But Did Ensign Get His Money’s Worth?

Jim Burroway

June 18th, 2009

Oh, dear. Sen. John Ensign’s (R-NV) mistress scandal is taking some very interesting turns. When he first revealed that he had cheated on his wife, he said that he was coming forward because his former mistress and employee, Cynthia Hampton, was threatening to blackmail him. Then he said no, it wasn’t her, it was her husband and former Ensign staffer, Doug Hampton, who was doing the blackmailing.

The problem of course, is that extortion is a federal crime, and one would expect the authorities to launch into a full-scale investigation. But Talking Points Memo learned that neither the FBI nor local police are investigating any such reports. Ensign is now backing down from all of that talk about blackmail.

But now the Associated press found some very interesting tidbits. Like the fact that Ensign placed the Hampton’s 19-year-old son on the payroll, or that Doug Hampton received a final payment of $19,679 for his final month of employment in May 2008. And then there’s this point about Cynthia Hampton’s salary:

Her salary also doubled at Ensign’s campaign committee, where she was treasurer, beginning around the time the affair began. It went from $500 a month to $1,000 a month.

Everyone seems to think it odd that Hampton’s salary would double “around the time the affair began.” But when you think about it, of course her salery went up. I mean, c’mon think about it. She took on more responsibilities…

Lindoro Almaviva

June 18th, 2009

Just like I said, he yelled extortion so he could look like the victim. This was his former mistress would look like a whore who seduced him while he was suffering from missing his wife and all that bull.

I would say that this whole thing should be investigated and if the accusations of extortion are false, he should face criminal charges.

Leonard Drake

June 18th, 2009

There is a very large part of me that does NOT want this to blow up into some huge scandal right now — I want it to wait until it is time for his re-election (Class 1 senator – re-election is 2012). If he resigns now and is replaced with another social conservative right now, Nevadans may elect the “new social conservative,” completely forgetting the damage Ensign’s votes have cost the LGBT community. However, IF he does not resign and more shit is discovered underneath his covers close to the election, that will be one less social bigot to deal with.


June 19th, 2009

I certainly see your point Leonard, but the media is smelling blood in the water. Hopefully, like Vitter, he won’t resign.


June 20th, 2009

A slut is a slut is a slut.

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