CREW Wants Records on John Ensign’s Affair

John EnsignSpeaking of CREW (and we were): While the ethically-challenged ex-Senator from Nevada (turned veterinarian) John Ensign didn’t make CREW’s “Most Corrupt Members of Congress List” this year (as he has in years past), CREW is hardly finished with him yet:

Watchdog Wants Records on Senator’s Affair
By Iulia Filip, reprinted with the kind permission of Courthouse News Service (more…)

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The Hypocrisy Files: Dear Conservative Americans…

Kevin Garn“You can’t preach and try to legislate ‘Family Values’ when you: take nude hot tub dips with teenagers (and pay them hush money)…

Utah lawmaker [Kevin Garn] quits over hot-tub revelation

“…cheat on your wife with a secret lover and lie about it to the world…

(more…)

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Catching Up with John Ensign (Or: Would You Let This Man Stick a Thermometer Up Your Cat’s Butt?)

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He’s a veterinarian now. Yes, really.

Well, as long as he doesn’t treat cats like Bill Frist did, and as long as he stays out of public office, that’s fine by us.

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We Couldn’t Think of a Better Headline Than ABC’s: “Doug Hampton, Staffer Cuckolded By Sen. John Ensign, Indicted For Violating Ethics Law”

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A Capitol Hill soap opera got another twist Thursday when a former staffer with whose wife Sen. Jon Ensign, R-Nev., had an affair, was charged by a Washington, DC grand jury with violating conflict of interest laws.

Doug Hampton has been public and vocal in his criticism of Ensign, his former boss, casting himself as a whistleblower. Hampton worked in Ensign’s office from January 2007 to April 2008, until his wife Cindy Hampton was at the center of a sex scandal for an affair she had with Sen. Ensign. The affair had been ongoing while Hampton had been employed in Sen. Ensign’s office. …

The rest of the deliciously ironic story: “Doug Hampton, Staffer Cuckolded By Sen. John Ensign, Indicted For Violating Ethics Law,” ABC News, March 24, 2010

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Good Point: “If Ensign Votes To Repeal DADT, Expect the Right To Suddenly Care About His Infidelity”

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…Sen. John Ensign, the Republican Senator from Nevada … has been embroiled in a controversy for over a year now stemming from an extra-marital affair he with a staffer and a subsequent effort to keep it quiet.

Since the story broke, the Religious Right has had next to nothing to say about Ensign’s infidelity, with the small exception of FRC’s Tony Perkins saying it was “disappointing.” But I suspect that that is about to change if this report from Greg Sargent turns out to be true…

Read the rest at Religious Right Watch.

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Subpoenas Fly as Ensign Ethics Probe Ramps Up

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A few of Ensign’s former aides have been slapped with subpoenas. Details: Politico.

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There is a God! “The Family” C Street House Stripped of Tax-Exempt Status

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Details: WaPo.

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Mommy & Daddy Ensign May Have Paid Off Johnny’s Mistress, But Throw Weight Behind Harry Reid

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Entry deleted because there are some sources we refuse to link to any longer.

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Thanks to Sex Scandal, John Ensign Campaign Practically Broke

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Practically broke by comparison, anyway: Politico.

Our hearts bleed. Not.

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Coburn Spooked, Does 180 on Ensign: Will “Doc Deacon” Squeal Like Piggy-Wiggy? “You Bet!”

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Backstory:

Hypocrite of the Week: Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) Uses Religious ‘Privilege’ to Hide What He Knows About John Ensign’s Sex Scandal, October 4, 2009

Rachel Maddow: Tom Coburn, Caught in Lie, “Dragged Down Into the Gutter with John Ensign,” October 5, 2009

October 7, 2009

Something has gotten to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who just days ago was citing religious and medical “privilege” to excuse himself from spilling what he knows about Sen. John Ensign‘s (R-Nev.) sex scandal. Actually, a whole lot of somethings have gotten to Coburn, not the least of which is finding himself in the crosshairs of both the U.S. Justice Department and the Senate Ethics Committee.

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Rachel Maddow: Tom Coburn, Caught in Lie, “Dragged Down Into the Gutter with John Ensign”

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See also: “Hypocrite of the Week: Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) Uses Religious ‘Privilege’ to Hide What He Knows About John Ensign’s Sex Scandal

C Street, C Street, and more C Street: Coburn “personally negotiated the financial deal, trying to get Ensign the best possible price for his sins.”

Must-watch wraps with interview with Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.

Of particular interest: damning new revelations about “The Family” involvement of Republican Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (you were warned about appointing him, President Obama!):

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Hypocrite of the Week: Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) Uses Religious “Privilege” to Hide What He Knows About John Ensign’s Sex Scandal

Tom CoburnIf this is how it works, we should all drop what we’re doing to get ordained online, so we can claim “privileged communication” and never be forced to testify against anyone, ever!

Jacob M. Appel at HuffPo:

Dr. Coburn’s Peculiar Privilege

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Ensign: Senate Ethics Probe is On

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October 2, 2009

Mike “Spanky” Duvall might be off the hook, albeit temporarily, but John “Daddy’s $96,000 to My Mistress Wasn’t Hush Money!” Ensign (R-Hypocritonite, NV) has just begun his journey into the fun-filled world of Senate ethics investigations.

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Congratulations, Conservative Babylonians on CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress List!

September 15, 2009 — Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its fifth annual report on the most corrupt members of Congress.

CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress provides a detailed analysis of the unethical and sometimes illegal activities of 15 congressmen and women who have most egregiously betrayed the public’s trust. …

The full list, complete with detailed profiles of all inductees, is available at CREWsMostCorrupt.org — but we’d like to single out the three Conservative Babylonians to earn this august distinction: (more…)

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Emails Reveal Prior Knowledge of Ensign Affair Among Staff, Rick Santorum

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The Las Vegas Sun has the scans:

Emails between Ensign NRSC lieutenants, Hamptons show affair was known inside organization more than a year ago
August 3, 2009

Hampton to Santorum: Ensign destroyed my family
August 3, 2009

Meanwhile, Mr. “Sanctity of Marriage” says he’s voting against the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor “to protect the sanctity of our Constitution” (!):

Ensign to oppose Sotomayor ‘to protect sanctity of Constitution’
August 4, 2009

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C Street / The Family / The Fellowship

There’s a new, permanent page on ConBab that tells you everything you need to know (at least, as of August 5, 2009) to get up to speed on the C Street “Family” / Fellowship Foundation:

C Street / The Family / The Fellowship

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$96K Payout to Ensign’s Mistress Triggers Two Investigations; May Ruin Daddy’s Casino Business

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Story at the Wichita Eagle.

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John Ensign’s Top Staffers Quit

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Who can blame them?

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CREW Provides Info on Senator Ensign Payments

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Anti-Gay Bigot John Ensign (R-Nev.) Admits to Extramarital Affair, June 16, 2009

WASHINGTON — July 17, 2009 — Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a supplementary letter with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) regarding additional campaign finance law violations that may have been committed in regard to payments made by Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and his family to the family of his mistress, Cynthia Hampton. (more…)

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Anti-Gay Bigot John Ensign (R-Nev.) Admits to Extramarital Affair

John EnsignJune 16, 2009

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) has acknowledged an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer…

“I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions. … Last year I had an affair. I violated the vows of my marriage.” …

More at WaPo, and much more to follow here, as this story… is fleshed out (*smirk*).

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