This time it's John Ensign from Nevada.
From the story in the Post:
John Ensign considered a rising star in the Republican Party, yesterday acknowledged an extramarital affair with a former campaign staffer who is married to one of the lawmaker's former legislative aides.In one of the accounts the staffer was described as a close personal friend. I have to assume that is no longer the case.
What is it with these guys and zipper control. I guess the Republicans have to be grateful it was an affair with a woman and not a man.
And here's a very ironic twist (this from the Huffingtonpost):
During the height of the scandal surrounding Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky, the Nevada Republican denounced the president's conduct as "an embarrassing moment for the country."
'I think we have to feel very sad for the American people and Hillary and Chelsea,' he said.
Weeks later, Ensign would call on Clinton to resign. "I came to that conclusion recently, and frankly it's because of what he put his whole Cabinet through and what he has put the country through," he was quoted saying at the time. "He has no credibility left," he added.
Wonder if he plans to resign anytime soon? Oh I forgot God's forgiven him and so has his wife so it's all ok.
More from the Post story:
Ensign acknowledged in a recent interview with The Washington Post that he was seeking to raise his national profile out of a belief that a dearth of effective GOP messengers was handicapping the party's comeback. "We have a responsibility to get our message out," Ensign said. Asked directly about his presidential ambitions, he said that most children dream of being president one day and that it was "not something I would ever rule out."
Well you certainly raised something and it was just your profile.
In yet another ironic twist Ensign is a member of Promise Keepers and the post boy for the extreme right on marriage. Taking the position that you have to ban same-sex marriage because of it's threat to traditional marriage.
And this is what gets me about these guys. Ensign, Giuliani, Gingrich who all talk about traditional values and seem to have absolutely none of them. Affairs (it seems that this not the first affair that Ensign has had; see story in USA Today) and marriage after marriage. I guess the idea at some point is they get it right.
The bottom line is these guys have absolutely no credibility to be talking about family values and the sanctity of marriage. They wouldn't recognize either of them it they were hit over the head with them.
What's the word that comes to mind . . .
Oh I know hypocrisy.