Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 | 11:23 a.m.
KXNT 840 host Alan Stock, host of “The Morning Source,” which airs before Rush Limbaugh, told listeners this morning Ensign should step down, the station reports.
Stock becomes the second Nevada talk radio host calling for Ensign’s ouster. When the affair was disclosed this summer, host Bill Manders of "The Bill Manders Show" at KOH 780 in Reno was the first to call for Ensign to resign.
Also, the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee told CNN that a preliminary investigation has been opened into Sen. John Ensign’s conduct surrounding his affair.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that the review has begun.
“I can’t discuss this with you other than to say that there’s a preliminary investigation going on,” Boxer told CNN's John King. “And we will look at all aspects of this case as we do whenever there’s a case before us and try to get to the bottom of it as quickly as we can in fairness to all.”
The New York Times last week raised fresh allegations of possible ethics violations after Ensign helped secure employment for Doug Hampton, a former top aide, who apparently went on to lobby the senator’s office in possible violation of the one year lobby ban. Ensign had been having an affair with Hampton’s wife, Cynthia, who also worked for the sentor.