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Ensign announces he won't seek re-election, says there are consequences for sin
March 8th, 2011
08:35 AM ET

Ensign announces he won't seek re-election, says there are consequences for sin

Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2012, saying in statement "there are consequences for sin."

"I do not want to put my family, those that I care about, or this state through what would be a very ugly campaign that would ultimately cause a great deal more pain than has already been felt as a result of my actions. For these reasons, I will not seek reelection in 2012," Ensign said during remarks at the Lloyd G. George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas.

During the speech, the two-term senator made reference to his extramarital affair with Cindy Hampton, his onetime campaign treasurer, which he admitted to last June. She is the wife of Doug Hampton, a former top aide to the senator.

Ensign and his family were longtime friends with the Hamptons. Doug Hampton has given interviews stating his family has received money and employment offers from Ensign after he and his wife left the Senate staff in April 2008. Ensign admitted his parents gave the Hamptons $96,000 but said the money was a gift, not an effort to suppress word of the affair.

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Filed under: Christianity • Faith Now • Politics

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. pat carr

    where is the DOMA people now? how come "defense of marriage" only applies against gay marriage and not against "adultery"?

    April 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  2. Don

    Since I have been a political activist since 1972, getting me to believe that Senator Ensign parents giving $96,000 to the Hamptons being just a gift and not trying to suppress information is more amusing than anything. When are these guys in the U. S. Senate going to learn, look at John Edwards lying about fathering an illegitimate baby with a staff aide. This has no politics as there are plenty guiity of this type of behavior in both parties. In the House, look at Newt Genrich and Henry Hyde.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  3. Reality

    The Senator should call Bill Clinton for some advice on how to handle the sin of adultery.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Beulah

      Senator Ensign is a good God fearing Christian!

      March 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Beulah wrote: "Senator Ensign is a good God fearing Christian!"

      As opposed to a bad god fearing christian? Since this "good" one is guilty of adultery and bribery, what would a bad one do? Perhaps he shouldn't have been fearing this nonexistent god and spent more time working on his character flaws...

      April 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  4. Mary

    More stink of hypocrisy rising from another adulterous Republican politician. Another self-righteous hypocrite whose words mean s**t because they are betrayed by his actions. Here's an idea, Ensign. Why don't you just shut your mouth and stop giving Christianity a bad name?

    March 8, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Beulah

      Mary, Mary, Mary
      John Ensign is a good God fearing Christian!
      So, in Jesus' name, you must forgive and support him!

      March 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  5. Frogist

    I wonder which was the sin to which he was referring, the affair or the bribery? I guess by his use of the term "sin" he's making reference to the affair more than anything. And I think that's a bit disingenuous. What happens between you and your wife should mean little to the voting public. And if you want forgiveness for that then ask it of the spouse not the voters. If you're asking for forgiveness for your improper conduct outside of your marriage, that's a different matter. But the idea that everything has been made right and you are now clean despite bribing people with cash and jobs, doesn't sit well with me. It feels like you're saying, you confessed so now we're even. But we're not. You pay for your deeds and then we might be even. Then your contrition might really be worth something.

    March 8, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Beulah

      Frogist, He did confess, and now he is forgiven!
      It's in the lord's hands now! Amen!

      March 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm |

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