The Guy I Voted For Did What?! 40 Racy Political Scandals That You May Have Forgotten About

Chris Myers and His Alleged Affair with “Rentboy”

Chris Myers and His Alleged Affair with “Rentboy”

Chris Myers, Former Mayor of Medford, New Jersey, was caught red-handed, in his blue underwear. On October 22, 2011, a website reported an alleged extra-marital affair between Chris Myers and a male companion dubbed “Rentboy”. The encounter was witnessesd at a California Hotel. Myers denied the accusations and was placed on administrative leave shortly afterward from Lockheed Martin where he was Vice President. When asked about his sexuality via the Courier Post, he stated, “I’m not commenting on my personal life.” Myers submitted his resignation from the Medford Township council on December 5, 2011.

So Many Women, So Many Problems for Herman Cain

So Many Women, So Many Problems for Herman Cain

Herman Cain was accused of sexually assaulting three women when he was the head of the National Restaurant Association.These alleged assaults occurred between 1996-99. Cain denied that the assaults ever happened. According to politico.com, Cain made sexual innuendos towards these women and asked them inappropriate questions.

The 5,000 Page Diary and Bob Packwood

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Back in November of 1992, Senator Bob Packwood was involved in an incident which included accusations of sexual harassment and abuse. Initially, ten women came forward, accusing Senator Packwood of sexual assault and sexual abuse. These women were mainly staffers and lobbyists. Eventually, the number of women who came forward increased to 19. He went before the Senate Ethics Committee and turned over a 5,000-page diary. The diary noted some of his abusive behavior, some of which raised questions of him violating criminal laws.

True or False? Affair Rumors About John Boehner

True or False? Affair Rumors About John Boehner

John Boehner supposedly had an affair with a lobbyist by the name of Lisbeth Lyons. Boehner served as Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015. It appears that the politician likes to play the field because he was also accused of having a fling with a press secretary by the name of Leigh LaMora. Neither of these affairs have been confirmed.

Hinkle Was Looking for a Really Good Time

Hinkle Was Looking for a Really Good Time

Phillip Hinkle, a former Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives was caught in a scandal back in 2011. Hinkle met a man by the name of Kameryn Gibson via Craigslist. Gibson was 18 years old at the time and Hinkle was looking for “a really good time”. Hinkle agreed to pay Gibson $140 for that good time. They met in a hotel room and an encounter almost happened, but Gibson stopped it. Hinkle then offered Gibson money to keep quiet about the situation, but word got out, and GOP lawmakers debated on whether Hinkle should resign or not. He is still married and still in politics.

Christopher Lee Got Lured in by a Fake Lobbyist on Craigslist and Got Busted

Christopher Lee Got Lured in by a Fake Lobbyist on Craigslist and Got Busted

Congressman Christopher Lee was busted thanks to an undercover lobbyist on Craigslist. In 2011, Lee solicited a woman on the website that he believed to be a lobbyist. He used his Gmail email account and sent the lady a shirtless photo. The woman discovered that Lee was a married Congressman and gave the information to Gawker (an online media website that has since shut down). Gawker published the information that was given to them on February 9, 2011.

Mike Duvall Spilled the Beans Unaware That He Was Being Recorded

Mike Duvall Spilled the Beans Unaware That He Was Being Recorded

Former Republican member of the California State Assembly, Mike Duvall was caught on live television confessing his sexual exploits. Duvall spoke to a GOP committee member Assemblyman Jeff Miller on July 8, 2009, at an appropriations committee meeting. Duvall’s microphone was “live” and he divulged his graphic exploits while being recorded live, although he was whispering to Miller. KCAL 9 News aired the footage on September 8, 2009. The FBI performed an investigation on this issue, and Duvall did not face federal charges.

Mark Sanford Left Everything Behind and Had an Affair in Argentina

Mark Sanford Left Everything Behind and Had an Affair in Argentina

Between June 18 through June 24, 2009, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford went missing. All of his work and personal phones were turned off and he did not respond to any form of communication. His wife and children were concerned about his disappearance as well. It turns out that he took a plane to Argentina to have a fling with a woman that he had starting talking to months before. He returned to the U.S. and admitted his infidelity at a press conference.

Donna Accused Rudy of Notorious Adultery

Donna Accused Rudy of Notorious Adultery

New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Ex-Wife, Donna Hanover had some not-so-nice things to say about him. Giuliani was seeing a woman named Judith Nathan, who is coincidentally his current wife, at the time of his infidelity. Donna accused Giuliani of “notorious adultery” during this turbulent time in his political career and marriage.

Newt Loves Those Spring Chickens

Newt Loves Those Spring Chickens

Republican and Former Member of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich had an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek in the earlier part of the 1990’s. Newt was open about the affair in 1993, even though he was still married to his then wife Marianne Ginther Gingrich. Calista was 23 years Newt’s junior, and their relationship did not produce children.

John Ensign Had an Extra-Marital Affair with a Married Woman

John Ensign Had an Extra-Marital Affair with a Married Woman

Former Congressman and U.S. Senator John Ensign started seeing staffer Cynthia Hampton Christmas of 2006. Cynthia’s husband Douglas Hampton and John Ensign were friends. Doug also worked as an administrative aide for Senator Ensign, and in 2008, Doug Hampton confronted him about the affair. Both Doug and Cynthia Hampton ended up losing their jobs. In April 2008, Ensign’s parents gave Cynthia Hampton and her family $96,000 as severance pay.

Vito Fossella Cheated with a Retired Air Force Colonel

Vito Fossella Cheated with a Retired Air Force Colonel

Republican Member of the House Vito Fossella had an affair with Laura Fay, who was a retired United States Air Force colonel back in 2008. Their relationship resulted in the birth of a child, even though Fossella was a married man at the time. On May 20, 2008 he served out the remainder of his term and did not run for re-election.

Larry Craig Went Looking for Love in the Stalls

Larry Craig Went Looking for Love in the Stalls

Larry Craig served 18 years on the U.S. Senate before he was arrested for lewd conduct on June 11, 2007. He was in a bathroom at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport when he made a signal to a man in another stall, asking him to engage in a lewd act. The senator was arrested for lewd conduct. On September 30, 2007 he resigned from the senate.

Boutin Emailed a Lady of the Evening and Got the Boot

Boutin Emailed a Lady of the Evening and Got the Boot

Republican Charles R. Boutin was forced to resign from the Maryland House of Delegates after several email exchanges between him and a prostitute were revealed. When these emails surfaced in 2007, he submitted his resignation to the Public Service Commission. As a result of this, Governor Ehrlich appointed Sheryl Davis Kohl to take the place of Boutin in 2007.

Bob Allen Landed Himself in Hot Water over a Twenty Dollar Bill

Bob Allen Landed Himself in Hot Water over a Twenty Dollar Bill

Former Florida House of Representatives Republican member Bob Allen made headlines back in the year 2007 when he was arrested for offering money to a male undercover police officer. Allen attempted to pay $20 to perform oral sex on the officer and was then arrested for solicitation. Allen maintained his innocence and said that he believed the undercover police was going to rob him and he felt intimidated.

Bob Livingston Lived It up with His Extramarital Affairs

Bob Livingston Lived It up with His Extramarital Affairs

Bob Livingston is a former Republican U.S. Representative from Louisiana. Livingston went on record and admitted to having a myriad of extramarital affairs. In 1998 Free Speech Activist Larry Flynt made an offer of $1 million for each defaming story about Livingston’s sexual trysts. One of the stories was made public, when Livingston admitted that he did indeed have an affair and withdrew his candidacy for Speaker.

Calvert Got Cornered in a Car with a Prostitute

Calvert Got Cornered in a Car with a Prostitute

In 1993, Republican Congressman Ken Calvert got caught with a prostitute in his car. He was caught by two Corona California police officers while he was in a car with a lady of the night. Calvert said that he was just having a friendly conversation with the woman and he was “just talking” to her. After the report was released Calvert confessed to having made “love” in his car with the woman, although he was not arrested since there was no evidence that any money was exchanged.

Jim West Denied Sexual Assault Charges

Jim West Denied Sexual Assault Charges

James Elton “Jim” West was the mayor of Spokane, WA who was involved with a gay internet sex scandal. In 2005, charges of sexual abuse surfaced, connected to West. In another incident, Robert J. Galliher claimed that West sexually assaulted him while he was a member of West’s Boy Scout troop. West said that the molestation allegations were “flat lies,” but admitted to have previously had online relationships on Gay.com. On The Today Show, May 30, 2005, West explained his support for laws unfavorable to gays as such: “If someone hires you to paint their house red, then you paint it red. Even if you think it would look better green.” On February 16, 2006, the FBI closed its investigation of West, saying that there were not enough facts to indict him on federal charges.

There Were No Limits to Jack Ryan’s Sexual Exploits

There Were No Limits to Jack Ryan’s Sexual Exploits

Republican Politician Jack Ryan and his Ex-Wife Jeri were involved in a scandal back in 2004. Jeri claimed that Jack took her to “love” clubs and wanted her to carry out lewd acts in public. Jeri also said that the club was equipped with cages, whips, and other apparatus hanging from the ceilings. These findings affected the decision of who got custody of Jack and Jeri’s child and Jack ended up withdrawing from the GOP primary on July 29, 2004.

Steve LaTourette Proved That an Affair Can Lead to (Another) Marriage

Steve LaTourette Proved That an Affair Can Lead to (Another) Marriage

Steven Clare LaTourette was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-2013. Latourette was accused of being involved in an affair with staffer Jennifer Laptook. According to saloon.com, he started dating Jennifer in 2003, it started off as a business relationship and then it evolved from there. Steve’s former wife Susan LaTourette said that she received a call in which the person claimed that her husband had a girlfriend and wanted a divorce. Steve later married his mistress.

Paul E. Patton Loves Them and Then Turns on Them

Paul E. Patton Loves Them and Then Turns on Them

Former Governor of Kentucky Paul E. Patton had an extramarital affair with a woman named Tina Connor in the 90’s. When they broke up in 2001 the affair came to light. Patton appeared on television and tearfully admitted to the affair. Two months later the state of Kentucky filed numerous violations against his mistress’ nursing business. Connor said that Patton was retaliating against her because of their breakup.

The Famous Underwear Photo Tweet

The Famous Underwear Photo Tweet

Who could forget this one? Former Congressman Anthony Weiner was caught in the most embarrassing way possible. Back in 2013, he accidently posted a photo on Twitter (meaning to directly send it) to a 21-year-old woman named Gennette Cordova. The photo showed someone (him supposedly) in gray underwear with an uh, noticeable protrusion. Weiner was also “sexting” with Cordova. Weiner publicly apologized for this incident, but in late July, it was found that he was continuing to send inappropriate messages to Cordova under the pseudonym Carlos Danger.

The Revolving Door Starring Eliot Spitzer

The Revolving Door Starring Eliot Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer served as Governor of New York for just a little over a year before he was in hot water. Spitzer’s situation came to light on July 16, 2008, in which he allegedly purchased prostitutes using campaign funds. He went to the Mayflower Hotel and spent $411.06 apiece for two prostitutes. It is unclear if Spitzer stayed at the hotel on the nights he booked, and in November of 2008 prosecutors involved with his case found no evidence that he misused public funds to purchase prostitutes.

Kwame and Christine Got Busted Via Text Messaging

Kwame and Christine Got Busted Via Text Messaging

Former Michigan State Representative and Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, and his chief of staff Christine Beatty were involved in a sex scandal involving an exchange of text messages. The Detroit Free Press discovered that more than 14,000 text messages were exchanged between Kilpatrick and Beatty. In August of 2007 Kilpatrick and Beatty both denied any sexual relationships under oath, but were caught in that lie when the contents of their text messages were revealed.

John Edwards Ruined His Chances at the Presidency

John Edwards Ruined His Chances at the Presidency

John Edwards had quite a string of scandals involving himself and other women. In October 2007, The National Enquirer reported an affair between the former Senator from North Carolina and Rielle Hunter. later in 2008 several news outlets reported that his chances of becoming president were hindered by these allegations. On January 21, 2010, Edwards admitted that he had an affair with Hunter and also had an illegitimate child with her as well.

Governor and His Wife Both Cheated

Governor and His Wife Both Cheated

Former Governor of New York David Paterson and his wife were both involved in extramarital affairs. It is usually one partner that is involved in an extramarital affair but these two took cheating to the limit. The day after Paterson’s inauguration as Governor of New York, he and his wife admitted to both having extramarital affairs.

Antonio Snagged Him a Reporter and Had a Fling

Antonio Snagged Him a Reporter and Had a Fling

Antonio Villaraigosa, during his time as Mayor of Los Angeles, had a widely-publicized affair with a television reporter for Telemundo named Mirthala Salinas. Antonio even announced that he was separating from his wife, and filed for dissolution of marriage. Salinas was suspended by Telemundo because of the scandal.

The Murder of Chandra Levy

The Murder of Chandra Levy

While Gary Condit was a Representative in the House he supposedly had an affair with intern Chandra Levy. Levy became the focus of international news in 2001 when she disappeared. Police questioned Condit twice and he denied that he had an affair with her. Condit’s reputation faltered, as his view of pro-family politics was marred by this supposed affair.

Another Politician, Another Staffer, Another Affair

Another Politician, Another Staffer, Another Affair

Former Attorney General of Ohio Marc Dann was involved in a sexual harassment scandal back in 2008. Dann confessed to having an extramarital affair with an unidentified woman who worked in his office. Dann was accused of having a raunchy party by a member of the Republican party as well. The Columbus Dispatch claimed Dann was “not fit to serve”, and the Cincinnati Enquirer called for his resignation.

Paul Morrison’s Staffer Revealed Her Affair While Under Pressure

Paul Morrison’s Staffer Revealed Her Affair While Under Pressure

Paul J. Morrison is the former Attorney General for the state of Kansas. Carrying on a theme that you have seen thus far in this article, Morrison was involved with a staffer who was a part of his administration. The staffer was pressured into revealing her affair with Morrison. He admitted to the infidelity but denied any cases of sexual harrassment.

A Scandal Came To Light Before an Election

A Scandal Came To Light Before an Election

Tim Mahoney was a House Representative of Minnesota when he admitted to having multiple affairs in 2006.The scandal came to light just a month before the House members were elected. The strange thing about the election was that Mahoney campaigned against such corruption. He was forced to resign after he got the seat in the house.

Bill Did Not Have… You Know the Rest

Bill Did Not Have… You Know the Rest

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was involved in an affair with then-intern Monica Lewinsky in the mid-90’s. Everyone remembers the famous words when the scandal came to light. Bill Clinton came out and said that he had an inappropriate relationship with Lewinsky. He was caught lying under oath and was the second U.S. President in history to be impeached.

Roosevelt Dobbins’ Inappropriate Encounter with a Minor

Roosevelt Dobbins’ Inappropriate Encounter with a Minor

Roosevelt Dobbins was a Congressman from Arkansas who plead guilty to fondling a 16-year-old back in 2005. The girl stopped by Dobbins house one day to use his computer to fill out a college entrance exam online. The girl considered Dobbins her mentor. On this particular encounter, he harassed her. The girl ran home and called the police. Dobbins ended up being sentenced to one-year probation.

Neil Goldschmidt and Another Inappropriate Encounter with a Minor

Neil Goldschmidt and Another Inappropriate Encounter with a Minor

For over three decades Neil Goldschmidt held local, state and federal offices, including Governor of Oregon. He was previously involved in an inappropriate encounter with a 14-year old girl in the 70’s, during his first term as Mayor, which was revealed much later in 2004. The woman reported that she had an inappropriate encounter with Goldschmidt. The confession lead to the demise of his political career.

David Wu and His Alleged Consensual Sexual Encounter

David Wu and His Alleged Consensual Sexual Encounter

David Wu served as one of the House of Representatives for Oregon from 1999-2011. During his last year in office, he was accused of sexual assault by an 18-year old woman from California. The Oregonian reported that the woman left a message on his voicemail and accused him of sexually assaulting her. David Wu said that the encounter was consensual, but he ended up resigning in 2011 after Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation into the allegations.

Jim McGreevey and His Secret Lover

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Former Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey was accused of appointing his secret lover Golan Cipel as Homeland Security Advisor back in 2002. Cipel did not have experience and lacked other qualifications for the job that his lover put him in. Threats from Cipel’s lawyer prompted McGreevey to announce that he is gay and that he would resign his governorship which went into effect on August 12, 2004.

Another Affair with a Staffer

Another Affair with a Staffer

Bob Wise was exposed in 2004 with having an affair with a government staffer. After 24 years in office as governor, Wise admitted to marital infidelity. He later made an announcement, saying that he, “apologize deeply to the people of our state for my actions. In my private life, I have let many people down.”

Mel Got Caught Despite Denying Charges

Mel Got Caught Despite Denying Charges

Mel Reynolds represented Illinois in the House from 1993-95. He was indicted for sexual assault in 1992 due to a sexual relationship that he had with a 16-year old campaign volunteer (he was 40 years old at the time). He continued to campaign and was re-elected . Three years later on August 22, 1995, he was convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault, solicitation of child pornography, and obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Campaign Manager Spilled the Beans to Gavin and His Wife

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Campaign Manager Spilled the Beans to Gavin and His Wife

Former California Mayor Gavin Newsom had an affair with his campaign manager Alex Tourk in 2005. Tourk then admitted the secret affair to Newsom’s wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is a former San Francisco prosecutor and legal commentator for several major news stations. The couple was going through some marital problems at the time he started having the affair and quickly got a divorce. Newsom remarried, this time to an actress, and has had four children with her since 2009.

Chuck Robb Got Himself in Hot Water with the Former Miss Virginia Tai Collins

Chuck Robb Got Himself in Hot Water with the Former Miss Virginia Tai Collins

Former Miss Virginia USA Tai Collins revealed that she had an affair with Chuck Robb, who served as Governor of Virginia back in 1984. She revealed this information in 1991. Robb denied the allegations and Tai Collins did not have any evidence of their relationship when she disclosed this information to reporters. Chuck did admit to having a bottle of champagne with Tai and getting a massage from her on occasions, but that was it. Shortly afterward Tai Collins earned an undisclosed amount of cash to pose nude for Playboy Magazine.