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By KEVIN FREKING and KATHLEEN HENNESSEY

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, a leading conservative mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, admitted Tuesday he had an extramarital affair with a woman who was a member of his campaign staff. "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."

Ensign spokesman Tory Mazzola said the affair took place between December 2007 and August 2008 with a campaign staffer who was married to an employee in Ensign's Senate office. Neither has worked for the senator since May 2008.

Ensign, 51, said he would not mention the name of the campaign aide involved in the affair. He described the woman and her husband as good friends.

"Our families were close," a weary-looking Ensign said. "That closeness put me into situations which led to my inappropriate behavior. We caused deep pain to both families and for that I am sorry."

Ensign made it clear he did not plan to resign. Ensign did not participate earlier Tuesday in a Senate vote concerning the ailing travel industry, an unusual absence considering the topic's relevance in his home state.

It was unclear why Ensign decided to disclose the affair Tuesday. He took no questions from reporters at the news conference.

Ensign's wife, Darlene, also released a statement about the affair.

"Since we found out last year we have worked through the situation and we have come to a reconciliation. This has been difficult on both families. With the help of our family and close friends our marriage has become stronger," Mrs. Ensign said.

The Ensigns have three children.

Ensign was first elected to the Senate in 2000 and quickly rose through the GOP ranks. He chaired the GOP's Senate campaign operation in 2007 and 2008, and last year was named chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the No. 4 position in the party's Senate leadership. The committee coordinates the GOP's legislative efforts in the Senate.

Last month, Ensign traveled to Iowa for a speech organized by a conservative advocacy group, sparking speculation that he had an interest in possibly running for president. Aides said the visit was about staking out a leadership position within the GOP.

Ensign has been a rising star among conservatives, speaking out against President Barack Obama's stimulus package, statehood for the District of Columbia and union-organizing legislation and in favor of gun owners' rights. Ensign has been a member of the men's group the Promise Keepers, a Christian ministry.

He had been highly critical of former Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, who served in Congress for a quarter-century when he was arrested in an airport bathroom sex sting. Ensign stopped short of urging him to resign but suggested strongly that he should.

"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," Ensign said. "He's going to have to answer that for himself." In the end, Craig served out his term.

Ensign is the latest member of Congress who has acknowledged infidelity. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is rebounding from being linked with a prostitute.

Over the years, Ensign and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have worked closely on issues affecting Nevada and have an agreement not to criticize the other publicly.

"Sen. Reid's thoughts are with Sen. Ensign and his family at this time," Reid spokesman Jon Summers.

Republicans lost eight seats last November under Ensign's campaign leadership, with one race, in Minnesota, still undecided. The losses put Democrats within one seat of having a 60-40 majority, enough to prevent the GOP from blocking bills and appointments if all of them vote together.

Ensign is a veterinarian and adopted son of a Nevada casino mogul. He clearly was the most influential Republican in his state as the governor, Jim Gibbons, struggled with a horrendous economy and accusations of infidelity as well.
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Decided to mix it up and cheat with a woman this time huh?
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There seems to be enough of this going around for both sides. Sometimes I think Shane is right when he (and I paraphrase here) says that these are personal issues and should not distract from their professional lives. Then I think that we want our leaders to meet the highest standards but in reality, how many can?

Anyway, for Ensign to say, "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," and then not resign is a double failing. Anything he says will now be suspect.

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There seems to be enough of this going around for both sides. Sometimes I think Shane is right when he (and I paraphrase here) says that these are personal issues and should not distract from their professional lives. Then I think that we want our leaders to meet the highest standards but in reality, how many can?

Anyway, for Ensign to say, "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," and then not resign is a double failing. Anything he says will now be suspect.
I agree. I don't care what he does with his dick. That is between him and his wife, and, apparently, girlfriend. Let them work it out.

But, when he makes it clear he thinks the rules he imposes on others to serve in government don't apply to his service in government, he crosses the line. This is really easy - stay out of the dogpile when someone gets caught varnishing their cane with a different brand - or make sure yours only gets the kind that has the state and church seal of approval. Given how god made the varnish wash off for the most part, I don't see how anyone thinks this is an issue with the ability to function effectively as a Senator, Representative, Judge or President. In fact, I would venture to say that well over half the leaders in human history enjoyed several brands of varnish when only one was sanctioned. Some maybe enjoyed more than one brand at the same time. Who cares and why?

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About the same way yours did on this one....

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He put himself in the position and he brought it up to the press and he can live with himself.
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The man is a liar and a hypocrite. Those are the kind of representatives you like?

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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Nope, he's acting like a Democrat when he lies.
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