On April 27 recently the News Gazette ran an editorial titled: Senator made right choice A member of the U.S. Senate has set a good example by acknowledging he set a bad example
The NG editorial portrayed John Ensign's disgraceful resignation from the US Senate (he was facing certain expulsion) as a moral high ground compared with Charlie Rangels pathetic behavior when he was investigated.
Now the details have emerged about Ensign's sordid affair, cover up, and criminal activity. The Senate Ethics Committee has refered the case to the Justice Department with both the top Republican and Democrat on the committee agreeing that Ensign had broken various laws.
Only a blindly partisan individual could find any redeeming moral high ground in the behavior of Senator Ensign. The man cheated on his wife with the wife of his best and trusted friend. This evangelical hypocrite was confronted and would not stop. Finally when the cuckold husband found out Senator Ensign tried to pay him off and committed crimes. He never came forward on his own to admit mistakes. He was caught, he covered up, he obstructed justice.
And the News Gazette editorial holds him up as an example to be followed.