Senator John Ensign admits affair with member of campaign staff
Senator John Ensign, Republican of Nevada today admitted that he had conducted an extramarital affair with a member of his campaign staff. He had been considering running for president in 2012, and he led the Republican's campaign efforts in 2008.
The affair was consensual and took place between December 2007 and August 2008 and the woman worked for him on his campaign. She is married and her husband worked as a member of Mr. Ensign's official Senate staff, but neither have worked for him since May 2008.
Senator Ensign is married with three children.
In a statement released by his office in Washington, Mr. Ensign said: “I take full responsibility for my actions. I know that I have deeply hurt and disappointed my wife, my children, my family, my friends, my staff and the people of Nevada who believed in me not just as a legislator but as a person. I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions.”
Mr. Ensign’s wife also issued a statement, reaffirming her commitment to her husband: “Since we found out last year we have worked through the situation and we have come to a reconciliation. This has been difficult on both families. With the help of our family and close friends our marriage has become stronger. I love my husband.”
Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader and Nevada's senior senator, issued a statement on the matter:
“This is a very personal matter,” a spokesman, Jon Summers, said in a statement. “Senator Reid’s thoughts are with Senator Ensign and his family as they go through this difficult time.”