Undercover In The Rotunda
John Ensign got the stakeout treatment yesterday, but the Senator wasn't all that forthcoming:
Confronted by the CNN team today, Ensign denied that he'd violated ethics rules.
"You can just see our statements on that," he said. "I think it's pretty clear. I said in the past I recommended him for jobs, just like I recommended a lot of people. But we absolutely did nothing except for comply exactly with what the ethics laws and the ethics rules of the Senate state. We were very careful."
Bash asked Ensign if he'd considered resigning.
"I am focused on doing my work," he said. "I'm gonna continue to focus on doing my work."
Ensign also said that he and his office "will cooperate with any official inquiries."
I would say that it's embarrassing for any politician to be subject to a stakeout. You don't look like the most innocent man that way. And it's good to see the cable nets doing some legitimate news-gathering. In fact, this resembles nothing so much as what Mike Stark's been doing on Capitol Hill for months now, confronting Republicans as they move around Washington. But Ensign got off pretty easily here. None of the core problems discussed in the New York Times piece were really given a full airing. It's hard to get all of that out in an impromptu interview, but the reporters could have been a bit more prepared.