Las Vegas Sun

March 4, 2015

Currently: 61° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

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?

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

No trusted comments have been posted.