facebook
twitter
search
search

E-mails show Ensign aides knew of affair

Aug. 4, 2009 at 10:29 PM
| License Photo

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- E-mails obtained by The Las Vegas Sun show Sen. John Ensign's top aides at the National Republican Senatorial Committee knew last summer about his affair.

Ensign, R-Nev., acknowledged in June he had had a relationship with Cindy Hampton, whose husband, Doug, was both a close friend and a senior employee of Ensign's. The senator publicly confessed to the affair after he learned Doug Hampton had approached Fox News.

The e-mails showed some of Ensign's aides at the committee might have been distracted by the affair while they were dealing with the 2008 general election, which political observers had said could be disastrous for the GOP, the Sun said. The Republicans lost eight seats in the Senate.

Mike and Lindsey Slanker, a couple who run a Nevada-based consulting firm, November Inc., were working for Ensign. The Sun obtained e-mails sent in the summer of 2008 by both, suggesting they felt pulled in two directions by relationships with the Hamptons and Ensign.

"While we can't possibly understand what you must be going through, we struggle with being in the cross-hairs," Mike Slanker told Doug Hampton in an e-mail headlined "hey, guy." "We are happy to give Cindy space if that helps things."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korea officials defecting in fear of rising executions
North Korea: Airport terminal is 'new face' of country
Compact cannon for British armored vehicles
Texas AG Ken Paxton facing first-degree felony fraud charges
Kurds plan to carve state out of Iraq after fighting stops, leaders say