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Top 6 Political Sex Scandals

Hannah Madans |
August 9, 2013 | 9:45 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been accused of 13 counts of sexual harassment. Of the accusers, at least eight are military veterans.

Filner has admitted to intimidating women. Some are now calling for a mayoral recall and Filner's resignation.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, a candidate for New York City mayor, has also come under fire for explicit photos sent under an alias. In 2011, he sent suggestive photos of himself via Twitter. As a result, he resigned from Congress. After his most recent scandal, he has dropped significantly in the polls.

Filner and Weiner may be the latest political sex scandals, but there are many others that have made the headliness over the years.

6. Senator David Vitter

Sen. Vitter (Creative Commons)
Sen. Vitter (Creative Commons)
Vitter was busted for using the services of the "D.C. Madam" after his phone number was found in a list of clients. The senator, a Louisiana Republican, was an advocate for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and other conservative platforms.

Vitter apologized for his use of high-class call girls and kept his Senate seat.

5. Senator, later Rep. Larry Craig

Rep. Craig. (Creative Commons)
Rep. Craig. (Creative Commons)
Craig was arrested a the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after gesturing with his hand and moving his foot beneath a bathroom partition of an undercover officer. The officer recognized this action as a signal to "engage in lewd conduct."

Craig pled guilty to disorderly conduct. He refused to resign, but did no run for re-election.


4. Rep. Barney Frank

Rep. Frank (Creative Commons)
Rep. Frank (Creative Commons)
Frank, the first openly gay member of the House of Representatives, was caught having an affair with a male prostitute in 1989.

Frank hired the prostitute to run errands and live in his home. The man continued to work as a prostitute from Frank's home.

A House Ethics Committee investigation, requested by Frank, found that Frank did not know his home was being used as a brothel, but reprimanded him for the use of House privilege in waiving 33 of the man's parking tickets and writing a memo attempting to end his probation for a prior infraction.

Frank went on to win several re-elections.

3. Senator John Edwards

Sen. Edwards (Creative Commons)
Sen. Edwards (Creative Commons)
In 2008 Edwards confessed to having an affair with aspiring actress turned documentarian Rielle Hunter. His campaign staff hired her to make videos for his campaign.

Edwards denied fathering her child, but in 2010 admitted to being the father.

In 2011, a North Carolina grand jury indicted him on six felony charges concerning using campaign funds to cover the affair. The result was a mistrial.

2. Gov. Eliot Spitzer

Gov. Spitzer (Creative Commons)
Gov. Spitzer (Creative Commons)
Former New York governor Spitzer was found attempting to transfer $10,000 to a business called the Emperor's Club by his bank. The bank tipped off federal authorities, who found that Spitzer met a $1,000 an hour call girl named Ashley Dupre.

Two days after the New York Times broke the story, Spitzer resigned.

Spitzer formerly was known for prosecuting prostitution rings.

1. President Bill Clinton

President Clinton (Creative Commons)
President Clinton (Creative Commons)
In 1998 Clinton had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.
Lewinsky confided information about the affair to her friend Linda Tripp, a Defense Department worker. Tripp secretly recorded their telephone conversations.

Clinton at first denied the affair claiming, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." Later, however, Clinton admitted to the relationship. His earlier denial during sworn testimony was considered false and perjurious.

The resulting investigation led to the impeachment of Clinton by the U.S. House of Representatives. He was later acquitted of all charges in a Senate trial.

Clinton was later held in civil contempt of court and his license to practice law was suspended in Arkansas for five years. He was also fined $90,000.


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