Local news blogging: Sen. Ensign controversy

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Sen. John Ensign’s extra-marital affair turned into a monster Friday, after a New York Times article tied the senator’s infidelity to major ethics violations on Capitol Hill.  Allegedly, Ensign helped his top aid Douglas Hampton, who is also the husband of Ensign’s former mistress, find a job lobbying Ensign himself.  According to ethics law, senior aides are barred from lobbying the Senate for a year after leaving their positions. 

Ensign’s hopes for re-election in 2012 appear slim. Reconciliation with state bloggers, even smaller: 

Las Vegas City Life Blogs:

“Washington tongues are wagging after that lengthy New York Times story on the fallout from John Ensign’s affair with campaign aide Cindy Hampton.”

Las Vegas Advisor:

“The good news is that Ensign Junior is merely a U.S. senator and not — as he once was — a middle-tier executive in a major casino firm (with an enabling Dad sitting atop the company). The Senate can withstand negative PR far better than the casino industry.

Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., eyeing Ensign’s seat?

Laws possibly broken.

Las Vegas Gleaner:

“Everybody is always screwing everybody else in Washington anyway so nobody gave it a second thought when the Hairdo showed up all over town with Cynthia Hampton on his arm.”

National Conservative Blog-op: Instapundit highlights Ensigns tax problems.

Quote of the Day:

“If Johnny Casino can ride out this latest scandal (and it doesn’t seem likely), then the fun really begins.”

-Las Vegas Advisor

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