Yes, an Adulterer WAS Living in “the Family’s” House; Yes, “teh Gays” Are Ruining Marriage

In the last post, I asked whether Cindy Hampton–John Ensign’s mistress–is the one who failed to report the severance she is said to have received.

But the Politico article has two more important details. First, this paragraph all-but confirms that the confrontation over the affair that took place in Tom Coburn’s presence took place in the home owned by "the Family."

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), another of Ensign’s housemates, told POLITICO on Monday that he wasn’t at the confrontation and knew nothing of the affair until Ensign’s news conference last week.

Others lawmakers who live with Ensign include Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.). An aide to Stupak declined to comment on the matter, and Wamp’s spokesman did not return a call seeking comment.

DeMint, Stupak, and Wamp have all been reported to live in "the Family’s" house on C Street.

Also note, Tom Coburn still doesn’t want to talk about the fact that he was being a moral scold for the two months of time when he knew his colleagues was conducting an affair.

And speaking of moral scolds, here’s the reception you get these days in the Senate if you’re a straight man abusing his marital vows.

During a vote Monday evening, Ensign was greeted warmly by both Democrats and Republicans, who approached him, shook his hand and gave him hugs. He was greeted by a slew of senators, including Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn, Bill Nelson, Jon Kyl, John Thune, Saxby Chambliss, Mel Martinez, John Barrasso, Lamar Alexander, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, John Kerry, Kent Conrad and Chuck Schumer.  

Most of these men, of course, like to claim teh Gays are ruining the institution of marriage. And most of these men, of course, gave Larry Craig a far different reception when his sex scandal was exposed.

It’s nice to see moral hypocrisy is alive and well on the Hill. 

15 replies
  1. Leen says:

    It’s nice to see moral hypocrisy is alive and well on the hill”

    “shook his hand and gave him hugs” What a fucking cesspool

    these folks pass a war resolution that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of death, injuries, millions of refugees, celebrate Iranian protesters while having had demonized protesters here in the states, went along with the undermining of the DOJ, allowed torture.etc etc I feel like I am going to get sick

  2. Teddy Partridge says:

    I hope there was also at least one terrorist-fist-jab.

    What a bunch of clueless amoral losers our Senate is.

      • emptywheel says:

        Well, it’s not like Kerry’s a crusader against gay marriage (or a hypocrite about divorce, having had one). So that doesn’t bug me so much.

        I don’t have a problem supporting a friend through their own boneheaded mistakes. I do have a problem doing so selectively, only if they’re straight mistakes.

        • prostratedragon says:

          it’s not like Kerry’s a crusader against gay marriage

          Oh certainly that, as far as I know he’s at least been quietly supportive on most equality issues. Nor am I particularly concerned about the purely marital/sexual aspects of Ensign’s problems, having taken a few different angles on some clouds at times. (What did she mean, both?)

          But it’d be nice to see some simple courage on some other issues, too.

  3. SaltinWound says:

    Did they not greet Craig warmly? I don’t remember. It seems like they usually protect their own.

  4. plunger says:

    Lindsey Graham seems a little light in his loafers to be backslapping adulterers…Hey Lindsey, what was the deal with the gay stud/hooker/reporter at the White House under Bush (literally), Jeff Gannon? Got any high fives and congratulations for your fellow closeted lawmakers and staff on that one?

    And by the way, does DeMint, Stupak & Wamp sound like the name of a law firm in Dumb & Dumber, or what?

    You know how you can tell what a Republican does when others are not watching?
    Whatever he accuses everyone else of doing.

    • Citizen92 says:

      It is certainly not competitive rent. $600/month is a steal unless the Senators are bunking in the same rooms together. And from the look/sound of things, they just might be bunking “together.” I could show you apartment comparisons, but here’s a reasonable benchmark too. Thompson-Markward Hall, a “young woman’s Christian accommodation” is located adjacent to the Hart Senate Office Building. T-M-H charges residents $900 a month for a ’60’s dorm-like accommodation.

      $600/month (utilities included I’d assume, are a steal). Residents of the Fellowship’s C Street house don’t have to worry about parking since, as Members of the House or Senate, they park for free in the nearby government garages.

  5. DeadLast says:

    Trey Parker and Matt Stone had a White House-based sitcom called “That’s My Bush”, which got yanked after 9/11. I could imagine a sitcom where a bunch of republican and democratic congressmen live together in a swanky DC townhouse owned by a conservative political machine. I wonder if margarita night comes the day after prayer night, or the other way around.

  6. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    Good to know there’s a Scarlet Letter Redux currently alive and flourishing on Capital Hill.

    I just think that instead of a scarlet ‘A’ on chest of the ‘offending’ female, we ought to start requiring a very oversized, brilliantly red codpiece be worn by all offending male Capital Hill Republican moral scolds who commit adultery. To be worn at minimum the length of their remaining term of office.

    (FWIW: Hate to be such a bore, but I do wonder… where do all these busy people find the time…?)

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