John Ensign admitted Tuesday he had an extra marital affair with someone who had worked as a member of his campaign staff. He said, "Last year I had an affair. I violated the vows of my marriage," Ensign said at a brief news conference. "It is the worst thing I have ever done in my life. If there was ever anything in my life that I could take back, this would be it."
One of Ensign spokespeople, Tory Mazzola, said the affair took place
between December 2007 and August 2008 with a young woman married to an employee in Ensign's Senate office. While the Huffington Post writes of the scandal, former Republican strategist, Mark McKonnon wrote an article today entitled, “Ensign, Get Your Sorry Ass Out of the Senate.” In the article McKennan says John Ensign should not only be off the list of top 2012 GOP presidential aspirants but literally get out of the Senate. He says that having an affair may be bad but with a campaign aide particularly bad and even more so when the aide is married to a Senate staffer. He goes on to say how righteous Ensign had been when discussing the Sen. Larry Craig scandal when he said, : "I wouldn't put myself hopefully in that kind of position, but if I was in a position like that, that's what I would do. He's going to have to answer that for himself."
The issue, according to McKinnon, is the hypocrisy. Those who talk about the sanctity of marriage and then soil that institution all while condemning others is particularly a bad thing to do, revealing for judgment and really grounds for leaving the Senate. It is the hypocrisy that underlines the problem and goes on to say how Ensign talked about the Federal marriage amendment in his opposition to gay marriage, then what about violating those standards that he had said were so important. He quoted Ensign as saying “Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded. For those who say that the Constitution is so sacred that we cannot or should not adopt the Federal Marriage Amendment, I would simply point out that marriage, and the sanctity of that institution, predates the American Constitution and the founding of our nation.” This comes from a man who calls himself a born-again Christian, member of promise keepers, and someone who called for the impeachment of Bill Clinton because of the former presidents indiscretions. He also said Clinton should resign.
McKinnon says that’s exactly what Ensign should do.
The Republican camp McKinnon comes from reveals what they don't like about the type of indiscretions represented by Ensign, Larry Craig, and David Vitter. All three proclaimed the sanctity of marriage and have been adamantly opposed to gay rights. Yet all three were shown to have questionable activities in relationship to their wives, indiscretions that at times walked delicately on offenses potentially illegal. For example David Vitter
admitted to a sin against his marriage, although wouldn’t admit to what the sin really was, while embracing the marriage amendment and underlining the importance of the sanctity of marriage. He refused to resign when his name was found on the call girl records of Deborah Palfrey.
Both Republican and Democratic critics maintain it isn't the offense is much as it is the hypocrisy. Given the moral, conservative point of view it is likely that representative conservatives are particularly concerned when their messages are interrupted by those with "grave personal flaws" they condemn such as adultery they condemn others for, while they do the same thing and cover it up.