As we reported last month, the scandal-tarred philanderer raised just $50 -- all from one donor -- in the first quarter of 2010. But he brushed off the paltry haul, telling the paper: "We just took some time off," and adding: "We're getting it geared back up."
If he does decide to run, Ensign, a conservative Christian, will certainly face some obstacles. Last June, he admitted to an affair with the wife of a top aide, Doug Hampton. When Hampton left Ensign's office in the wake of the affair, Ensign reportedly helped set him up as a lobbyist. And Ensign's parents made a payment of almost $96,000 to the Hamptons. The Justice Department and the Senate Ethics Committee are both currently investigating whether the senator violated lobbying rules or other laws during the saga.
A few Nevada Republicans have called on Ensign to step down, but most members of this party, both on Nevada and Washington, have been non-committal.