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John Ensign Resignation Timing Raises Questions

LAS VEGAS — The resignation this week by U.S. Sen. John Ensign raised questions about what an ongoing Senate ethics probe has uncovered, while also muddling the field of candidates for congressional seats now held by the GOP headed into a k…

LAS VEGAS — The resignation this week by U.S. Sen. John Ensign raised questions about what an ongoing Senate ethics probe has uncovered, while also muddling the field of candidates for congressional seats now held by the GOP headed into a key election year.

The decision to step down marked an unexpected change of heart for the Nevada Republican who as recently as last month said he would remain in office until his planned retirement from politics because he had not violated ethics rules.

“If I was concerned about that, I would have resigned, because that would make the most sense, because then it goes away,” Ensign said then as he announced he would retire after 2012.

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