A Timely Q to C St. Townhouse Roomies: ‘Is Anyone Here Having an Affair?’


For anyone with even a scant interest in the C St. Townhouse, where Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) lived while wrestling with an affair with his campaign aide’s wife, this is the story for you.

The New Yorker’s lengthy Oct. 13 piece by Peter Boyer is headlined, “Frat House for Jesus.”

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) scored the best quotations in the story. He says:

“My wife doesn’t live here in Washington, she lives at home, and she loves the fact that I’m surrounded by a group of men that know her,” Coburn says. “She knows that if I start wandering, Marty or Mike Doyle or Bart Stupak or Heath, they’re gonna say, ‘Hey, what’s the deal?'”

But the best graph in the whole piece may be the last when Coburn, who could easily take the role of Senior Roomie for his good behavior and status of Most Likely to Follow the Tenets of the Bible, has this fantastic line.

In the meantime, when Congress is in session the Tuesday-night gatherings continue, still attended by members who no longer live in the house. During the supper accountability session, according to Tom Coburn, “a question that’ll be asked about every four weeks is, Is anybody here having an affair?”