Another Crooked Hypocritical Republican Resigns From Congress

  • Webster666

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    Apr 22, 2011 12:27 AM GMT
    04-21) 16:17 PDT LAS VEGAS, CA (AP) --
    Nevada Sen. John Ensign announced Thursday he will resign amid an ethics investigation, insisting he's done nothing wrong but saying he could no longer subject his family and constituents to further investigation.

    Ensign said in a statement that he will send Vice President Joe Biden a letter Friday making the resignation official.

    "While I stand behind my firm belief that I have not violated any law, rule, or standard of conduct of the Senate, and I have fought to prove this publicly, I will not continue to subject my family, my constituents, or the Senate to any further rounds of investigation, depositions, drawn out proceedings, or especially public hearings," he said. "For my family and me, this continued personal cost is simply too great."

    The Republican, who is under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee, announced in March he would not pursue re-election.
    The 52-year-old acknowledged in June 2009 that he had an extramarital affair with Cynthia Hampton, a former member of his campaign staff, and that he had helped her husband, Doug Hampton, a member of his congressional staff, obtain lobbying work with two Nevada companies.

    Ensign's admission that he cheated on his wife seemingly foreshadowed his political downfall. Amid the scandal, his parents provided the Hamptons with $96,000 described as a gift, and Ensign helped find Doug Hampton a lobbying job.

    The Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission investigated, then dropped the cases with little explanation. The Senate ethics panel, however, named a special counsel to look into the matter.

    Through it all, Ensign insisted he would seek re-election until his announcement in March, when he reiterated that he had not violated any laws or ethics rules. He also said the investigation did not influence his decision to retire from politics after 2012.

    "If I was concerned about that I would have resigned, because that would make the most sense because then it goes away," Ensign said at the time.

    But in his resignation notice Thursday, Ensign said the appointment of the special counsel shook him because he had hoped the investigation would end with the justice department.

    Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and GOP Congressman Dean Heller are seeking Ensign's seat. A Democratic lawyer, Byron Georgiou, is also in the race.

    Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who has already endorsed Heller, will appoint a successor. If Heller is named, a special election will be held for his seat.

    Nevada Democrats quickly began their campaign to influence Sandoval's decision.

    "Nevada needs a Senator who is focused on creating jobs and protecting our middle class, not ending Medicare as we know it and giving more tax breaks to the rich, like Dean Heller is trying to do," said Nevada Democratic Party spokesman Zach Hudson.
    Nevada remains a top target for Democrats trying to protect their fragile majority in the Senate, said Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

    "There will be a very clear choice for Nevadans between an uncompromising extremist like Dean Heller, who wants to end Medicare and cut loans for small businesses to give more tax breaks for the very rich, and Shelley Berkley, a true fighter for Nevada's economy and middle class," he said in a statement.
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    Apr 22, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    Suddenly resigning in mid-term, effective in just mere weeks, suggests something more serious is afoot. He'd already said he wouldn't seek reelection, so why walk away from the Senate now? Paying-off his mistress' husband was already known, so what else does he fear might be revealed? We'll likely never know, as this sudden resignation will terminate further investigations, at least within the Senate itself.
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    Apr 22, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidYeah, too bad he wasn't as defiant as Charlie Rangel. Gotta hand it to ol' Charlie... he'll cling to power at all costs right until he drops dead.

    Ah, now that opens up an interesting can of worms. Who can forget Larry "Wide-stance" Craig, who refused to resign his Republican Senate seat over his soliciting sex in an airport mens room? Or David Vitter, still serving in the US Senate as a Republican, despite being caught, and initially lying, about his involvement in a DC prostitution ring? Having built his political reputation around "family values" and crusading against gay rights.

    Moving outside the Senate, we have Mark Sanford, who refused to resign as the Republican Governor of South Carolina, after he was discovered to have secretly slipped off for a rendezvous with his mistress in South America. Leaving the State without a Chief Executive and no way to contact him, after he falsely said he was "hiking" on the Appalachian Trail. And previously billing the State for his other trips to Argentina to visit her as "official travel."

    I think there's an expression that covers Republicans like you who live in glass houses. icon_wink.gif
  • Webster666

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    Apr 22, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    Don't forget Republican Senator Ted Stevens, from Alaska.

    The thing is that the Republicans love to claim that they're the party of "family values," yet they don't seem to have any.

    Oh, was Charlie Rangel convicted of something ?
    No.
    Did he resign from Congress ?
    No.
    Well, there you are.

    And, for every Charlie Rangel, who played a little fast and loose with the ethics, there's easily a dozen Republicans.
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    Apr 22, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    Ensign has been fighting this tooth and nail for a long time.
    For him to suddenly resign, effective in a matter of DAYS - indicates that they have solid proof of some truly dirty dealings.
    And clearly, his protestations of innocence were BS.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 22, 2011 9:41 AM GMT
    He's resigning because the Ethics probe is going to come out with its findings soon
    John Ensign Senate Ethics Committee Probe Moves Forward
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/01/john-ensign-investigation_n_816856.html

    and that was back in Feb

    He shoulda been booted WAY before this
    These allegations were back in 2007
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    Apr 22, 2011 12:59 PM GMT
    Wasn't her reelected by the idiot citizens of his district EVEN with this scandal?


    Just goes to show you how stupid republicans are.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 22, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    I had to laugh John Fugelsang the comedian said

    At Least now there's a republican that made one sticking new job icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 23, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    to be replaced by another Republican though. Three term Congressman Dean Heller will in all likelihood be named to the rest of the term by new governmor Republican Brian Sandoval, elected in November.
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    Apr 23, 2011 1:42 AM GMT
    LeanathleticDC saidWasn't her reelected by the idiot citizens of his district EVEN with this scandal?


    Just goes to show you how stupid republicans are.


    No, he was not on ballot this year - if you recall Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, defeated tea partier Sharron Angle. The scandal only broke within the last year.
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    Apr 23, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    GQjock saidHe's resigning because the Ethics probe is going to come out with its findings soon
    John Ensign Senate Ethics Committee Probe Moves Forward
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/01/john-ensign-investigation_n_816856.html

    and that was back in Feb

    He shoulda been booted WAY before this
    These allegations were back in 2007


    Affair started at that time - it was not a matter of public domain until 2010
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    Apr 23, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    GQjock saidHe's resigning because the Ethics probe is going to come out with its findings soon
    John Ensign Senate Ethics Committee Probe Moves Forward
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/01/john-ensign-investigation_n_816856.html

    and that was back in Feb

    He shoulda been booted WAY before this
    These allegations were back in 2007




    I see a long vacation in some far flung location in his near future.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 23, 2011 11:16 AM GMT
    Affair started at that time - it was not a matter of public domain until 2010

    That maybe so .... but what about the subsequent bribery that took place?
    Who cares if he schtooped his campaign worker's wife?
    What's salient here is that he paid to keep them quiet with money and jobs
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 23, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    This nepotism exists in both political parties. Both democrats and republicans are no damned good. That is why it is time to throw out both parties and give the alternative political parties a chance to run our country. We have nothing to lose and possibly a lot to gain. I am sick and damned tired of all these ethics violations from both democrats and republicans.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 23, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThis nepotism exists in both political parties. Both democrats and republicans are no damned good. That is why it is time to throw out both parties and give the alternative political parties a chance to run our country. We have nothing to lose and possibly a lot to gain. I am sick and damned tired of all these ethics violations from both democrats and republicans.


    Nepotism?
    I didn't know when you F**ked somebody you automatically put them in your family album?
    Plus he had his PARENTS give them hush money
    and gave their teenage kid a kushy well-payig job to boot

    People who aren't in the Senate go to jail for that
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 23, 2011 3:20 PM GMT
    Yeah people like you and me and the mass majority of Americans would get thrown into jail over something like this. But politicians and other members of the wealthy ruling classes get away with it. That is wrong but unfortunately true.
  • tazzari

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    Apr 23, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    "The thing is that the Republicans love to claim that they're the party of "family values," yet they don't seem to have any."

    No, you're looking at it all wrong. Just substitute "la famiglia" for "family" and you'll understand...
  • tazzari

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    Apr 23, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    "This nepotism exists in both political parties. Both democrats and republicans are no damned good."

    There's much in this, but I greatly prefer the Democratic platform, which is at least based on caring for the vulnerable and the many, no matter how far it has deviated. Put in other words, I'd rather deal with a corrupt party of good will, and a corrupt party based on benefiting the wealthy and the powerful. Nor do the Dems go around spouting hypocritical "christian family values" and finding ways to put down this group or that.

    I'd be all for a third party, if one ever got serious enough to take a lead. For now a third-party vote is throwing a vote away. So where to do we go from here, that might be workable? I'd suggest several things:

    1) term limits - weakens vested interests
    2) publicly-funded elections - limits Big Money and gives more power to the voters
    3) election reform: do away with the electoral college (gives votes to the voters), and perhaps some form of proportional vote
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    Apr 23, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThis nepotism exists in both political parties. Both democrats and republicans are no damned good. That is why it is time to throw out both parties and give the alternative political parties a chance to run our country. We have nothing to lose and possibly a lot to gain. I am sick and damned tired of all these ethics violations from both democrats and republicans.




    A) It's never gonna happen
    B) Republicans are guilty WAY, WAY, WAY more often than Democrats.

  • GQjock

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    Apr 25, 2011 11:23 AM GMT
    Wait ... Wait Hold your horses
    John Ensign didn't resign

    At least that's what HE said
    "... because That would be admitting Guilt" icon_wink.gif

    He's just not going to run again .... and won't be working in the Senate as of May 3rd
    May3rd??
    Is that taken from an Astrological chart?

    Is it Guilty as sin Senators day?

    No ....... It's the Day Before the Senate Ethics committee will require him to be called under oath to testify

    WHEW .... that was a close one eh John????? icon_cool.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 25, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    For every crooked Republican, there is a crooked Democrat. Crooks exist in both parties.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 28, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    That is exactly right. Democrats are just as crooked and two faced as the republicans. I wish some of these guys on here would wake up and accept that harsh but true reality.
  • tokugawa

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    Apr 28, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    tazzari said ... I'd suggest ...

    2) publicly-funded elections - limits Big Money and gives more power to the voters ...


    What makes you think Big Money would ever let this happen?

    We are in fact moving in the opposite direction. A recent Supreme Court ruling allows corporations and labor unions to make direct political donations to candidates.
  • creature

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    Apr 28, 2011 10:20 PM GMT
    Family values. Gotta love it.
  • tazzari

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    Apr 28, 2011 10:51 PM GMT
    "What makes you think Big Money would ever let this happen? "

    Nothing; just wishful thinking, I guess. My personal feeling is that democracy is largely over.