GOP Senator Ensign’s Parents Paid $96,000 To His Mistress And Her Mighty ‘Proud’ Family

Huh?

Really.

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.

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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.

Massachusetts Sues Federal Government Over Marriage Law

This is where the tire hits the pavement.  DOMA must end.  President Obama needs to use his Justice Department for the promotion of equality and civil rights.

Massachusetts sued the U.S. government on Wednesday, challenging the constitutionality of a federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

“We’re taking this action today because, first, we believe that [the Defense of Marriage Act] directly interferes with Massachusetts’ long-standing sovereign authority to define and regulate the marital status of its residents,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said Wednesday afternoon.

“Massachusetts has a single category of married persons, and we view all married persons equally and identically,” she said.

“DOMA divides that category into two distinct and unequal classes of marriage.”

The lawsuit argues that the act, which became law in 1996, denies same-sex couples essential rights and protections, including federal income tax credits, employment and retirement benefits, health insurance coverage and Social Security payments.

“In enacting DOMA, Congress overstepped its authority, undermined states’ efforts to recognize marriages between same-sex couples, and codified an animus towards gay and lesbian people,” the state wrote in the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in federal court.

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Worker Bee

The bee on the  sunflowers this morning was truly working hard.  The hind legs are covered with pollen, making them bright yellow.

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Will Conservatives Call Pope Benedict A Socialist?

Maybe the GOP will start running ads against the Pope too.  It will be interesting to read the conservatives Catholics perspective on this idea from Ratz…given the high regard the Pope receives from this segment of the nation.  I think his overall themes are correct, but a “world political authority” is well……….probably not an idea that will jell anytime soon.  Should I assume the Pope will be the grand leader in this new undertaking, and that women need not apply? 

Hmmm…

….Benedict sketches a radically different world economy, in which access to food and water is a universal right, wealthy nations share with poorer ones and profit is not the ultimate goal of commerce. He advocates the creation of a “world political authority” to manage the economy.

He blames “badly managed and largely speculative financial dealing” for causing the economic meltdown. The primary capital to be safeguarded is people, he says, adding that economic systems need to be guided by charity and truth.