June 17, 2009

VIDEO: Cynthia Hampton, John Ensign's Mistress

VIDEO: Cynthia Hampton, John Ensign's Mistress

Sen. John Ensign, a conservative Republican from Nevada, has admitted to having an affair with a married woman. He said it was "the worst thing" he has ever done in his life, and on Wednesday, Ensign stepped down from his Senate post.

The woman in question was not named by Ensign, but multiple reports name her as 46-year-old Cynthia Hampton. According to those reports, the affair was well-known in Nevada political circles.

Politico reported that Hampton is married to Douglas Hampton, who worked in Ensign's Senate office. Both no longer work for Ensign.

According to Politico, Hampton served as the treasurer for Ensign's re-election campaign and for his political committee, Battle Born PAC . Also it is believed that Ensign's affair with Hampton took place between December 2007 and August 2008. Federal Election Committee records show that she ended her affiliation with the two committees in early 2008.

Hampton is also said to have worked as the assistant treasurer of the National Republican Congressional Committee . The former treasurer of the NRCC, Chris Ward, was accused of embezzling millions of dollars into his personal accounts.

VIDEO: Cynthia Hampton, John Ensign's Mistress

Posted at June 17, 2009 1:54 PM

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