BREAKING: Ensign Resigns Leadership Position

In the wake of Sen. John Ensign admitting that he had an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer, the Las Vegas Sun is now reporting that he has resigned his leadership position as the 4th highest-ranking Republican in the Senate:

Nevada Sen. John Ensign resigned his leadership positition today as chair of his party’s policy committee in the Senate after admitting having an extramarital affair with a former member of his campaign staff.

Ensign had been a rising star in his party Republican Policy Committee chairman, the the fourth-ranking leader of his party in the Senate. This year, he was mentioned as a possible presidential contender in 2012.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released a brief statement, saying Ensign has “accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized to his family and constituents. He offered, and I accepted, his resignation as chairman of the Policy Committee.”