The husband of Sen. John Ensign's former mistress made "exorbitant demands for cash and other financial benefits" through an attorney, an aide to the Nevada Republican said Friday. In a statement to The Associated Press, Ensign spokesman Tory Mazzola said the demands from an attorney for Doug Hampton were made within the past month.
"The demands were referred to Senator Ensign's legal counsel, who is handling the matter going forward," the statement said. [...]
Unconfirmed reports that Doug Hampton was pressuring Ensign for money have circulated since the senator abruptly came forward Tuesday and confessed to a nine-month extramarital affair with Cindy Hampton, his former campaign treasurer and Hampton's wife.
Until Friday, the senator's office had not responded to questions about the allegations.
Ensign, 51, has said he intends to remain in the Senate.
The statement came hours after the Las Vegas Sun published a letter from Doug Hampton to a news organization asking it to expose the senator's "unethical behavior and immoral choice." The nearly 1,000-word letter to Fox News anchorwoman Megyn Kelly accuses Ensign of "heinous conduct and pursuit" of Cindy Hampton, even after both had left their jobs working for Ensign.
A source close to the Hamptons confirmed the letter was written by Doug Hampton. The individual was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.
There were reports that Dough Hampton has received favorable jobs and/or promotions from Ensign prior to the disclosure of the affair.
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published June 18, 2009 8:02pm
You're not along if you're wondering why Republican family-values hypocrite Senator John Ensign of Nevada suddenly confessed to an affair that ended 10 months ago.
Initially folks cited Ensign's recent appearance in Iowa as a possible motive for him to clean the skeletons out of his closet, and confess to an affair now, long before the 2012 presidential campaign gets underway.
But new evidence is coming to light which now casts new questions -- questions about payments and bribes being made -- questions about possible blackmail. By confessing, the blackmailers would not longer hold leverage over Ensign.
Sen. John Ensign helped his mistress's husband get two jobs during the time the rising Republican senator acknowledges carrying on an extramarital affair, an Ensign spokesman said Thursday.
"Just as he has done for many other staff members, Senator Ensign made recommendation calls for Mr. Hampton," Ensign spokesman Tory Mazzola said in a statement. Mazzola was responding to questions about the employment of Doug Hampton, a former aide to the Nevada senator.
Ensign on Tuesday admitted having a nine-month affair with Doug Hampton's wife, Cindy, who also worked for the senator. Ensign's office has said that both Cindy and Doug Hampton left their jobs in May 2008, and the affair ended in August 2008.
In the months after leaving his post, Doug Hampton quickly landed two positions with companies connected to Ensign.
One, a consulting firm that ran Ensign's 2006 campaign, acknowledges the senator encouraged the company to hire Doug Hampton.
A Las-Vegas based airline whose executives have contributed money to the senator declined to comment on whether Ensign was involved in Doug Hampton's employment.
Doug Hampton's easy transition from the political to corporate worlds isn't unusual. It does, however, raise questions about to what extent Ensign used his influence to assist two former employees who could have done damage to his career.
Was this Republican family-values hypocrite over a barrel? Did he confess -- not because he wanted to clear the air -- but to put an end to a blackmail scheme?
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