Ensign Resigns Senate Leadership Position

Senator John Ensign (R-NV) “has stepped down from his leadership post one day after admitting he carried on a marital affair with a woman who was on his campaign staff,” the AP reports.

Ensign conveyed his decision in a phone call with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who said he had accepted the resignation.

Ensign was chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-ranking spot in the leadership.

He remained away from the Capitol during the day, and aides declined to answer additional questions about the affair.

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