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Ensign to Strike His Flag?

Posted on | April 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

by Smitty (h/t The Virginians Daily)

Per The Hill:

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) announced Thursday he will resign his seat effective May 3.
“It is with tremendous sadness that I officially hand over the Senate seat that I have held for eleven years,” he said in a statement. “The turbulence of these last few years is greatly surpassed by the incredible privilege that I feel to have been entrusted to serve the people of Nevada. I can honestly say that being a United States senator has been the honor of my life.”
The senator plans to send his resignation letter to Vice President Biden on Friday.


Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) has already announced he’s running for Ensign’s seat, and it’s possible Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval would appoint him as Ensign’s replacement.

And the obvious Sharon Angle question:

According to Nevada law, Sandoval would then have to call a special election for Heller’s House seat. Republican Sharron Angle, who lost her bid to replace Reid last year, is running for Heller’s seat.

One can’t resist questioning the timing. Having held out this long against the charges of being a low-down, skirt chasin’ dog, what’s the point of not finishing the term? Is the stress of the budget fracas too much?


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