But first a happy picture of Senator Ensign and his wife Darlene who is ‘standing by her man’. Next to the conservative Republican’s wife is the mistress Cindy. and her happy pal of a husband Doug. One big dysfunctional group.
Tonight however a rather strange twist surfaced about $96,000 being paid by the Senator’s parents to the mistress and her family. Who pays for their son’s trollops? I guess ‘Promisekeepers’ need to keep some things quiet with cash. SSHHH….this is family values Republican style at work.
The story of Sen. John Ensign’s affair with a former staffer took a new twist Thursday with the revelation by Ensign that his parents gave the woman’s family $96,000 as a gift.
A statement released on Ensign’s behalf by his lawyer, Paul Coggins, said a check totaling $96,000 from both of Ensign’s parents was given to Cindy Hampton, her husband, Doug, and two of their children in April 2008. It described the money as two separate gifts to each family member.
“Each gift was limited to $12,000,” the statement said. “The payments were made as gifts, accepted as gifts and complied with tax rules governing gifts.”
Under U.S. tax laws, gifts of up to $12,000 are tax-exempt.
According to the statement, Ensign’s parents learned of the affair from their son and decided to make the gifts “out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time.”
Doug Hampton was Ensign’s administrative assistant and Cindy Hampton worked on his election campaign when the affair occurred. Ensign and his family were longtime friends with the Hamptons.
Ensign, a Republican from Nevada, announced the affair in June, more than a year after the check was given. Prior to the announcement, he was considered a possible Republican presidential candidate for 2012, and it is unclear if the affair has derailed his chances.
The revelation raised questions about whether Ensign violated campaign finance reporting laws. On Wednesday, Doug Hampton told the Las Vegas Sun political television program “Face to Face with Jon Ralston” that his wife received more than $25,000 in severance pay, which would trigger campaign finance reporting stipulations.