Husband Of John Ensign's Mistress Speaks Out

Husband Of John Ensign's Mistress Speaks Out


You probably noticed that I didn’t write anything about John Ensign’s affair because it seemed like just another hypocrite doing what hypocrites do.

But when I read the following letter penned by one of Ensign’s former employees (as well as the husband of the woman Ensign pursued), I was moved enough to share it. You’ll find out why soon enough.

From Las Vegas Sun:

More than any time in my life I understand why people take matters into their own hands. I am disheartened! I have sought wise counsel, tried to do the right thing and continue to run into road blocks (sic) in dealing with a very terrible circumstance and injustice that lives in my life. I am hoping you and Fox News can help.

My name is Doug Hampton. I am a former employee of US (sic) Senator John Ensign. I worked for Senator Ensign in his official government office on Capitol Hill from November 2006 to April 2008. My responsibilities were the oversight of his personnel in Washington as well as the state of Nevada. Duties included budgets, policy and public speaking on behalf of the Senator and his initiatives.

Here is my story. In December of 2007 in the midst of some very difficult personal issues that deeply impacted my family and marriage, Senator Ensign pursued and engaged in a relationship with my wife. Our families were lifelong friends, our children attend school together to this day, and our homes are in neighborhoods across from each other. My wife was the Senator’s campaign treasurer.

There is a tremendous amount (sic) of details and critical facts associated with this story and their relationship that will not be addressed in this letter but are very important and need to be further explored if you choose to meet with me. The purpose of this letter is to establish the framework for discussion and provide enough information to warrant a meeting with you and Fox News. This is the only letter of its kind and no other news stations have been contacted with this information. I have great respect and affection for Fox News and many of your collages (sic). I’m sending this to you because you have a legal back ground (sic) and this story has several legal elements.

The unethical behavior and immoral choice of Senator Ensign has been confronted by me and others on a number of occasions over this past year. In fact one of the confrontations took place in February 2008 at his home in Washington DC (sic) with a group of his peers. One of the attendee’s (sic) was Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma as well as several other men who are close to the Senator. Senator Ensign’s conduct and relentless pursuit of my wife led to our dismissal in April of 2008. I would like to say he stopped his heinous conduct and pursuit upon our leaving, but that was not the case and his actions did not subside until August of 2008.

The actions of Senator Ensign have ruined our lives and careers and left my family in shambles. We have lost significant income, suffered indescribable pain and emotional suffering. We find ourselves today with an overwhelming loss of relationships, career opportunities and hope for recovery. Our pursuit of justice continues to place me and my family in harm’s way as we fear for our well being (sic).

Today, Senator Ensign’s responsibility and stature have increased within the US (sic) Senate. His is currently the head of “Policy” for the Republican Party, the number four position within the Parties (sic) leadership team. We on the other hand are completely ruined and left to deal with the aftermath of very evil and completely unjustifiable acts by one of our countries (sic) top leaders.

It appears there may be nothing the law can do to correct and bring justice and restitution to (sic) this terrible wrong that has been done to us. I have sought a number of lawyers who are having difficulty finding charges that may hold up in court. There are either technicalities that exist due to the time period in which I have sought help, or other nuances that quite frankly make no sense to me given the egregious acts and blatant abuse of power by Senator Ensign. From my perspective this whole nightmare is terribly wrong and completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

I clearly understand this story is difficult to believe for anyone reading (sic) for the first time. I too would have difficulty believing it, if someone brought me this story. However I assure you it is true and there are facts, a paper trail, phone records and personal witnesses to testify to its truth. It is my belief we are dealing with a very powerful person and an institution in the US (sic) Senate that only the media can pierce to expose the wrong and bring light and focus to what needs to be done? (sic)

Please help me! This should not be how the leadership of our country should be allowed to behave. I need justice, help and restitution for what Senator Ensign has done to me and my family. Regardless of technicalities, regardless of position, regardless of power this cannot and should not be tolerated in our country from our trusted leaders. Will you help? Will you consider a meeting with me to further discuss this story and what can be done to bring justice and correction to this situation?

I love this country and considered it a great privilege to work in the US (sic) Senate. I am bringing this to you and Fox News to address this professionally and correctly. I could have sought the most liberal, Republican hating media to expose this story, but there are people’s lives at stake and justice is about proper process as well as outcome. Senator Ensign has no business serving in the US (sic) Senate anymore! I will send you and (sic) email as well as leave you and your staff messages in an attempt to meet you and your team as soon as possible. I live and work in Nevada but can be in New York within hours, I look forward to your help.

Doug Hampton

What this guy did was pretty despicable, and now I think he should resign. And if Republicans are protecting him because of his stature within the party, well, they should stop immediately. Because like most hypocrites, it’ll only be a matter of time before he can’t help himself again and the GOP will have to deal with another one of these situations.

Be forewarned Republicans. If you let this one go it could seriously nail you later on.

  • ExiledIndependent

    If this guy’s story is true, Ensign has no place in government. In fact, I’d have a hard time finding a place for this guy anywhere.

    This speaks to a broader problem within the GOP. They need to do serious ethical housecleaning, getting rid of the slimeballs and the career politicians in favor of a new breed of statesmen and women. I hope that Fox shows some spine and at least gives this guy an interview.

    To date, Ensign’s behavior reminds me of that old Blues Traveler song. “In fact I don’t mean any of this, still my confession draws you near.”

  • Mike A


    I don’t believe you can ignore the possibility that this type of behavior exists in both parties, or most likely in any organization where very powerful people preside. Would we be surprised if the same type of accusations came to light within the democratic party?

    Mark Twain: “The offspring of riches: Pride, vanity, ostentation, arrogance, tyranny”

  • kranky kritter

    Yup, in my mind, instances such as these don’t speak in any meaningful way whatsoever to partisan perspectives. Powerful people are sometimes prone to doing all kinds of shit just because they think they can get away with indulging their whims. That includes stuff like cheating on wifes, accepting bribes and hiding the money under the ice cube trays, and so on.

    Power corrupts, and power’s corrupting influence has the same hold on men and on women, on whites and on minorities, on democrats and on republicans, on gays and on staights, on blondes and brunettes, and so on.

    This really should be so obvious to everyone that it’s not worth pointing out. But experience repeatedly demonstrates to me that partisans are always willing to claim that the other team’s identity groups are more prone to such moral weaknesses.

    The opaqueness of partisans on this point never ceases to astonish me.

  • Jake

    What’s most appalling is how poorly he writes. I can’t believe this guy had a job on a Senate staff. I’m sorry that Ensign did his wife, but cuckolded or not, Hampton should be going to night school. His skills are attrocious, which says a great deal about the level of intelligence in Ensign’s office.


  • ExiledIndependent

    Mike, you’re right–and I think for too long we’ve allowed our politicians to wallow in their power.

  • David

    Wow, Don Surber completely deleted his “Fox News made Ensign come clean” blog post.

    The title is still up on “Memorandum”

    I’ve never seen any blogger do this.

    Google, “Fox News made Ensign come clean”

    That how Republicans and Fox News deal with embarrassments to Republicans… OMISSION.

  • http://sidewaysmencken.blogspot michael reynolds

    It’s neck and neck between Ensign, Edwards and Gingrich for sheer unadulterated (heh) dickishness.

    I don’t think it’s about party. Sometimes people are dicks.

  • the Word

    I like that argument approach. SO before I make my point, anyone who doesn’t believe what I see is a transparent shill, hates America and mom and apple pie and probably sides with the terrorists.

    Slimebags happen on both sides although Gingrich, Hyde, Larry Craig, Helen Chenoweth, Mark Foley Ensign, Livingston, Dr. Laura, Limbaugh, Packwood, Visser, Thurmond and the Republican party have tried to cram down America’s throats for years that they are the party of family values. They also routinely have been against gay rights while frequently being the ones who themselves are gay.

    So Kranky, it isn’t the sex, it’s the rampant, blatant, self-serving hypocrisy. If you call for another person’s resignation for the EXACT SAME OFFENSE. You need to go. And that is why it is different.

    btw, didn’t vote for Clinton either time and I think Edwards was an idiot.

  • interracial cuckold

    Standing up for Ensign just makes the GOP look hypocritical themselves. How can anyone justify this? Yes, SOME of the people criticizing him are hypocrites themselves, but this guy? Needs to resign ASAP.

  • Chris

    So… how did Ensign make this guy’s wife sleep with him? Because this guy is playing her out to be the victim here as well.

  • Jake

    I agree with Chris. This whole thing sounds like water seeking its own level. If Hampton is now retroactively whoring his wife, then these people all deserve each other.


  • Tully

    What Chris and Jake said.

    Aide: Husband of Ensign’s ex-mistress sought cash

    Sounds like Ensign went public to defuse a blackmail attempt from Hampton, and Hampton is now trying to get a little revenge. Hampton trying to cash in or seek revenge, without noting that his primary problem here is a little closer to home? Heh. Sounds like all these people DESERVE each other.

    Of course, if every Congresscritter who had an affair resigned, Congress would have perpetual trouble getting a quorum together. Not that Ensign shouldn’t have stepped down from his leadership post, as he did. His constituents will weigh in with their verdict next election on the rest.

  • TerenceC

    So the only question not answered in this whole stupid “dicking” incident is what were the far more important topics deflected into nothingness and obscurity as the media and the viewers ate this asinine story up?