Ensign's affair was with Cynthia Hampton, his reelection campaign treasurer. Hampton's husband was an administrative assistant, which is awkward. Even more awkward: the Hamptons are broke, and maybe defaulting on their shitty mortgage.
Douglas Hampton was paid about $101,000 in 2008 and $144,000 in 2007 as Ensign's administrative assistant. But a financial disclosure form he filed in 2007 and 2008 – required for senior congressional staffers - showed only checking and savings account worth a maximum $30,000 combined.
A review of public records shows that the Hamptons in 2006 took out a $1.2 million mortgage on their Las Vegas home, at an interest rate of 8 percent.
God, where is that Fannie Mae money when you need it? Cynthia shoulda slept with Harry Reid!
Nevada is the home of the second-highest rate of delinquent or foreclosed mortgages in the nation and also rapey governor Jim Gibbons, so it is frankly just remarkable that all of this didn't come out earlier.