Sexual scandals storm far and wide in politics

Political sex scandals. (NL)

Political sexual scandals of Al Franken (D-MN), Roy Moore (R-AL), John Conyers (D-MI) and Joe Barton (R-TX) are the latest in a growing line of famous people storming the news. The dam of accusations broke after the Oct. 5, 2017 story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged misconducts and sexual abuses.

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Among those in the line of fire include Ben Affleck, John Besh, Louis C.K., Nick Carter, Andy Dick, Mark Halperin, John Lasseter, Benny Medina, Jeremy Piven, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, and James Toback. Practically each day the list gets longer.

It’s been almost 20 years since former President Bill Clinton claimed he “did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” meaning the White House intern Monica Lewinsky. His scandal resulted in his impeachment by the House for perjury.  Although Clinton’s is now the most infamous sexual scandal by a president, such disgraces are nothing new to all sides of the political spectrum.

GOP sex scandals included Tom Foley, Larry Craig, Randall L. Tobias, and Dennis Hastert.

Colorado Democrat Senator Gary Hart had to drop out of his run for president in 1987 after photographs of him and model Donna Rice surfaced while they were in the Bahamas on a boat named ‘Monkey Business.’

Edward Kennedy, Senator (D-MA), had numerous extramarital affairs and exposed public indescretions, including public sex in 1985 and 1987 at La Brasserie restaurant in Washington D.C.

Barney Frank, Representative (D-MA), was reprimanded by the House for fixing parking tickets for Steve Gobie, a male escort who lived with Frank in 1989.

Wilbur Mills, Representative (D-AR), was exposed in 1974 after being found intoxicated with stripper Fanne Foxe. Later, he resigned after giving an intoxicated press conference from Foxe’s burlesque house dressing room.

Wayne Hays, Representative (D-OH) had his career ended after the famous Elizabeth Ray sex scandal in 1976. Ray had been on the payroll of a committee run by Hays for two years as a clerk-secretary. She admitted her real job duties were providing sexual favors for Hays. “I can’t type, I can’t file, I can’t even answer the phone,” Ray said.

Charles S. Robb Senator (D-VA) while married to Lynda Bird Johnson, acknowledged an “indiscreet friendship” with Miss Virginia Tai Collins, who claimed an 18-month affair.

Robert L. Leggett, Representative (D-CA), in 1976 admitted to fathering two illegitimate children by a Congressional secretary, whom he supported financially. He then had an affair with another woman, who was an aide to Speaker Carl Albert.

Democrat sex scandals involved John Edwards, Gary Hart, Ted Kennedy, and Anthony Weiner.

Some of the most notorious cases of sexual misconduct by politicians from both major parties include:

Politician Political Party Misconduct
Bob Packwood R 19 women accused him of sexual misconduct. Resigned in 1995.
David Dreier R CA Representative outed for his gay with relationship with his chief of staff in 2004.
Dennis Hastert R Speaker of House in 2016 pleaded guilty for illegal payments of $3.5 million to quiet allegations of sexual misconduct with a student when he was a high school teacher decades ago.
Ed Schrock R Virginia Representative allegedly caught on tape soliciting sex from a male prostitute.
Herman Cain R Republican presidential candidate suspended his 2012 campagin after being accussed for sexual harassment by several women.
Larry Craig R ID Senator arrested in 2007 and charged with lewd conduct in men’s restroom at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
Mark Foley R FL Representative resigned after sexting scandal involving underage teens.
Randall L. Tobias R Deputy Secretary of State, resigned in 2007 after being exposed as being a customer of ‘D.C. Madam’ Deborah Jeane Palfrey.
Steven C. LaTourette R OH Represenative exposed for long term affair with his chief of staff Jennifer Laptook while married. He later married Laptook.
Anthony Weiner D Convicted in 2017 of ‘sexting’ a 15-year-old girl and was made to sign the sexual offenders register.
David Wu D OR Representative resigned after making unwanted sexual advances to a fundraiser’s daughter in 2011.
Eric Massa D NY Representative resigned after admitting to groping male staffers.
Gary Condit D California Representative exposed for affair with 23-year-old intern Chandra Levy after she disappeared. Her body was found in 2008.
Jim McGreevey D NJ Govenor resigned in 2004 after it was revealed he appointed his secret gay lover, Israeli national Golan Cipel as homeland security adviser.
John Edwards D NC Senator caught inextramarital affair and fathring a child with Reille Hunter while his wife suffered from Cancer.
Mel Reynolds D Convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography in 1997.
Wade Sanders D Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy sentenced in 2009 to 37 months in prison on one charge of possession of child pornography.

 

 

 

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