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Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 05/15/2011

John Ensign and Doug Hampton: With friends like these. . .

Former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) last year. (Cathleen Allison/AP)
The old advice about D.C. — “if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog” — is sounding better than ever since last week’s release of the Ensign report, which details the unusually close friendship between Sen. John Ensign and his BFF/administrative assistant Doug Hampton for nearly 20 years until Ensign’s ruinous affair with Cindy Hampton.

How close? According to the riveting 75-page narrative submitted to the Senate ethics panel, they were sooo close that:

Doug Hampton in June 2009. (Isaac Brekken/AP)
. . . their families vacationed together every summer at the Ensigns’ California lake house.

. . . the Hamptons moved to Las Vegas to be closer to the Ensigns (who wanted “their families to walk through life together”).

. . . they bought a home just a three-minute walk from the Ensigns.

. . . the Ensigns loaned the Hamptons $40K to refinance the home, which they couldn’t really afford.

. . . Hampton and Ensign, “addicted to golf,” hit the links together almost every Saturday and Sunday.

. . . the two families had dinner together most Sundays.

. . . the Ensigns insisted on footing the tuition bill so the Hampton kids could go to the same private school as their own kids.

. . . the Ensigns paid for the Hampton family to join them on a Maui vacation.

. . . the Hamptons moved into the Ensigns’ home after theirs was burglarized. That’s when the affair began. And the friendship ended.

Read the whole sad, sordid story: Senate ethics report on John Ensign

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