Ensign Gives Farewell, Apologizes to Colleagues

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - In his final speech from the U.S. Senate, Nevada Republican John Ensign says he was blind to how self-centered he had become, and he apologized to colleagues for putting them in a difficult position because of his affair with a former aide.

Ensign announced his resignation last month, saying he wanted to
save his family and others from the ongoing fallout of the affair, which had led to a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

The announcement of his resignation was an abrupt change of heart. Ensign had spent much of the past two years saying he would not resign because he hadn't done anything that violated the law or Senate ethics rules.

Ensign said he hoped that his legislative record would speak for him long after he had left the chamber.

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