012, reports Talking Points Memo . Both came from the same guy. Both were for 25 bucks. Zachary Roth even tracked down the... More »

Pastors: Lawmakers' House 'Masquerading as Church'

C Street Center illegally giving lawmakers too-low rent, they say

(Newser) - Lawmakers such as Bart Stupak and John Ensign are getting a big and possibly illegal financial break by renting rooms at a DC boarding house "masquerading as a church," say a group of Ohio pastors. In two complaints filed with the IRS, the pastors charge that the C... More »

Emails: Ensign Pulled Strings for Lover's Husband

Evidence mounts that Ensign may have crossed ethics lines

(Newser) - John Ensign tried to get a Las Vegas energy firm to hire his lover's husband as a lobbyist, according to new emails making the rounds at the FBI and a Senate ethics panel. The emails, which a source passed off to the New York Times , represent the first written evidence... More »

Officer Dead After Shootout at Vegas Federal Building

Suspect killed, marshal seriously wounded

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire in the lobby of a federal building in downtown Las Vegas today, killing a court officer and wounding a second before he was shot to death. The victims included a 65-year-old court security officer, who was killed, and a 48-year-old deputy US marshal, who is in... More »

Cheaters, Beware Your E-Trail

How could Tiger Woods be stupid enough to text his alleged mistresses?

(Newser) - If Tiger Woods really did send flirty text messages to Jaimee Grubbs as she claims, then he’s a moron. Did he miss the John Ensign scandal? Or the Kwame Kilpatrick one? Or heck, Puck’s sexting incident on Glee? Digital missives brought down all three. Of course, it’s... More »

Ensign May Have Busted Ethics Rules After Affair

Senator arranged lobbying work for senior aide after having affair with his wife

(Newser) - Sen. John Ensign says his affair with an aide was a strictly personal matter but he may have trampled on ethics rules and federal criminal law during his efforts at damage control, according to the New York Times. Ensign helped his mistress' husband, Doug Hampton—another senior aide— join a... More »

Ensign: My Affair Wasn't 'Legally Wrong'

(Newser) - John Ensign says that his affair with a friend's wife was different than former President Bill Clinton's relationship with a White House intern because he didn't lie under oath. "I haven't done anything legally wrong," the Nevada GOP senator said. "President Clinton stood right before the American... More »

Top Aides Leaving Ensign

(Newser) - More trouble for John Ensign in Nevada. The Republican senator has lost two senior aides in as many days, reports the Las Vegas Sun. The developments follow Ensign's admission that he had an affair with a former staffer and that his wealthy parents then paid her $100,000. What's worse,... More »

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