Sex Scandals

The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to determine if the GOP or the Dems have bigger problems with impropriety.

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#1, Philip Giordano

Party: Republican
Position: Mayor (Waterbury, Conn.)
Scandal Broke: July 26, 2001
To the applause of spectators, former Waterbury, Connecticut, mayor, lawyer and ex-Marine Philip Giordano was convicted of sexually abusing two preteen girls—just 8- and 10-years-old at the time. Giordano claimed innocence: "I did not do anything criminal." Giordano was sentenced to 37 years behind bars in June 2003.

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#2, Bill Clinton (Jones scandal)

Democrat
Governor/Presidential Candidate
May 6, 1992
Bill Clinton hits our list three times. By our methodology, the Paula Jones scandal rated the worst: Unlike Gennifer Flowers or Monica Lewinsky, Clinton's alleged advances on Jones, when he was governor of Arkansas and she was working for the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, were not consensual. Jones sued Clinton in 1994, setting up a historic case. The Supreme Court ruled that sitting presidents could not wait until the end of their term to respond to litigation regarding their private actions. And it was Clinton's testimony related to Jones that set up his Lewinsky-driven impeachment. He later settled with Jones for $850,000.

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#3, Mel Reynolds

Democrat
U.S. Representative (Illinois)
August 12, 1994
When allegations surfaced he'd had sex with a teenager, Reynolds called the justice system "racist," and claimed police did not investigate months earlier when Reynolds alleged the woman was trying to extort him. Reynolds maintained he'd only fantasized with the young woman over the phone. The jury didn't buy it. He was convicted of criminal sexual assault and other charges in August 1995. He resigned shortly thereafter and was sentenced to five years in prison.

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#4, Robert Packwood

Republican
U.S. Senator
November 22, 1992
Packwood was an advocate of women's rights, a pro-choice Republican who had stood behind the Equal Rights Amendment and hired women to top positions in his office. But in 1992 The Washington Post published an article airing the grievances of 10 women, mainly former staffers, who said he had made unwanted and aggressive sexual advances starting in 1969. A Senate inquiry in 1995 found "substantial evidence" Packwood had abused his power, leading to his resignation.

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#5, Roosevelt Dobbins

Democrat
State Assemblyman (Arkansas)
August 10, 2005
A 17-year-old girl stopped by Dobbins' house one afternoon to use his computer to fill out a college entrance exam. They had been close—she considered Dobbins a "mentor," according to the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette—but it went further that day. While he gave her $20 before she left, perhaps to keep quiet—the girl went home and immediately called the police. Dobbins pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment, and was sentenced to one year probation.

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#6, Brock Adams

Democrat
U.S. Senator
March 1, 1992
For two decades, Adams used drugs and alcohol as aids in sexual abuse of female employees, according to eight anonymous women who cooperated in a 1992 Seattle Times article. Despite the anonymity, all eight signed statements confirming the veracity of their stories. One woman told paper, "I have no doubt he drugged me. I have no doubt he raped me." Officials were more circumspect: Adams was never charged, but he served just one term in the Senate, choosing not to run in the 1992 election.

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#7, Gary Becker

Democrat
Mayor (Racine, Wisc.)
January 16, 2009
Becker was arrested after meeting with an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl, after they had communicated online and agreed to meet at a local mall. Becker pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault of a child and child enticement-sexual contact.

During sentencing it came out that Becker had an affair with a former secretary and used city funds for a rendezvous. He got three years in prison for the sexual-assault charges—a relatively light punishment considering the maximum 45 years he faced.

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#8, John Edwards

Democrat
Former senator/presidential candidate
October 10, 2007
The squeaky clean presidential candidate's image took a 180-degree turn when the National Enquirer improbably broke the story of the senator's affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter, which happened while his wife was battling cancer. It involved an illegitimate child, a tell-all book, countless ruined reputations, and a lawsuit. Edwards' estranged wife Elizabeth died last year.

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#9, Mark Foley

Republican
U.S. Representative
September 28, 2006
When a concerned congressional page received a series of emails from Foley asking his age, what he wanted for his birthday and a photo, he wrote to a staffer, "Maybe it is just me being paranoid, but seriously. This freaked me out." ABC News released salacious and inappropriate virtual messages between Foley and a string of male pages, while more of Foley's former pages came forward with stories of the congressman's unsolicited virtual advances.

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#10, Larry Craig

Republican
U.S. Senator
June 11, 2007
Craig was arrested by an undercover officer during a sting operation to investigate misconduct in a men's restroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Craig sat in the stall next to the officer and began touching his right foot to the officer's left foot. He then waved his hand beneath the stall barrier, all part of an alleged ritual at the airport in which men pick up men for encounters. According to the official report, during his police interview, Craig gave the officer his business card identifying him as a U.S. senator and said, "What do you think about that?" Apparently, not much as the investigation continued and Craig later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

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#11, Daniel Inouye

Democrat
U.S. Senator
October 17, 1992
Inouye's misadventures in sex scandal-land began when Hawaii State Senator Rick Reed played on television a secretly recorded tape of Inouye's hairdresser saying he forced her to have sex with him in 1975. The hairdresser recalled a visit to the senator's apartment where he grabbed her, took off her clothes, and forced himself on her. Inouye, however, denied the charges. "I'm not suggesting that she is lying," Inouye said, according to an Associated Press article. "She's put on the spot like this and I don't know why she's saying these things." The hairdresser said she didn't consider the incident rape and demanded the ad pulled. Inouye's political career survived.

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#12, Bill Clinton (Lewinsky scandal)

Democrat
President
January 1998
The cigar, the stained dress, all the sordid details—the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton affair remains the biggest sex scandal to ever hit Washington. Newsweek portrayed Lewinsky as an attention-hungry, driven, and slightly delusional young intern who would hang about the Oval Office, eager to catch glimpses of Clinton. Lewinsky and Clinton's relationship was detailed in recorded phone conversations Lewinsky had with friend Linda Tripp. Clinton, of course, survived impeachment on related perjury charges and, with a faithful Hillary, went on to reclaim his public reputation. Lewinsky evaporated from the public eye, and in 2006 earned a master's degree from the London School of Economics.

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#13, Eliot Spitzer

Democrat
Governor (New York)
March 10, 2008
After a political career spent pursuing others' wrongdoing, Governor Eliot Spitzer stepped down in 2008 after details emerged that he'd spent thousands while in office on an upscale prostitution ring known as Emperors Club VIP. Client 9, as Spitzer was known, was especially fond of Ashley Dupré, an aspiring singer and model. Dupré has benefited from more than 12 million pageviews on her MySpace page to date and now writes for the New York Post. Spitzer has re-emerged as a co-host on CNN's Parker Spitzer.

#14, John Ensign

Republican
U.S. Senator
June 16, 2009
Ensign called for Bill Clinton's head in 1998, but said he had no plans to resign when he admitted to an extramarital affair in 2009. Between December 2007 and August 2008, Ensign carried on a relationship with one of his female campaign staffers, who happened to be married to an employee in his Senate office. He remains under investigation for allegedly trying to find lobbying work for that mistress' husband.

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#15, Eric Massa

Democrat
U.S. Representative
March 5, 2008
Numerous male staffers claimed that Massa groped and harassed them, and Massa quickly resigned as soon as the the scandal broke. In an interview with Glenn Beck, he said, "not only did I grope [a staffer], I tickled him until he couldn't breathe." Further investigation found that Tickle-Me-Eric's touchy reputation dates back to his days in the Navy.

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#16, Jim Gibbons (Scandal 1)

Republican
U.S. Representative
October 13, 2006
In 2006, a Las Vegas cocktail waitress accused Gibbons of sexual assault in a parking garage. Gibbons has claimed innocence. In his version, he was trying to catch the woman when she fell, but his press office later released misleading information about the incident, and police inexplicably waited a day to talk to Gibbons. The waitress, a single mother, has not pressed criminal charges, though a civil suit is pending. He was elected Nevada's governor, setting the stage for another sex scandal (see number 49).

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#17, Tim Mahoney

Democrat
U.S. Representative
October 13, 2008
Mahoney seemed to forget his campaign motto, "Faith and Family—Where I Stand," during his affair with a former staffer. Mahoney got his job after Mark Foley resigned in disgrace, but drew just as much negative coverage after his attempt to cover up his secret love interest, including an agreement to pay her $121,000 to keep quiet. Mahoney was also heard threatening to fire her on the tape of a profanity-laced call. He did not resign, but lost his seat in 2008.

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#18, Jim McGreevey

Democrat
Governor (New Jersey)
August 13, 2004
New Jersey's married governor resigned after admitting an affair with a man he appointed as New Jersey's homeland security adviser. To make the matter worse, news reports surfaced that the governor's secret lover, Golan Cipel, was unqualified for the job. The plot thickened when a former driver and aide claimed he, McGreevey, and McGreevey's wife Dina had numerous threesomes. McGreevey confirmed the ménages-à-trois, while Dina steadfastly denied they ever happened.

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#19, Mark Sanford

Republican
Governor (South Carolina)
June 24, 2009
When Sanford was a U.S. representative more than a decade ago, he called for Bill Clinton to resign and voted for three of the four articles of Clinton's impeachment. As governor of South Carolina in 2009, he admitted carrying on an affair with a woman in Buenos Aires. Sanford made the announcement after a week-long jaunt to Argentina, during which he remained incognito and had his staff tell media outlets that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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#20, Sam Adams

Democrat
Mayor (Portland, Ore.)
January 19, 2009
Portland Mayor Sam Adams admitted having sexual relations with a teenage staffer in 2005, but during his mayoral campaign he denied any contact. Beau Breedlove, the teenage staffer, was a legislative intern who turned 18 in June 2005, the same year Adams took office. "In the past, I've characterized my relationship with Beau Breedlove as purely non-sexual and that is not true," Adams told Willamette Week. "I want to publicly acknowledge I made a mistake and apologize for it." Breedlove told the Oregonian days after the scandal broke that Adams kissed him twice before he turned 18, adding that he "never felt like a victim."

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#21, Kevin Garn

Republican
State Assemblyman (Utah)
March 11, 2010
Despite a confidentiality agreement and $150,000, a woman went public with a story about a nude encounter in a hot tub with Garn in 1985, while she was still a teenager. "I was 28 years old and I foolishly went hot-tubbing with a young woman nearly half my age. Although we did not have any sexual contact, it was still clearly inappropriate—and it was my fault," Garn said on March 12. He resigned two days later.

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#22, Jim West

Republican
Mayor (Spokane, Wash.)
May 5, 2005
Spokane's mayor was accused of preying on young boys and abusing his power as a sheriff and Boy Scout leader, and of trolling gay chat rooms to offer male teenagers internships at his mayor's office. West, who had sponsored legislation banning gays from teaching in schools, was recalled from office and ended up in political exile. He admitted to using his power to entice a teenager to work for him, but denied the sexual molestation charges as a scout leader. West died of cancer a year later.

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#23, James Marzilli, Jr.

Democrat
State Senator (Mass.)
June 4, 2008
In the span of one month, Marzilli's reputation hit reverse, going from a well-regarded 17-year veteran of statewide office to a public menace. At least five women came forward alleging that Marzilli tried to grope them within the last two years—some said he'd groped them in public in downtown Lowell. Marzilli immediately sought psychiatric treatment and pleaded not guilty to annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex, among other charges. He resigned several months later and didn't exactly re-ingratiate himself to the public when he petitioned the state to double his pension from $14,000 to $27,000.

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#24, David Vitter

Republican
U.S. Senator
July 7, 2009
After a call from a private investigator hired by Hustler magazine, Louisiana Senator David Vitter admitted to the New Orleans bureau of the Associated Press he had been a client of the infamous D.C. Madam. The greatest irony: Vitter first won a seat in the House of Representatives after it was vacated by Robert Livingston—after Hustler threatened to expose Livingston's own adulterous affairs.

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#25, Donald "Buz" Lukens

Republican
U.S. Representative
October 23, 1990
Representative Donald "Buz" Lukens of Ohio has been repeatedly charged with sexual involvement with minors and in 1990 he was accused of fondling and propositioning a young woman who worked as an elevator operator at the Capitol. His other, more serious transgressions, however, fall outside the time frame of this ranking: In 1988, he was jailed for paying a 16-year-old girl $40 to have sex with him and, the next year, he was convicted of having sexual relations with a girl once when she was 14 years old and again three years later. Both times he received 30 days in jail.

#26, Richard Curtis

Republican
State Assemblyman (Wash.)
October 29, 2007
A firm opponent of gay rights, Washington state representative Richard Curtis became embroiled in a gay sex scandal when a man he slept with at a GOP retreat allegedly tried to blackmail him. Curtis told police the man, whom he met at an erotic book store, took his wallet and demanded he pay him $1,000 or he would expose his secret lifestyle. The man said he was just trying to recoup what was his—that Curtis said he'd pay him for unprotected sex, then reneged after the deed was done. Curtis resigned two days later, maintaining his heterosexuality.

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#27, Ken Calvert

Republican
U.S. Representative
January 22, 1992
Ken Calvert, on the face of it, was merely trying to be a gentleman. He offered to drive home a woman he'd met at a bar. After a while they pulled over. Then the cops showed up. After a year of coverup, a lawsuit by the Press-Enterprise in Southern California uncovered the police report which detailed what was really going on. The woman was a two-time convicted prostitute, and from the cops' perspective she and Calvert were doing more than talking. Calvert tried to drive away from police, and later said he was not aware the woman was a prostitute. He remains in office.

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#28, Paul Patton

Democrat
Governor (Kentucky)
September 17, 2002
Married Kentucky Governor Paul Patton was accused of vengefully facilitating a state crackdown on the nursing homes run by his much-younger mistress—after she broke up with him. He tearfully admitted to the affair in 2002 after initially denying it, but claimed he had never tried to sabotage her business. His mistress filed a lawsuit, which was eventually dismissed.

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#29, Kevin Shelley

Democrat
Secretary of State (Calif.)
August 24, 2004
Shelley was a rising star in the California Democratic Party until a former aide accused him of making sexual remarks about her ex-husband and simulating masturbation. She said he stopped a conference call with over a dozen people on it and asked what her sexual orientation was and that he and two male aides would "ride each other with chaps in the gay pride parade." He resigned his $131,250-a-year gig in 2005 amid accusations he'd funneled a state grant into his campaign funds.

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#30, Dan Burton

Republican
U.S. Representative
September 2, 1998
Despite his 100 percent rating from the Christian Coalition for his positions on key issues, Indiana Congressman Dan Burton admitted that he and his wife were separated three times during their 38-year marriage and that he fathered a child out of wedlock. One of Bill Clinton's harshest critics, Burton made the admission to preempt what he called a "scandal story" in Vanity Fair. He remains in office today.

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#31, Mark Souder

Republican
U.S. Representative
May 18, 2010
Amid an especially volatile midterm election, family values conservative Mark Souder admitted to an extramarital affair with a staffer. Souder resigned his seat down so that his, “mistake cannot be used as a political football,” he said. He had spent 16 years in Congress representing northeast Indiana, and claimed he was caring for his sick wife after missing a string of votes just before the scandal broke.

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#32, Bob Wise

Democrat
Governor (West Virginia)
May 12, 2003
Bob Wise dropped out of his bid for reelection after admitting an extramarital affair with a female government employee who was estranged from her husband. The woman's husband, a musician, was trying to sell the story to local media to make a few bucks when he was preempted by Wise's admission, according to the Associated Press.

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#33, Bill Clinton (Flowers Scandal)

Democrat
Governor/Presidential candidate
January 24, 1992
It's a threepeat for Bubba. The Gennifer Flowers case drops down on this list because news of her alleged 12-year affair with Clinton broke when Clinton was still governor of Arkansas. "The story is just not true," he said while on the presidential campaign trail. This would be the first of many denials, but in 1998 while he was denying sexual interactions with Kathleen Willey and Monica Lewinsky in sworn testimony, he said he had indeed had a sexual encounter with Flowers.

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#34, Rod Jetton

Republican
Speaker of the House (Missouri)
December 7, 2009
The Missouri House Speaker stands accused of felony assault for an S&M session gone wrong, in which he allegedly beat and strangled a woman to the point of unconsciousness. Jetton is the son of a Baptist minister and a staunch conservative. Jetton also faced a grand jury investigation into allegations that bribes from a strip-club owner caused him to slow legislation of a 2005 bill regarding adult entertainment. The Grand Jury adjourned without filing any indictments.

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#35, Jon Grunseth

Republican
Gubernatorial candidate (Minn.)
October 15, 1990
Nine days before he was scheduled to run in the election for Minnesota governor in 1990, Jon Grunseth dropped out of the race amid news of an extramarital affair and dalliances with teenage girls. His win was practically a foregone conclusion when two women alleged that several years earlier Grunseth had skinny dipped with his 16-year-old adopted daughter and a teenaged friend. Grunseth quit politics and now runs a cherry orchard in Australia.

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#36, Paul J. Morrison

Democrat
Attorney General (Kansas)
December 8, 2007
There had been years of accusations before Morrison admitted to a two-year affair with a staffer that took place during his time as Kansas attorney general. Some of the sexual encounters even happened within the Johnson County Courthouse. The woman also alleged sexual harassment shortly before quitting her job in 2007, and claimed that Morrison pressured her to obtain sensitive information about a political rival. Morrison admitted only to the affair, but resigned shortly thereafter.

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#37, Helen Chenoweth

Republican
U.S. Representative
September 10, 1998
Sex scandals are equal-opportunity affairs. Helen Chenoweth, the only woman on our list, was an überconservative Idaho politician who lambasted President Clinton for his infidelity. Then she admitted to her own affair to remember: a six-year tryst with a married rancher she worked for during the 1980s. Who could forget her response subsequent to media inquiries: "I've asked for God's forgiveness, and I've received it," she said. More importantly, voters also forgave her. Chenoweth was reelected to the seat she originally won in 1994 after her opponent also admitted to an extramarital affair.

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#38, Henry Hyde

Republican
U.S. Representative
September 17, 1998
While serving as a member of the judiciary committee that recommended impeaching Bill Clinton in 1998, Hyde admitted to an affair with a married woman named Cherie Snodgrass from 1965 to 1969, when he was also married and working as a lawyer in Chicago. Hyde chalked the affair up to a "youthful indiscretion." He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom shortly before his death in 2007.

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#39, Kwame Kilpatrick

Democrat
Mayor (Detroit)
January 24, 2008
Kilpatrick thought he could get away with denying an affair with his chief of staff—until a subpoena provided hundreds of steamy text messages between the pair. The revelations were even more damaging because the mayor had denied the affair on the stand several years earlier. The texts also suggested the affairing pair had fired police officials looking into Kilpatrick's alleged mayoral misconduct. Kilpatrick's scandal-ridden tenure ended with a sentence of four months of jail.

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#40, Mike Duvall and #41, Jerry Thomas

 

#40, Mike Duvall
Republican

State Assemblyman (Calif.)
September 8, 2009
California State Assemblyman Mike Duvall (left) made one mistake even bigger than having two affairs—he was caught on tape bragging about his sexual exploits. In 2009, he made lurid comments to a colleague during an Appropriations Committee hearing, thinking that his microphone was off. To wit "So, I am getting into spanking her. Yeah, I like it. I like spanking her." And that's not exactly the worst of it. When the recording became public, the father of two was stripped of his committee assignments and resigned soon after.

#41, Jerry Thomas
Republican
State Senator (Louisiana)
December 10, 2002
Thomas, a doctor, was busted in a sting operation at a local adult video and bookstore for lewd behavior while engaging in what police called “sexual activity” with another man, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and got six months probation and a $350 fine. His 24 years in elected office ended in February 2003 when he announced he wouldn’t run again so he could spend time with his family.

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#42, Vito Fossella

Republican
U.S. Representative
May 8, 2009
It was bad that Fossella was arrested for drunk driving on May 2, 2008. It was worse that he was driving drunk in Alexandria, Virginia, roughly 221 miles from his Staten Island constituents. That got people to thinking: Why was Fossella driving drunk in Alexandria? Six days later, Fossella admitted to an affair with a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and being the father of their 3-year-old. On May 20, Fossella dropped out of his reelection bid.

#43, Bob Allen

Republican
State Assemblyman (Florida)
July 11, 2007
Allen sponsored legislation to crack down on public sex, but in 2007 he was caught offering to pay an undercover cop $20 and perform oral sex on him in a park. Allen's excuse: He thought the undercover cop, who he said happened to be a "pretty stocky black guy," was trying to mug him. "I am filing a not guilty plea. I am vigorously going to fight this," said Allen when the news broke. He resigned one week later and was sentenced to six months probation.

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#44, Gary Condit

Democrat
U.S. Representative
April 30, 2001
Condit was a longtime legislator who had never hit the national stage, at age 53. Chandra Levy, 23, worked as was an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Condit carried on an extramarital affair with Levy, who went missing in May 2001 and was later found murdered. Condit was at the center of a media swirl (an illegal immigrant was charged years later) and left the House in 2003—he later opened a Baskin-Robbins franchise in Arizona. He was sued by the chain in January 2009 for unpaid franchise and attorneys' fees.

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#45, Don Sherwood

Republican
U.S. Representative
July 22, 2005
Sherwood began an affair with a woman 35 years his junior in 1999 after the pair met at a Young Republicans event. The affair became public when the woman filed a $5.5 million civil lawsuit that alleged physical abuse, according to the Associated Press. Sherwood admitted the affair, but denied every abusing his former mistress. Sherwood reportedly settled the suit for $500,000, and lost his reelection bid in 2006.

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#46, Robert Livingston

Republican
U.S. Representative
December 17, 1998
The speaker-elect of the House of Representatives was one of the loudest critics of President Clinton's indiscretions in the leadup to the impeachment, which is why his fellow Republicans were shocked when he admitted he had "strayed" from his marriage once he heard a media exposé was in the works. (Larry Flynt of Hustler said he received tips from four women that Livingston was cheating.) Republicans hoped Livingston would make a lower-profile speaker than scandal-prone Newt Gingrich, but he resigned the post after admitting his affairs.

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#47, Bob Barr

Republican
U.S. Representative
January 12, 1999
Larry Flynt's million-dollar offer for information about a member of Congress having an affair also hit Bob Barr, another fierce critic of President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky and a leader of the movement to impeach him. Flynt said Barr had an affair and paid for his ex-wife's abortion, despite his anti-abortion stance. Barr never disputed the allegations.

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#48, David Paterson

Democrat
Governor (New York)
March 19, 2008
New Yorkers were unwittingly ridded of one sex scandal-plagued governor only to get another. Paterson never hired prostitutes, but almost immediately after he was sworn in he admitted to the New York Daily News that for years he and his wife had had extramarital affairs. For two or three years Paterson had an affair during what he termed a "sour" period.

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#49, Kirk Fordice

Republican
Governor (Mississippi)
June 12, 1999
The conservative Mississippi governor and a female companion were the last passengers on board a flight from Atlanta in 1999. The companion wasn't his wife, and, unlucky for Fordice, a Memphis television reporter was sitting right behind him, according to The Clarion-Ledger. The woman got up to use the restroom and she and Fordice kissed in the aisle. The reporter later snapped a few pictures in the Memphis airport of Fordice and the woman, who turned out to be a longtime flame named Ann Creson. After leaving office, Fordice divorced his wife and married Creson—whom he also later divorced.

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#50, Jim Gibbons (Scandal number two)

Republican
Governor (Nevada)
April 6, 2009
After filing for divorce, Gibbons came under fire from his wife who, in court papers, accused him of having extramarital affairs with a former Playboy magazine model and another women who he had sent hundreds of text messages. The governor denied the women were anything more than friends, but did pay back the state $130 for his extensive text messages. Gibbons is the only pol to have weathered multiple sex scandals—besides, of course, Bill Clinton.

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#51, Chuck Robb

Democrat
U.S. Senator
April 26, 1991
Tai Collins, a former Miss Virginia, alleged to NBC and The Washington Post that she and Robb had a one-night stand in 1984. Robb countered that nothing more than a bottle of Champagne and a massage were shared. The truth never came out, and Robb went on to serve in the Senate until 2001.

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#52, Marc Dann

Democrat
Attorney General (Ohio)
May 2, 2008
Dann was dogged by a sexual-harassment scandal surrounding his coworker and close friend, who was accused of harassing two women in the office. Other staff members were accused of ignoring the complaints. Dann admitted to having an affair with a coworker, which critics said contributed to the negative, sex-charged atmosphere of the office, and he resigned.

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#53, Antonio Villaraigosa

Democrat
Mayor (Los Angeles)
July 5, 2007
Three weeks after he separated from his wife of 20 years, L.A.'s mayor announced he had been carrying out a secret affair with a local Spanish-language TV news reporter. The affair didn't exactly mesh with Villaraigosa's family man image, but he and his wife had not always had a smooth marriage. In 1994, while his she was battling thyroid cancer and Villaraigosa was running for the California Assembly, he allegedly ran off with the wife of a friend. The couple reconciled, until 2007.

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#54, Gavin Newsom

Democrat
Mayor (San Francisco)
January 31, 2007
The popular and handsome San Francisco mayor lost some of his nice-guy appeal when his campaign manager and friend abruptly resigned after saying Newsom had an affair with his wife, who also once worked for Newsom. Newsom admitted the affair at a press conference and apologized, and the incident has left his political career untarnished.

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#55, Ed Schrock

Republican
U.S. Representative
August 30, 2004

Schrock's political career came to a halt when a gay activist outed him and Schrock abruptly resigned. He had allegedly used a phone service to arrange a sexual liaison with another man. Schrock, a staunch conservative and leading opponent of gay rights, couldn't weather the allegations, saying they "will not allow my campaign to focus on the real issues facing our nation and region."

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#56, Rudy Giuliani

Republican
Mayor (New York)
May 2, 2000
A short article in the New York Daily News in May 2000 mentioned an unnamed "friend" who had dined recently with New York City's mayor. A week later, the woman's name was known throughout the five boroughs: Judith Nathan, a philanthropy fundraiser. Giuliani announced he and his wife, Donna Hanover were officially done on May 10 during a press conference that he forgot to tell his wife about in advance. Nathan and Giuliani were married in 2003 in a ceremony presided over by the new New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg.

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#57, Roy Ashburn

Republican
State Senator (Calif.)
March 4, 2010
Earlier this month, Ashburn, a divorced father of four, was arrested for drunk driving in a state-owned vehicle with a companion after leaving a gay nightclub in Sacramento. To make the matter worse, Ashburn happens to have voted against every gay-rights measure in California since taking office. Ashburn came out on a local radio show on March 8, and said he will not run again for public office.

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#58, Steven C. LaTourette

Republican
U.S. Representative
October 23, 2008
LaTourette's wife blamed the corrupt atmosphere of Washington, D.C. when her husband left her for another woman. "He was a wonderful husband and father, the best I ever saw, until he went there," Susan LaTourette told The Hill. She wanted to reconcile, but Rep. LaTourette wasn't having it. So, she did what every scorned political wife does: She went to the press to exact revenge.

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#59, Jack Ryan

Republican
Senate candidate
June 21, 2004
Businessman Jack Ryan's Senate campaign had been chugging along just fine. He had won the Republican primary, had the advantage of vast personal wealth, and was going up against a Democratic Party upstart. Then it was revealed in court papers that his ex-wife, Star Trek actress Jeri Ryan, alleged that Jack insisted the couple go to sex clubs and have sex in public at various times during their marriage. The veracity of these claims was not confirmed, but Ryan's campaign was kaput. His replacement, conservative Alan Keyes, didn't stand a chance against the man who went on to win the Senate seat—Barack Obama.

#60, Al Gore

Democrat
Former Vice President
June 23, 2010
Accusations of impropriety followed the revelation that he and wife Tipper would be ending their union after 40 years of apparent bliss. He is charged with having extramarital liaisons with several women, including a nameless Hollywood actress, a fellow environmentalist and a massage therapist. But the scandal elevated when a 2006 police report was uncovered by the National Enquirer. No criminal charges were filed, but in the report—filed by an upscale hotel masseuse—Gore was accused of making unwanted sexual advances and forcing an open mouth kiss upon the woman.

#61, Christopher Lee

Republican
U.S. Representative
February 9, 2011
For now, the severity and frequency of Lee’s indiscretions is unclear, but his buff upper body will forever be a part of his fall from Capitol Hill. Thanks to a helpful tip sent to Gawker from a female, 34-year-old government employee in Maryland, the whole World Wide Web can learn how the former Congressman attempted a meet-up by answering her personal ad on Craigslist. Lee, 46, claimed to be a 39-year-old, divorced lobbyist. Lee’s office initially claimed the incident was due to a hacker and pressed that he “is happily married,” but a formal statement released hours later announced he was resigning due to “profound mistakes.”

He later told Fox News, “I have to work this out with my wife.”

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#62, David Wu

Democrat
U.S. Representative
July 22, 2011

While Wu has a history of oddball behavior, which he later claimed to be the result of a stressful divorce in an interview with “Good Morning America” earlier this year, Wu may have a more difficult time recovering from recent allegations of sexual assault. The daughter of a friend and campaign donor left a voicemail at the Representative’s Portland office accusing him of an “unwanted sexual encounter”, according to an article published by The Oregonian. Wu announced he will not seek re-election, but, an anonymous adviser told Politico, “ he hasn’t done anything that rises to the level of requiring him to resign.”

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#63, Anthony Wiener

Democrat
U.S. Representative
May 27, 2011

Anthony Weiner’s political future was hampered by his tear-filled admission to sending semi-racy texts and Twitter messages to women. While Weiner’s staff pulled the now-standard tactic of announcing the flash was the mark of a hacker, he eventually confessed that the explanation was designed to mask his embarrassment. “The picture was of me and I sent it,” acknowledged Weiner days after the photo was posted on his Twitter feed. Adding to the embarrassment, just weeks later it was revealed that his wife, Huma Abedin, was pregnant. He resigned from Congress on June 21, 2011.