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« Reply #0: Jul 09, 2009, 2:44 PM »
Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada was in enough hot water of his own. Now he's dragged fellow Republican Seantor Tom Coburn of Nevada in with him.
According to a report in The Las Vegas Sun, Coburn found out about the now-public affair between Ensign and campaign aide Cynthia Hampton when the woman's husband confronted Ensign at the home he shares with Coburn (among others) in Washington, D.C. Coburn, an ordained minister and licensed physician, counseled Ensign to end his extramarital liaison with Hampton, and to take steps to repair the damage that had been done. Among those steps was a cash payout in excess of a million dollars to assist the Hamptons in paying off their mortgage, and to help move them to Colorado and away from the Nevada Senator. Coburn also suggested writing a note to Hampton taking responsibility for his actions and expressing remorse.
It's unclear whether the cash ever passed from Ensign to the Hamptons, but Ensign did authorize a payment of more than $25,000 in severance for Hampton when she stopped working for the Senator, which could land him in trouble with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. Ensign's campaign finance report show no disclosure of the in-kind contribution, which could expose Ensign to heavy penalties, including up to five years in federal prison. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has already filed complaints in the matter with the US Senate and the Federal Election Commission.
For Coburn's part, he's refused to discuss any portion of his involvement in the situation. Though he admits that he has counseled Ensign, he cites his role as an ordained minister and licensed physician as justification for his refusal to reveal any of the detailes of their conversations. Firing what perhaps might be described as a warning shot at Senate Democrats on the Ethics Committee, Coburn preemptively refused to testify on the grounds of the privileged nature of both of his roles- doctor and spiritual advisor- before the committee or any court of law.
Ensign's affair became the subject of media coverage after an unexpected announcement by Ensign himself thrust the would-be 2012 contender for the Republican presidential nomination into a not-so-favorable spotlight. Ensign's scandal took a backseat to another GOP embarassment when South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford admitted to an affair with a woman in Argentina, but has resurfaced on the front pages of national newspapers as Cynthia Hampton's husband, Doug Hampton, has conducted a media blitz of interviews blasting Ensign for what he called his "relentless" pursuit of his wife. Two weeks ago, Ensign accused Hampton of using the affair to extort money from the Senator.
Since his announcement, Ensign has expressed remorse for the 2008 affair, and affirmed his commitment to reconciling with his wife, Darlene.
« Reply #1: Jul 12, 2009, 3:10 PM »
Pay off mistress?
This gives new meaning to Family VALUES ...