Sen. John Ensign, the anti-gay conservative Nevada Republican who blasted former President Bill Clinton and demanded his resignation in the Monica Lewinsky affair, went public with his own extramarital affair only because he was blackmailed, the Associated Press reports.
The husband of Ensign's former mistress—Doug Hampton, a former aide to the senator—allegedly made "exorbitant demands for cash and other financial benefits" through an attorney. Ensign also helped Hampton "get two jobs" during the nine-month period the Republican senator acknowledges carrying on the affair. Ensign gave his mistress, Cindy Hampton, two pay raises during this time. In addition the National Republican Senate Committee, which Ensign chaired, "made twice-monthly payments, generally $500 apiece to Brandon Hampton," Hampton’s son.
Ensign is a "staunch Christian conservative" who voted for the proposed federal marriage amendment that would define marriage as "one-man, one-man." Not sure are blackmail and extortion considered good "Christian family values." Adultery surely isn't. John Ensign, another middle-aged poster boy for the "Do As I Say, Not as I Do" so-called "family values" party.