Sanford I have fewer problems with not resigning, although I think he should save South Carolina the embarrassment. His attention is clearly divided at this point and he let down the voters by abandoning his post.
But Ensign fired his mistress’ husband from his staff and then continued to pursue her after the fact. Not only that, his parents bribed her to the tune of $96K.
I mean, come on…
But here’s the kicker…he’s going to run for reelection!
When asked Monday whether he had any thoughts about stepping down, Ensign said his supporters are sending one message: â€œThey say, â€˜Donâ€™t.â€™â€‰â€
â€œI fully plan on running for reelection,â€ Ensign said late Monday evening. â€œIâ€™m going to work to earn their respect back.â€
The two-term Republican senator was back on offense Monday, saying his support is coming from his fellow senators as well as those â€œon both sidesâ€ of Senate leadership.
Ensign said his supporters are telling him, â€œKeep your head up. This thing will pass.â€
This is standard boilerplate when controversy pops up, so there’s no reason we should believe that Ensign is getting this advice from anybody but true believers. Still, if he runs in 2012 and wins? Well, I would be shocked.