Family values will be a fun campaign issue in 2012:
Republican Sen. John Ensign said Monday that not only does he have no intention of resigning in light of his affair and his parents’ payout to the woman’s family, he plans to seek reelection when his term is up in 2012.
Ensign told the Las Vegas Sun he has received calls and e-mails of encouragement from supporters both in Nevada and Washington.
When asked Monday whether he had any thoughts about stepping down, Ensign said his supporters are sending one message: “They say, ‘Don’t.’ ”
“I fully plan on running for reelection,” Ensign said late Monday evening. “I’m going to work to earn their respect back.”
I will be really surprised if there is not a primary challenge for him in the future. Then again, so much of the family values nonsense is just whipping up the bubbas and gay-bashing, and not actually living up to those values, so maybe just having a ginormous loudmouthed hypocrite like Ensign rewarded for having an affair and then paying off the family is just a natural progression for the GOP. In their own way, they’re just keeping it real.