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Text of Sen. John Ensign’s resignation letter

ENSIGN TO RESIGN FROM OFFICE

April 21, 2011

Washington, D.C. - Senator John Ensign today announced his resignation as the 24th United States Senator from the state of Nevada. In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden tomorrow, Senator Ensign will state that his resignation from office is effective as of May 3, 2011.

"It is with tremendous sadness that I officially hand over the Senate seat that I have held for eleven years," said Ensign. "The turbulence of these last few years is greatly surpassed by the incredible privilege that I feel to have been entrusted to serve the people of Nevada. I can honestly say that being a United States Senator has been the honor of my life.

"I know that my staff has been devoted to helping those in our state when they needed our assistance the most, and I hope that this will be the enduring legacy that we leave behind. As I close the door to this chapter of my life, I am left with memories that I will forever treasure. Traveling across our state during the years, I have heard incredible stories of strength, of struggle, and of compassion. I have met people who have forever changed me, and I can say that I will go through life a better person because of the struggle that I have been through and the support that I have received.

“While I stand behind my firm belief that I have not violated any law, rule, or standard of conduct of the Senate, and I have fought to prove this publicly, I will not continue to subject my family, my constituents, or the Senate to any further rounds of investigation, depositions, drawn out proceedings, or especially public hearings. For my family and me, this continued personal cost is simply too great.

“I am gratified that, after extended investigations, both the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission saw no grounds on which to charge me with improper conduct. I was hopeful that, with the closure of these investigations against me the wear and tear on my family and me would soon be over. This was not the case.

“As is its right, the Senate Ethics Committee is continuing its investigation of issues into which it has been inquiring for the past year and a half. Indeed, the Committee even decided recently to devote more resources to its investigation by hiring an outside counsel even though the issues have been viewed and reviewed by so many others.

"I came to office with the pledge to make this country a better place, but that pledge does not end with my resignation. I will continue to fight for a better country and for a future that our children deserve. I cannot fully express what serving the people of Nevada has meant to me, but I will try to repay them for their trust for the rest of my life.

"To the people of Nevada, I humbly say thank you for what you have given to me through the years. To my family, thank you for the support and love that you have shown me. To my staff, thank you for coming on this incredible journey with me and for standing by me despite the obstacles."

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  1. And the Hampton family thanks Ensign's parents for the $96,000.

    Good riddance.

  2. "It is with tremendous sadness...."

    We, your constituents, on the other hand, are extremely pleased. I just went out on the street and danced for joy. You, sir, are certified pond scum. And I am pretty sure I speak for most when we say we are glad you are gone.

    "...I will not continue to subject my family....to any further rounds of investigation, depositions, drawn out proceedings, or especially public hearings. For my family and me, this continued personal cost is simply too great."

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. We get that. You stated that before. The last time you appeared in front of a camera, you announced you were not seeking re-election. Then you walked off stage. But there was one problem. You left your bright eyed wife on stage blinking her eyes in confusion like a deer caught in the headlights...while you walked away. So much for that family values thing.....

    "...I was hopeful that, with the closure of these investigations against me the wear and tear on my family and me would soon be over. This was not the case."

    I find when someone states the obvious, loudly proclaims that is not the case, loudly proclaims innocence, proclaims foul loudly again...then that usually is indeed the reason why they resign. And, make no mistake about this, Ensign has resigned in shame. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Shame.

    "As is its right, the Senate Ethics Committee is continuing its investigation.... Indeed, the Committee even decided recently to devote more resources to its investigation by hiring an outside counsel even though the issues have been viewed and reviewed by so many others."

    Boo hoo hoo. Why's everyone picking on me. BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT! I hope they continue to investigate and prosecute. If they can't do that, then I hope they determine you are a corrupt politician. If even that don't happen, then I hope they censure you for improprieties.

    "I will continue to fight for a better country and for a future that our children deserve."

    Yeah. Right. Good luck with that. I guess you're saying you failed to do that while in office, so perhaps people will listen even more closely now that you quit and proclaimed yourself as a corrupt criminal failure. Good luck going into half term Governor Sara Palin territory. Maybe Fox News will hire you too. You can host a show called "Conservative Veterinarians For Jesus Show" or something.

    "...but I will try to repay them for their trust for the rest of my life."

    No, thanks.

    I'll pass.

    Don't re-pay me for anything.

    That's okay.

    Just go away, Ensign.

    You don't seem to get it. The voters of Nevada only want to forget you, Ensign.

    And thankfully, your resignation will endeavor us to make sure that forgetfullness happens.

    Very quick and very soon.

  3. He can hem and haw to his heart's delight about why he's resigning on May 3, but this is the real reason he's decided to resign:

    ""As is its right, the Senate Ethics Committee is continuing its investigation of issues into which it has been inquiring for the past year and a half. Indeed, the Committee even decided recently to devote more resources to its investigation by hiring an outside counsel even though the issues have been viewed and reviewed by so many others."

  4. Senator Ensign, I believe that you should not have resigned as it is a definite sign of weakness. A lot of people have gone through much more trouble than you have and if you feel strongly that you are innocent of the charges then you should fight the system, of which you are a part.

    Our country has been essentially divided because of the two party system, the political representatives of which instead of serving the majority of the American people tend to support mainly special interest groups, with a small number of people with an undue share of power and/or wealth. Senator Ensign, you had a chance to break out of the bickering between the democrats and the republicans, yet you have chosen to take the easier route; that is to resign.

    Most politicians beg for votes during election time and then once they are elected forget to represent their own constituents. Your office, however, has been quite helpful to all constituents, regardless of party affiliation, this I will give you great credit for.

    On the other hand, here is an example of a democrat, who even helped re-elect Senator Harry Reid, who needs help yet no one has helped.

    This man told me yesterday that his son was severely injured in Afghanistan a week or two ago.
    I asked this gentleman, yesterday at the gathering for President Obama's visit to Reno, why did he not call Senator Reid's office? His answer was, basically that although Senator Reid is a nice man and does usually do the correct political thing, he, however, is not much into helping his constituents when they need his help.

    Here is this man's story:
    I will not use his name to protect his privacy.

    The man I refer to is a retired US Army officer, who is a Ranger and served in the Special Forces in Vietnam. His son was severely injured in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan a week or two ago, in which an Afghani dressed in an Afghani Army uniform detonated himself which caused death and injury.
    His son, who taught medics in Afghanistan, was severely wounded, most probably with the loss of both legs and severe shrapnel wounds to his entire body. His son is in a Dubai hospital. The father, wants his daughter-in-law to be able to visit his son in the hospital but needs some assistance with a visa to Dubai for this.

    I called Senator Reid's office and left a message, though I haven't heard back yet. Anyway, I hope that someone from Senator Reid's office does call me so that I can refer them to this person who is 74 years old.

    Thus, I may not miss Senator Ensign, as I have never met the person, yet I will miss the efficiency of his staff.

  5. For the record, Senator Ensigns staff has bumbled when it comes to constituents requesting help. Senator Ensign pledged to help this constituent with a problem in the Nevada mining industry. He did not help this constituent. . . he did help the mining industry with a cover-up of false records involving timely reported unlawful safety and health violations. What would a constituent expect from a man that is a hypocrite and proven promise breaker? If anyone received help from Senator Ensign or staff they are few and far between and should consider themselves lucky. As it is most apparent Ensign only helped himself.
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