U.S. Sen. John Ensign, the Nevada Republican who shocked — shocked! — the political world Tuesday night when he announced in Las Vegas he had recently “violated the vows” of his marriage by having an affair with a campaign staffer married to a former Senate aide, has a couple ties to Colorado.
The formerly rising star and, until Tuesday, probable GOP candidate for president in 2012, can always dust off his degree in veterinary medicine, earned at Colorado State University in 1985. Before entering politics, the adopted son of a casino mogul ran Sin City’s first 24-hour veterinary clinic, the West Flamingo Animal Hospital, and owned another veterinary clinic for nearly a decade after first winning election to Congress.
But you know what they say about students at Colorado’s largest land-grant university once they experience the bright lights of a big city — the silver-haired senator doesn’t even appear to have attended his 20th reunion.
As for more current ties to the Centennial state, Ensign, who appears to have spilled the beans about his extramarital affair under threat of extortion, has been a long-time adherent of the Denver-based men-only evangelical ministry Promise Keepers (motto: “Men of Integrity”).
“Seems like he may have stumbled a bit on promise 3 and promise 4,” TPM’s Josh Marshall points out.
Those would be:
A Promise Keeper is committed to practicing spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity.
A Promise Keeper is committed to building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values.