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Political Spawn Gone Wild: Rand Paul, John Barrow & More (PHOTOS)

From DUIs to human smuggling, see which elected officials have raised the biggest troublemakers.

Rep. John Barton’s son was charged with drug possession over the weekend, while Sen. Rand Paul’s son allegedly assaulted a flight attendant this month. From DUIs to human smuggling, see which elected officials have raised the biggest troublemakers.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department via WCNC TV; Charles Dharapak/AP

William Hilton Paul

Son of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

It was reported Monday that, in addition to underage drinking, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct at an airport, William Hilton Paul was also charged with allegedly assaulting a female flight attendant following a flight on Jan. 5. U.S. Airways has denied serving Sen. Rand Paul’s son—and Rep. Ron Paul’s grandson—alcohol while he was aboard the flight from Bowling Green, Ky., to Charlotte, N.C., but police still say it’s a possibility. Paul was arrested after landing at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. It’s unclear why the assault charge was not reported until this week, as it was filed on the same day as the others. The senator’s office released a statement following William’s arrest, noting that Senator Paul is just as much a public figure as he is the parent of a teenager, and he would appreciate some privacy for his family in this situation.

OnlineAthens.com (left),John Bazemore/AP (right)

James Pentlarge Barrow

Son of Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.)

Police pulled over 18-year-old James Pentlarge Barrow for speeding at around 5:30 a.m. this past Saturday, only to discover that the son of John Barrow, a U.S. representative from Georgia, was not only allegedly under the influence of alcohol but also allegedly in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The younger Barrow was released later that day on a $2,000 bond, and his father’s office has declined to comment on the charges.

Oxford Police (left),Nati Harnik/AP (right)

Branson ‘Randy’ Chabot

Son of Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)

Police said they could smell alcohol on Branson “Randy” Chabot’s breath when they responded to a fire-alarm call at Oxford, Ohio’s McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital last February and found him trying to break in. Then a senior at Miami University, Rep. Steve Chabot’s son told the officers that he worked at the hospital, but someone with access to the building had a different story. He was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, disorderly conduct, and making false alarms. His father said in a statement: “Every family faces challenges at times. Ours is no different. He’s our son and we love him.” In March, Randy pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and making a false alarm, agreeing to pay fines but avoiding jail time.

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Bradley Barton

Son of Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)

Not all of the indiscretions on this list are youthful. Rep. Joe Barton’s son Bradley was 41 when he pulled up to Highland Park Middle School and McCulloch Intermediate School in Texas to pick up one of his kids, allegedly drunk and with his other child in tow. A Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) police officer at the school was alerted to Barton’s apparently reckless driving by another parent, who said he’d almost crashed into her as she was getting in line to pick up her kid. Barton was charged with driving while intoxicated in a school zone with a child younger than 15 in the car. While his father has represented Texas’s 6th District in the House since 1985, Bradley’s political career never really took off. The Republican ran an unsuccessful bid for a House seat in 2002.

Shelby Co. Jail (left),AP (right)

Newton ‘Jake’ Ford

Son of former Rep. Harold Ford Sr. (D-Tenn.)

Like Bradley Barton, Newton “Jake” Ford tried and failed to follow in his father’s footsteps. Six years after his unsuccessful 2006 campaign to represent Memphis in the same U.S. House of Representatives seat that his dad, Harold Ford Sr., and his older brother, Harold Ford Jr., once held, Jake was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and marijuana possession. Police responded to a disturbance call and said they found Ford belligerent and smelling of alcohol. He was arrested with a blood alcohol level of .142.

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John F. Boyd

Son of former Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.)

Former Rep. Allen Boyd was a strong proponent of border security, voting in favor of building a wall between the United States and Mexico and supporting the Minuteman Project, a group of vigilantes self-appointed to monitor the Mexican border for illegal immigrants. So one can imagine it was much to his chagrin that his son, John, was not just arrested while his dad was still in office, but arrested for alleged human smuggling. Tipped off by a K-9 unit, officers found five undocumented immigrants—including a 6-year-old girl—hiding in the back of 30-year-old Boyd’s truck as he attempted to pass through a Border Patrol security check in Arizona in September 2008. In addition to the people, who had reportedly agreed to pay the representative’s son $3,000 each to take them to the United States, Boyd was also allegedly transporting crystal meth, unopened syringes, a burned and white residue-coated spoon, a few knives, a loaded pistol, and a spare magazine of ammunition. He was charged with alien smuggling, on which his father commented, “This is a family matter that my family and I will be dealing with privately. John is a grown man and must face the consequences for his actions, but he has the love and support of his family.” John Boyd pleaded guilty to a felony charge conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens for profit and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

San Antonio Police; John Kondres/Newscom

Jose Farias

Son of Texas State Rep. Joe Farias (D-San Antonio)

The Monday after Thanksgiving 2012, Jose Guadalupe Farias was indicted on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child and released on a $50,000 bail the same day. The 38-year-old’s accuser was under the age of 14 when he was allegedly abused, making Farias’s charge a first-class felony. “My son will be cleared of these charges,” declared Texas state Rep. Joe Farias in a statement following his son’s arrest. “My family and I have trust and faith in our system that protects all of us and withholds judgment without all of the facts.”