Senator John Ensign
April 22, 2011 by USA Post
Senator John Ensign, Embattled Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, said Thursday he would resign amid an ongoing ethics investigation, a move that could spare him the embarrassment of continuing probe followed closely.
Ensign insisted he did nothing wrong but said he could not expose your family and their components to the intense focus on his affair with a former employee and opacity ethical arguments that relationship.
“For my family and me, this ongoing personal cost is simply too great,” he said in a statement.
Ensign said he would send an official resignation letter to vice president, Joe Biden, on Friday. The resignation will be effective May 3.
“While I’m behind my firm conviction that I have not violated any law, rule or standard of conduct of the Senate, and have struggled to show it publicly, do not continue to subject my family, my constituents, or the Senate to any rounds of research, statements, drawn out procedure, or, especially, public hearings, “said Ensign.
Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who chairs the Senate Ethics Committee, and Sen. Johnny Isakson, vice chairman of the committee, said in a statement Thursday that Ensign “made the right decision” to resign.
“The Senate Ethics Committee has worked diligently for months on this issue and complete its work in a timely manner,” he told senators.
Ensign may be vulnerable to questions about his role in the sequel of the adventure. The husband of her former lover, who was also a former adviser to the lieutenant, has been accused of illegally lobbying staff of the senator.
The Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission to investigate and then dropped the cases against Ensign with little explanation. The ethics committee, however, appointed a special adviser in February to investigate the matter.
In its notice of resignation on Thursday, Ensign said the appointment was refused because he expected the investigation would end with the Department of Justice.
Ensign announced in June 2009 he had an affair with Cynthia Hampton, a former member of his campaign, and that he had helped her husband, Doug Hampton, a member of his Senate staff, get the two working pressure Nevada companies.
Federal law prohibits a former senior adviser to the Senate to pressure the Senate for one year after termination of employment.
Ensign announced in March that it would re-election in 2012 to protect his family from the attacks of the campaign involving his role in lobbying career Doug Hampton. He added that the Senate investigation had not influenced his decision.
“If I worried that I would have resigned, because they have more sense, because then it will,” he said last month.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, the government watchdog group that asked the Senate ethics investigation, Ensign criticized Thursday for not giving prior.
“Unfortunately, it is because he has seen the error of his ways, or even to” spend more time with his family “, the executive director Melanie Sloan said in a statement.” The truth will be exposed to admit it that Senator Ensign is being pushed to give the GOP an edge in the 2012 elections. ”
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval now appoint someone to serve the unexpired term of Ensign, and the U.S. election Rep. Dean Heller or other party would give the advantage of incumbency in a very competitive seat that could decide which party controls the Senate after 2012.
Sandoval endorsed Heller minutes after its ad campaign in March.
Republican Party officials said they expected Heller to appoint Sandoval seat Ensign. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
Rep. Shelley Berkley U.S. and is also considered the strongest Democratic contender.
Former Gov. Bob List, now a member of the Republican National Committee, urged the governor to appoint to the seat Heller Democrats of Nevada quickly began its campaign to influence the decision in Sandoval.
“Nevada needs a senator who is focused on job creation and protection of our middle class, not ending Medicare as we know it and give more tax cuts for the rich, as Dean Heller is trying to do,” said Democratic Party spokesman Zach Hudson Nevada.
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