conducted by the Review-Journal show that Sandoval would beat Gibbons
by a 2-1 margin.
If Ensign were to resign now or anytime up to the filing period for candidates next March, Gibbons’
appointee as well as any other candidates would have to run in next Novembers election which would allow the winner to finish
Ensign‘s term which ends in 2012. If Ensign were to resign after the filing period Gibbons would still name a replacement,
but Nevada’s republican party would select which names would be placed on next November’s ballot to finish out
From a democratic point of view Ensign will continue to be a weight that pulls down the republican
party as long as he is in office just as Governor Mark Sanford, Governor Jim Gibbons and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) will
be because they too are admitted adulterers.
Maybe Ensign feels that he’s in good company and should not have to resign because no one else
in his party has resigned under similar circumstances, or maybe it is his fundamentalist cult that has kept him from resigning
because they have told he shouldn’t resign and that it’s OK for him to cheat and lie.
For the good of Nevada and its citizens the right thing for Senator Ensign to do would be to resign
now and for the republican party in Nevada which is in a disarray, they too should urge the Senator to resign as soon as possible
for their own sake.