LAS VEGAS, NV – Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), the other beleaguered adulterer from the right side of the aisle, is facing more allegations about his affair with the wife of a former aide and close friend of the family.
This time, the bombshells are coming from the cuckolded former aide, Doug Hampton, who told The Las Vegas Sun his wife was a “victim of coercion” by the senator, and not a willing participant in the affair.
He also claimed that Ensign, 51, paid his wife, Cynthia, who also worked for Ensign, “considerably more than $25,000 in severance when she was told to leave her job with Ensign’s campaign committee in April 2008.”
Ensign did not report the payment, as required by law, according to a Washington watchdog group.
That revelation, if true, could cause legal problems for the senator, who could face a possible felony violation of campaign finance law for failing to report it to the campaign committees where she worked.
“Willfully failing to report a contribution of more than $25,000 is a criminal violation subject to five years in prison, according to complaints filed last month by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW),” reported the Sun.
Hampton also indicated to the paper that a lawsuit is imminent. “You’ll see all of this through this discovery,” he said.
In a story that is developing by the minute, The Wall Street Journal also reported Thursday that an attorney for Ensign has said that the senator’s parents paid $96,000 to Cynthia Hampton.
Ensign attorney Paul Coggins said the senator’s parents made four $12,000 payments to Cindy and Doug Hampton and to two of their children, said the paper.
“The payments were made as gifts, accepted as gifts and complied with tax rules governing gifts,” Coggins said, in a statement. Ensign’s parents agreed to make the payments “out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time,” Coggins said, adding that the “gifts are consistent with a pattern of generosity by the Ensign family to the Hamptons and others.”
Cynthia Hampton, 46, has not commented on the situation since it was first publicly revealed by Ensign himself during a press conference June 16. There is increased speculation that Ensign outed himself in fear that the story was about to break anyway, and he would not be able to control the message.
Indeed, news reports have detailed the efforts Doug Hampton made in the days leading up to the announcement to get Fox News to help expose Ensign’s “heinous conduct and pursuit” of his wife. Hampton even sent a letter to Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, in which he entreated her to help him expose a politician who “has no business serving in the US Senate anymore!”
“Senator Ensign’s conduct and relentless pursuit of my wife led to our dismissal in April 2008,” Hampton wrote. “I would like to say he stopped his heinous conduct and pursuit upon our leaving, but that was not the case, and his actions did not subside until August of 2008.”
Hampton’s timeline of the affair, from December 2007 through August 2008, is consistent with what Ensign has described.