Ensign – Dems wronged Lott in 2002, Harry Reid should not be wronged in 2010

Nevada Sen. John Ensign said Monday it is wrong for his fellow Republicans to call for the resignation of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over racially insensitive comments he made about President Obama.

Ensign said he was angered by how Democrats treated former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., after he suggested the country might be better off if Strom Thurmond, who ran as a segregationist, would have won the presidency in 1948. Lott resigned shortly after he made the comments.

“Democrats were really wrong in what they did to Trent Lott, and we shouldn’t do the same thing to Sen. Reid,” Ensign said.

AP
1/12/10