Ensign Will Resign After The 2010 Election

1 comment December 1st, 2009at 11:19am Posted by Eli

Well, how else to interpret his explanation of why he’s not stepping down now:

Embattled Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., on Monday rejected calls for his resignation based on an extramarital affair with a former aide, saying to do so would take the focus off Republican efforts to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

In his first live interview since news of the affair broke this summer, Ensign warned Las Vegas Newsradio KXNT talk show host Alan Stock: “If I resign, we have a second Senate race. For the people who want to beat Harry Reid, if you have a second Senate race in this state you take the focus off of Harry Reid. … I think that would hurt the conservative cause.” Stock has called on Ensign, up for re-election in 2012, to step down.

“If I were to listen to some folks out there, we’d have a second Senate race. People need to think about that,” Ensign said.

I mean, if Ensign is only hanging onto his seat to make it easier to oust Reid in 2010, then he has no excuse to stay in office one minute after that election, right?  Or at the very least he should pledge not to seek re-election.  Otherwise one might think that this is simply a flimsy and transparent excuse for him to cling to power despite his blatant wrongdoing.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. woody  |  December 1st, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I would say that, rather than clinging to power, Ensign is clinging to privilege.

    I doubt he has much power, unless at C-Street, where his minstrations are doubtless highly valued.

    He’ll hang on long enough to assure that time shrouds his scummy story enough to make him employable on K Street.

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