Protector of the institution of marriage, Senator John Ensign (R-NV), admits an affair with campaign staffer

There aren’t many Republicans left in the Senate, but, besides hating the gays, they are a randy bunch. You got David Vitter having sex with hookers and, now, John Ensign admits to having an affair with a campaign staffer:

Sen. John Ensign today acknowledged an extramarital affair with a member of his campaign staff.

The affair took place between December 2007 and August 2008 with a campaign staffer who was married to an employee in Ensign’s Senate office. Neither have worked for the senator since May 2008.

Ensign read a brief prepared statement Tuesday afternoon at the Lloyd George Federal Building in downtown Las Vegas in which he expressed regret and took no questions.

“I came back home to Nevada to come forward to explain to the citizens of our state something I was involved in about a year ago. Last year I had an affair. I violated the vows of our marriage. It is absolutely the worst thing I have never done in my life,” Ensign said.

Ensign said he sought and received forgiveness from his wife and the couple had gone to counseling. He said he still committed to serving the people of Nevada.

Of course, Ensign is another marriage hypocrite. He was one of the earliest supporters of George Bush’s gay-bashing strategy, which was so popular back in 2004. Yes, Ensign was so worried about the institution of marriage that he wanted a constitutional amendment to protect it from same-sex couples. From February 2004:

After evaluating the idea of President Bush’s recommendation of such an amendment Tuesday, Ensign said he believes it is necessary “to protect the institution of marriage in America.”

“In order to defend the institution of marriage, uphold the rights of individual states and maintain the will of the people, I believe we are compelled to amend our country’s Constitution,” Ensign said.

Hypocrite. Sounds like he should have voted for a constitutional amendment to keep it in his pants. That would have done more to protect his marriage.

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