June 23rd, 2009
10:06 PM ET
13 years ago

Ensign apologizes to GOP colleagues for affair

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/16/art.ensignfrown0616.gi.jpg caption="Sen. John Ensign apologized to his fellow Republicans on Tuesday – less than one week after admitting to an affair with a staff member."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Less than a week after admitting to an affair with a staff member, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, apologized to his Republican colleagues for his actions, which have already caused him to step down from his party leadership post and could threaten his Senate career.

"He apologized to us and his family. He said he was going to try to work to regain the confidence of his family and his colleagues," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said after the weekly Republican policy lunch in the Capitol, during which Ensign stood to speak.

On Monday night, Ensign was greeted warmly when he returned to the Senate after several days' absence dealing with the fallout from the scandal. More than a dozen senators - Republicans and Democrats - hugged him, shook his hand, or patted him on the shoulder.

"We all recognize what a painful experience this has been for him and his family and others involved. I think we just appreciated him saying how sorry he was," Cornyn said.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. John

    Don't apologize to your republican cronies, apologize to your wife.

    June 24, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  2. Bob of Lompoc

    You cannot deal with a man who is following his unit around. Senator, you must control it, not the other way around. You were unfaithful to your wife, with an employee, whose husband also worked for you, and whose child you sponsored to wowrk for the Republican Party. Triple play pal. If you spent as much time and energy entertaining your wife, you wouldn't have this problem. Go ahead, you can resign now.

    June 24, 2009 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  3. ~~ July ~~

    He said ' I know I know I know!!!! I should have listen to your advices guys but come on .... whatever happen to that pladge ' what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas ' ..... I know!!

    June 24, 2009 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  4. Butch Dillon

    This philanderer is a "promise keeper"! WWJ-Advise? Resignation!

    June 24, 2009 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  5. Eric

    Ensign is human garbage. Call for everyone else who does it to resign and now he wants sympathy? Disgusting.

    June 24, 2009 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  6. buckeyebill

    Apparently some in the party of "no" actually can say "yes"

    June 24, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  7. drew

    I thought it was a galactic waste of time when they tried hanging Clinton out to dry for his dalliance, and I'll think the same thing if they try making political hay out of Ensign's. Dammit, when we vote we're electing politicians, not Popes or stand-ins for sainthood. Ensign owes a sincere and heartfelt apology to his wife and that's it.

    June 24, 2009 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  8. Good/Bad

    Every single time something like this comes up its pointless. He does need to get focused on his family. Sit down with his wife and see if he will be able to save his marraige and to actually work at saving his marraige.

    However any single individual having an affair does not in anyway reflect on his ability to do their job. He wasn't elected to be some one that walks around perfectly pure. He was elected to represent his state in the senate and to run this country. Nothing in any of this has anything to do with him failing to do either of those which is his job. Anything beyond that is his own personal and private issue and concern not ours. As to the those commenting on Clinton the exact same is true for him. Its time people stopped worrying how some one else leads their own personal life and trying to dictate how pure and perfect they need to be based on their own view. Show how he isn't performing his job and come back. Then he needs to apologize to his constituents and members of the senate but until then the only person who should care about this is his wife.

    June 24, 2009 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  9. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    Personally, I don't think it's anyone's business what a politician does in his private life. As long as he does his job, it's irrelevant.

    Although, the hypocrisy that comes out of the "social conservative camp" is pretty sickening. These are the same people that were attacking Clinton for his affair. Or people who claim to believe that marriage is between one man and "one" woman. Newt, Limbaugh and others have been married and divorced multiple times. Even Reagan was divorced.

    I can tolerate hiring a politician with marital problems, but I can't stand a hypocrite.

    June 24, 2009 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  10. L.B.

    It just keeps getting better and better.

    Don't we pay these clowns to do a job?

    June 24, 2009 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  11. Christopher

    I wish Sen En(resign) runs for the white house in 2012. You can campaign on how you look after your staff very well.

    June 24, 2009 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
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