That being said will conservatives lose trust and respect for Tom Coburn knowing that he knew about John Ensign's affair and advised him to pay her off to keep quiet?
Coburn didn't do anything illegal or unethical actually, all he did was give advice. But being in the republican party means no skeletons in your closet, and if you advise someone else on how to keep their closet secret, how many bones do you have stacked up in yours?
Sen. Tom Coburn knew more than a year ago that his Republican colleague John Ensign was having an affair with a staffer – and he reportedly urged Ensign to end the relationship and pay a substantial sum of money to the staffer and her husband.
Doug Hampton – the husband of Ensign’s mistress – told Las Vegas Sun columnist Jon Ralston in a television interview Wednesday that Coburn and others had urged Ensign to give the couple “millions of dollars” so that they could pay off their mortgage and move away from Ensign’s hometown of Las Vegas.
Asked about that allegation Wednesday, Coburn’s office confirmed that the he knew about Ensign’s affair and had urged him to end it.