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Nevada Senator John Ensign to Resign

Nevada Senator John Ensign to Resign

Nevada Senator John Ensign had already announced he would not be running for reelection.  But now the scandal-plagued Republican has said he will not be finishing his term, instead, resigning as of May 3rd.

Via Reuters:

“The turbulence of these last few years is greatly surpassed by the incredible privilege that I feel to have been entrusted to serve the people of Nevada,” Ensign said.

Ensign, who was in mid ethics probe for an extramarital affair with a former campaign aide, was is expected to be replaced by current Republican Representative Dean Heller, leaving Heller’s seat open.  According to Dave Weigel at Slate, that means a special election for someone to finish the rest of Heller’s term, and it appears that candidates are nominated by the party to run, rather than a traditional primary.

If the party players pick a favorite, what are the odds that they are going to choose Tea Party Queen Sharron Angle, who is trying desperately to grab Heller’s seat?

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7:21AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

thanks

11:28PM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

Angle is power hungry. One would have to be a fool to consider her. Ensign, good riddance. Which you would help all the rest of the washington crowd exit as well.

8:40PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Goodbye and good luck, Mr. Ensign. You've done a noble thing, trading sex for a lobbying job for your sex partner's husband. Sounds like you have the makings of a negotiator. Good thing you didn't hurt your wife or children with your thoughtless lust. The bloom is off the rose, or should I say, you look 62, not 52, so your wife is probably not interested in you anyway. If I were she, I'd kick your stupid butt out the door and file for the big D. You are a complete idiot. Fox could use you.

8:22PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

It's okay that Senator Ensign had an extramarital affair with the wife of one of his campaign aides --because he got her husband a nice job as a lobbyist and gave the couple $96,000. Personally, I don't care whether or not he had an affair. I'm just glad to see a member of the GOP leave office. Now we just have to hope and pray that Sharron Angle doesn't win Dean Heller's vacant seat when he leaves to fill the one vacated by Ensign.

6:07PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Just a tad overdue.

5:38PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

One more scumbag from the 'Family' down. Want to tell everyone else how to live but can't keep it in their pants.

5:15PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

So much for our marriage-defending Republicans! Oh, but that's OK. The marriage was violated by a hetero, not a gay.

5:12PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

And these are our marriage-defending Republicans! Oh, but that's OK. The marriage was violated by a consenting hetero, not a queer.

5:03PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Good! One less hypocrite corporate lap dog standing in the way of progress!

4:21PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Wow liberals that love this type of lifestyle, and you don't allow him in your club? You know love who and how many you like I can't believe all these harsh words makes me think HUH! What happened to that Waters women charges? Hey old billie boy got a little extra on the side and he remained in office, what gives you are either for it or against it.

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