Sen. John Ensign Admits Extramarital Affair
It’s another week, which means that another prominent politician has copped to cheating on his wife. This week, our culprit is noted social conservative Senator John Ensign:
Sen. John Ensign (Nev.), considered a rising star in the Republican Party, yesterday acknowledged an extramarital affair with a former campaign staffer who is married to one of the lawmaker’s former legislative aides.
I am beginning to be of the opinion that if we truly wish to preserve the sanctity of marriage, we need to pass a law that mandates that all married politicians shall, upon taking office, be outfitted with a chastity belt to which only their spouse has the key.
It would save us a lot of time and trouble.
UPDATE (James Joyner): This is, naturally, all over the Interwebs:
- Nate Carlile rounds up some of Ensign’s past remarks on the sanctity of marriage. Let’s just say they’re a wee bit embarrassing under current circumstances.
- Radley Balko snarks, “Sadly, public acceptance of gay marriage has given yet another conservative politician no choice but to cheat on his wife.“
- David Kurtz weighs in with “This Ain’t Stayin’ in Vegas.”