Sen. Ensign says he's resigning next month
April 21st, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Sen. Ensign says he's resigning next month

U.S. Sen. John Ensign, a Nevada Republican who is under an ethics investigation by the Senate, announced Thursday that he will resign his seat on May 3.

Ensign (pictured) had previously said he would not run for re-election in 2012 following revelations that he had an affair with a female aide who was the wife of another top aide, and that his parents subsequently gave money to the aides' family.

"While I stand behind my firm belief that I have not violated any law, rule, or standard of conduct of the Senate, and I have fought to prove this publicly, I will not continue to subject my family, my constituents, or the Senate to any further rounds of investigation, depositions, drawn out proceedings, or especially public hearings," Ensign said in a statement. "For my family and me, this continued personal cost is simply too great."

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    Well,what do you know,another kneejerk Republican just bit the dust! Nowadays,however,they're not much worse than the Democrats. They're all right-wing thugs or almost all.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jj

    politicians and their politricks!

    April 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gary Johndro

    This makes me wanna cry,it does,it does. We just can't lose any more of our kneejerk Republicans,we can't!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BigGameJames

    Did they ask for HIS birth certificate?

    April 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @Big Game James: lol

    April 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ole Lady

    Wonder if he did the ole Clinton cigar trick?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    Hey u still here?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    ok, if you see this Ole Lady, pls don't ever worry about me, I told you I am a loyal friend once I make the decision. Your PEACHES AND CREAM ole lady:)

    April 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    So sleepin with the WIFE of one of your top aides and buyin her off doesnt violate any code of conduct? And Im just so proud of him for sparing his family any personal cost. bless his lil heart! puh-leez!!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    Howdy, Jazzy and my sista. How are two of my fave gals doing today?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    and I tried ta greet all my bloggin pals(my sista,jazzzzz,ole lady et al ) but me and jazzzzz posted at the same time so i got booted. hey everyone 🙂

    April 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Im doin well and hows every lil thing with you guys ? you ba-lieve the nerva this Ensign guy ? bet his wifes just ever so grateful that he doesnt wanna put his family etc thru any hardship.ugh.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ole Lady

    they didn't let my last comment in. So I'll try again.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ole Lady

    Hey hey. Ladies.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ole Lady

    Ever since my hijacking (ouch still sore) been having trouble getting in. LOL. Some comments get in some don't.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
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