Las Vegas Sun

November 27, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Ensign’s scandal needs some closure

What is left to say about Sen. John Ensign? What comes to mind is this: What does all of this have to say about the Republican Party? Let us throw in Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn as well.

Doug Hampton alleges that Coburn even suggested a payoff of the Hamptons’ mortgage. Now, in today’s political parlance, what do we call that?

It is a good thing Doug Hampton is not in the political arena any longer. He stands by while his family accepts $96,000 from Ensign’s parents and yet he is still considering legal action for pain and suffering. Now what words can one come up with to describe this sort of goings-on?

Some have said the Republican Party’s silence about Ensign is because of the “there but for the grace of God go I” syndrome.

Ensign serving out the remainder of his term? You gotta be kidding.

When is everyone going to quit talking and force Ensign to resign? He has shown what his makeup is, and it is not good for the nation, for the state, or for the party.

I don’t know what good it would do for Ensign to “tell the whole story” and “answer all questions related to affair with former campaign staffer,” as a headline from an editorial in Sunday’s Las Vegas Sun suggests. Ensign should be man enough to resign. Period.

Of course, then Gov. Jim Gibbons would have to appoint his replacement. We don’t want to go there, do we?

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