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jwilkes

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« Reply #0: Jun 18, 2009, 9:34 AM »
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John Ensign, the junior senator from the State of Nevada, has resigned his role as the Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman one day after admitting having an extra-martial marital affair with a member of his campaign staff. Ensign, who had been in the role as chairman since January 2001, said that he had been involved in an affair between December 2007 and August 2008. He has stated that he will remain in the US Senate.

The revelation came as somewhat of a surprise.  Ensign will not be up for reelection again until 2012, and there doesn't appear to be any signal that the information was likely to come out on its own.  But the man The Washington Post has called a 'rising star' in the Republican Party has more and more been considered to be a potential candidate in the 2012 United States presidential election.  The possibility exists that Ensign, a former casino pit boss, is clearing his closet of any major skeletons before embarking on a national campaign.

But the question of whether or not Ensign may be being blackmailed has been raised as well.  The Drudge Report was among the first to raise the specter that the Senator is being extorted, though his campaign spokesman denied this was the case.  Nonetheless, Ensign's out-of-the-blue announcement leaves an important question unanswered: why would a politician with national ambitions make such a seemingly-unprompted admission?

Ensign told reporters that the affair "is the worst thing I have ever done in my life. If there was ever anything in my life that I could take back, this would be it."

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell accepted his resignation during a phone call. The campaigner with whom Ensign had the affair is married to a fellow aide. Neither has worked for the senator since May 2008.

Both Senator Ensign and his aide refused to comment on his long-term political future.

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« Reply #1: Jun 18, 2009, 1:02 PM »
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or he really is planning a prez run or hopes for a VP spots, so wants this out of the way now so his supporters can forget before next election - get it out now and not do a John Edwards.
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« Reply #2: Jun 18, 2009, 1:21 PM »
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...to draw attention away from something even worse. It is very strange for anyone in politics to admit this kind of thing without getting caught.
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« Reply #3: Jun 18, 2009, 1:22 PM »
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...the sooner Ensign fessed up the sooner the whole incident will fade into oblivion, as far as the 2012 election is concerned.
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« Reply #4: Jun 18, 2009, 1:31 PM »
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actually if done with the aid of legal counsel, it can be transformed into something else. Blackmail is different from extortion, since one is asking for payment for not doing what he has a right to do, which is to expound a truthful statement.

If done to get around this, a lawyer will simply ask Ensign for a comment on a report that his client is about to submit for publication, saying that the client wants it to be accurate.

Then if the "victim" asks to "buy the full rights to the story, including a secrecy clause" it would be legitimate.

So, yeah, something like this probably happened.
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« Reply #5: Jun 18, 2009, 1:31 PM »
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then you won't get blackmailed.
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« Reply #6: Jun 18, 2009, 1:50 PM »
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Yes. For getting caught.
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« Reply #7: Jun 18, 2009, 1:51 PM »
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He loses in the first place because he admits to having the affair, endangering and or derailing higher political aspirations.

He loses in the second place because, if true, the blackmailing is the only reason we've got for why he admits the affair now.

Pretty bad when you have to reveal that you engaged in one illicit activity only after being the target of an illegal activity. So, if the blackmail scenario is true, we have an immoral hypocrite who "finds his coral compass" probably because the blackmailer threatens to expose his dirty little secret.

How Republican.

Wonder what the party affiliation of the would be blackmailer is?
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« Reply #8: Jun 18, 2009, 1:52 PM »
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That it was Ensign himself who told fellow Republicans that he was being blackmailed.

Strangely, though, both the FBI and LV police say that Ensign hasn't asked for an investigation.

Extortion of a sitting US Senator is a pretty damn serious charge. It isn't the kind of thing you just blow off. That he hasn't filed charges yet makes me very, very suspicious.
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« Reply #9: Jun 18, 2009, 1:55 PM »
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affair sans guns?

Jwilkes: there's a typo :)
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« Reply #10: Jun 18, 2009, 11:52 PM »
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlUQTetdAwQ

 


Obama / Biden 08!
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« Reply #11: Jun 19, 2009, 7:37 AM »
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"If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear."
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