Sen.Coburn: Is He a Minister, a Doctor or a Senator?

July 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma announced that he will refuse to cooperate into any ethics investigation involving fellow GOP Senator Sen. John Ensign’s, extramarital affair with the wife of a campaign staffer and payoffs to his ex-mistress and her family.

Sen. Coburn claims that any discussions between himself and Sen. Ensign concerning the affair were privileged communications, because Coburn is an ordained minister, as well as a doctor, said the Senator in an interview with Roll Call.

“I was counseling him as a physician and as an ordained deacon. That is a privileged communication that I will never reveal to anybody. Not to the Ethics Committee, not to a court of law, not to anybody.”

The husband of Ensign’s ex-mistress, Doug Hampton is on a mission to hold Ensign publicly accountable for the harm he caused Hampton and his family.

Hampton claims that Sen. Coburn was directly involved in pressuring Ensign to write a letter of apology to his wife and to pay the family a cash settlement. Ensign’s parents ultimately paid members of the Hampton family $96,000, in separate payments of $12,000.

Sen. Coburn has denied Hampton’s version of events.

Ensign claims he did nothing wrong and is not only not resigning from office, but plans to run for reelection for his Senate seat. “Sen. Ensign has complied with all applicable laws and Senate ethics rules,” said an Ensign spokesperson.

Sen. Ensign and Sen. Coburn reside together with other Republican lawmakers; in a Capitol Hill residence known as C Street, run by a secret Christian fellowship organization. South Carolina Governor Sanford also resided at C Street while he was a member of Congress.

Ironically, Sanford was also recently embroiled in an extramarital affair scandal when he disappeared from his duties and family for a week to be with his Mistress in Argentina.

Meanwhile, Sen. Coburn is setting the stage for a showdown with his own Senate’s Ethics Committee. The people of Oklahoma elected Coburn to represent their interests in the Senate and not to act as a doctor or a minister.

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2 Responses to “Sen.Coburn: Is He a Minister, a Doctor or a Senator?”

  1. Old Man Dotes on July 17th, 2009 1:21 pm

    “Ensign claims he did nothing wrong and is not only not resigning from office, but plans to run for reelection for his Senate seat. “Sen. Ensign has complied with all applicable laws and Senate ethics rules,” said an Ensign spokesperson.”

    Really? Sources state that “Ensign personally paid Cynthia’s insurance to compensate for Doug’s loss of government benefits — all while continuing to pursue a sexual affair with Cindy Hampton.” That constitutes payment in exchange for sexual favors with an employee; it’s both prostitution (illegal in DC), and a violation of ethics.

    The United States Army and other armed services have a regulation that states that members of the service must avoid even the *appearance* of ethics violations. Should we hold Senators to a lower standard than a private in the US Army? If so, should Senators not be paid less than a private?

  2. Mike Licht on July 18th, 2009 10:29 am

    There’s nothing sinister about the C Street Fellowship. The group just believes that “love thy neighbor” trumps the Ten Commandments if you’re rich, white, male and Republican.

    See:

    http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/07/18/c-street-sex-scandal

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