Career-Ending U.S. Political Scandals
Sleeping with the Help
Thurmond's relationship with a family employee brings to mind another classic philandering type: the politico who has an affair with an employee. The most famous of these is probably President Clinton, whose affair with intern Monica Lewinsky (above right) became the epicenter of a political witch hunt. But Clinton's affair was just one of many in D.C.'s halls of power. Here are a few others:
- Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) resigned after allegations of an affair with a female staffer came to light.
- Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) put his mistress on his staff, then fired her.
- Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) had an affair with an intern while investigating Clinton.
- Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) was convicted of sexual assault after engaging in a relationship with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer in 1994.
- Rep. Stephen LaTourette (R-Ohio) had a long affair with his chief of staff, whom he later married.
- Rep. Jim Bates (D-Calif.) sexually propositioned several female staffers.
- Rep. Dan Crane (R-Ill.) was censured by the House of Representatives for having sex with congressional pages.