Top 10 Political Sex Scandals


Politicians are honest, truthful and the heart of this beautiful nation, right? WRONG!  Their politics may be correct at times but often their morals are extremely flawed. A handful of these influential politicians have been accused of heinous sexual acts while in the oval office and elsewhere. Some of these “role models” have denied these acts and have covered up their dirty work locking it behind closed doors for eternity. However, whether there are politicians having sex with their lobbyists or secretary of state…these acts do not represent the stars and stripes 3 year-olds in kindergarten pledge allegiance to each and every day. So enjoy folks…The Top 10 Political Sex Scandals.

10. I Love Irony


“Melvin” is a former member of the Democratic House of Representatives.  His successful career came to a rearing halt due to a sex scandal in August, 1994. He was accused and convicted of indulging in sexual relations with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer. Reynold’s denied the claims and stated they were racist claims aimed to destroy his political career. However, in 1995, ole’ Mel was convicted of obstruction of justice and child pornography. These charges forced Mel Reynolds to resign October, 1995. Reynolds did his time in prison for 12 accounts of sexual assault and was acquitted on separate charges involving bank fraud. Reynolds was released from prison and sent to a half way house for the second wave of charges due to a presidential pardon issued by our No.1 Political Sex Candidate Bill Clinton. HOW IRONIC!

9. You Want A Raise?

John Young was a Texan serving in the United States House of Representatives for more than twenty years. Young was an outstanding individual until his eleventh term came along. Watch out! The Viagra Epidemic! Anyway, Young became involved with Colleen Gardner who was a member of his staff. She accused Young of giving her pay raises only after she performed sexual acts on him in return. Young had a family of five and a sweet wife named Jane who eventually committed suicide; shooting herself in the head. John Young’s political career plummeted and he died in January,2002.

8. Sex Pays the Bills


John Ensign, junior Republican United States Senator, admitted June 16th,2009 to having an affair with Cynthia Hampton. Hampton was a member of Ensign’s campaign and was involved in an extramarital affair with Ensign throughout 2007 and 2008.  Ensign’s wife forgave him for his sexual interactions with Hampton and stated they had come to a “reconciliation”. However, Doug Hampton sent a letter to a Fox News reporter explaining the devastating affects the affair had caused their careers and life at home.  Doug Hampton demanded large amounts of money to cover the debt their family was buried in due to the affair that was “COMPLETELY” Ensigns fault. It takes two! Right? Furthermore, Ensigns parents gave the Hampton’s $96,000 to cover their debts as a “gift”.  They’re probably living in the Hampton’s now… John Ensign decided to give up his title as Chairman of the Republican Council Committee.

7. You Booze, You Lose!


Robert Bauman, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, was accused in 1980 of trying to arrange sexual intercourse with a 16- year- old male prostitute. However, Bauman neither denied or admitted to the charges and claimed he was suffering from alcoholism and immediately checked himself into rehab.  On November 5th, 1980 Bauman lost in the re-election to Roy Dyson primarily due to the allegations filed against him during the political race.

6. Ride Sally Ride!


Okay, Let’s kick it old school for a minute! One of the founding fathers of this beautiful nation allegedly had relations with his wife’s half sister, Sally Hemings. Hemings was an African-American slave owned by Jefferson. Although these allegations have never been proven 100% fact, there is legitimate evidence that reveals good ole’ T.J. had a sexual relationship with Hemings after Martha Jefferson’s death. France had abolished slavery in 1789 and Hemings had the choice of living the rest of her life in freedom or returning to Monticello as a slave. However, she reached an agreement with Jefferson stating she’d return as long as he promised to free her children from slavery. T.J. agreed and Sally lived out the rest of her life in Charlottesville,VA.  Sexual relations were common with slaves back in the day and good ole’ Jefferson’s DNA is still lurking around. “Always take a hold of things by the smooth handle.” –Thomas Jefferson.



On June 11th, 2007, Larry Craig, was arrested at St. Paul International Airport for “lewd conduct” in the men’s restroom. Suspicions arose about the former Republican Congressman of Idaho before the arrest leading to the investigation in which he was ultimately convicted. A police officer entered the bathroom as Craig followed and sat down in the stall next to him. The officer minded his own business as every day bathroom goers usually do. Suddenly, he felt discomfort as Craig tapped his foot in a flirtatious manner. Not everyone likes FOOTSY! To make matter worse, Craig then reached his hand under the stall with his palm up as if he was asking the office if he could spare some extra change or well…Gross! The officer responded to Craig’s actions by showing the former Republican Senator his badge. In this case the officer probably wanted Craig to put his hands DOWN.  In September 1st,2006, Larry Craig announced his resignation but continued to fight the charges filed against him.

4. Time for Foley to Turn the Page

Disgraced Ex-Congressman

Now we’ve all heard of  “sexting” in today’s twisted world and now politicians have jumped on the bandwagon! Former Republican Congressman of Florida, Mark Foley, was accused in September, 2006 of sending sexual instant messages to teenaged boys who had recently served as congressional pages. Although the investigation came to a halt soon after the accusations, Mr. Foley resigned September 29, 2006 due to the negativity his scandal was casting over himself and the rest of the Republican Party. Also, in October, 2006 anonymous statements were made by former congressional pages stating that they had in fact had sexual relationships with Foley.

“FoleyHottie999: hey my sexy little page…I have a message for you to take over to the library of congress.
“Page4you: ohhh Mr. Foley…but I’ve already delivered 3 messages already today.
“FoleyHottie999: that’s an order!
“Page4you: he he he coming ASAP!

3. Sanford Does the Argentina Tango


Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina admitted to having an affair with a “friend” from Argentina. Governor Sanford claimed the affair started as a mere friendship with just a few e-mails here and there. He apologized relentlessly to his wife Jenny and family and stated, “I have spent the last five days in Argentina crying”. You poor thing Governor Sanford…those Argentina girls with their cinnamon tans will get ya’ every time! Governor Sanford was a possible candidate as a presidential candidate for 2012 but his chances have dwindled due to this bizarre incident. I wonder if the mistress name was Evita…”don’t cry me for me Argentina”.

2.  May Flower’s Make March Sour


New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was accused March 10, 2008 of being involved in many prostitution scandals. Spitzer’s first experience was at the ever so classy Mayflower Hotel with a prostitute named Kristen whom he allegedly paid a few thousand dollars for a crazy night of fun. However, Spitzer decided to make the Mayflower Hotel his casual get-a-way and booked his hotel rooms under the name “George Fox” who was a buddy of his who was a hedge fund investor…slick Eh? Furthermore, many government investigators were on to Spitzer’s fun and recorded key evidence to convict him using wiretaps. In order to avoid impeachment Spitzer willingly resigned before the issue heightened. Supposedly Spitzer wore calf length socks when performing these sexual acts with pricey call girls. His resignation was official March 17th, 2008.“Spitzer you’re in hot water! Don’t get your socks wet!”

1. Oh Billy Boy!


A 22 year-old white house intern…really Bill? Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, was accused in 1998 of having sexual relations with white house intern Monica Lewinsky.  Lewinsky attended Lewis & Clark College and was apparently a sexy college grad ready to put her college education/sorority girl experience to the test. The President of the United States and his intern lady friend kicked it off as if they were at a frat party and kept their secret concealed until Lewinsky’s friend, Linda Tripp, began recording the two’s phone conversations.  The tapes were soon delivered to Kenneth Starr who exploited Clinton and Lewinsky’s sex scandal to the world. The U.S. House of Representatives impeached Bill Clinton December, 19th, 1998 due to obstruction of justice and perjury charges. The nations reaction to the affair was overwhelming and amusing ranking this Political “affair” at No. 1. “There were a lot of times when we were alone, but I never really thought we were” –Bill Clinton

Written by William James Phipps

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  1. ultimate FAIL – why does that smear on Thomas Jefferson always get included when that was debunked long ago? at the most they found possible a link to a relative but NOT Thomas himself.

  2. "…those Argentina girls with their cinnamon tans…"

    wait…. what??? where???

    "… I wonder if the mistress name was Evita…”don’t cry me for me Argentina" …"

    oh! i didn't see that one coming…. (doh!)

  3. Please don't drag Christ (Christianity) into this craziness. Jesus preached about the slime and hypocrisy of the Jewish authorities and in a broader sense all human authority. Flipping tables at the temple is just one example. That was 1st century politics (under the guise of faith). Sound familiar? Power makes people sick, but following God has brought the proud to humility. Pray for all our leaders conservative or liberal!

  4. What about our premier? Mr Silvio Berlusconi… and the last scandal regarding Marrazzo?? Here in Italy we can teach anybody how to make very good sex scandals!!! :D:D:D

  5. Oh, it all just gets better and better! Is there no end to the political shenanigans? You'd think these folks would be keeping their noses clean when they are so prominently within the public eye, but I guess there's no smothering human instinct!

  6. Big Ben – "How about Gary Hart and the Donna Rice affair? That should have been on this last."

    Jinx, you owe me a coke!

    Besides, Dave thinks it's more important that Newt Gingrich be on here because he was the face of the 'New Morality', whatever that was.

  7. Golliath the pickle===> "That a Jefferson-Hemings relationship could be neither refuted nor substantiated was challenged in 1998 by the results of DNA tests conducted by Dr. Eugene Foster and a team of geneticists. The study – which tested Y-chromosomal DNA samples from male-line descendants of Field Jefferson (Thomas Jefferson's uncle), John Carr (grandfather of Jefferson's Carr nephews), Eston Hemings, and Thomas C. Woodson – indicated a genetic link between the Jefferson and Hemings descendants. The results of the study established that an individual carrying the male Jefferson Y chromosome fathered Eston Hemings (born 1808), the last known child born to Sally Hemings. There were approximately 25 adult male Jeffersons who carried this chromosome living in Virginia at that time, and a few of them are known to have visited Monticello. The study's authors, however, said "the simplest and most probable" conclusion was that Thomas Jefferson had fathered Eston Hemings."

  8. GREAT LIST! This topic is going to bring all the cyberpoliticians into a screaming/typing match. good stuff. look forward to reading your articles in the future!

  9. Yogi – "The recession of 2001 came as a result of the deregulation that occured during the 80’s and 90’s. Clinton is just as culpable as Reagan and the likes of Phil Gramm."

    Really? I've heard a lot of reasons for the recession of 2001, but Reagan's deregulation is a unique one.

    But, as i recall , and I can go back to Listverse to prove it, you blamed the recession in 2001 on Bush, even though he had only been office for 28 days when it officially began. Care to comment on that? Does Obama now own this recession or is it still the fault of Bush's tax cuts? How long must this recession continue until it's finally Obama's recession?

    • LC, I'll type slowly so you'll understand. It's not Reagan's recession, it's not Clinton's or Bush's recession. It's the corporatists' recession. You know, the ones who bought and paid for these people to get elected in the first place. If you are saying Obama is a corporatist as well, then I'm inclined to concede that point.

      You can't have a successful democracy without the government regulating the corporations. Government is the brain, corporations are the circulation system, workers are the heart. You need all three to be functioning properly in order to thrive. Excessive government spending and tax cuts for the rich are like cholesteral. The stimulus package, in order to work, has to first get some adreneline to the heart muscle, then it has to remove the plaque that is clogging the arteries.

  10. Oh great. Loose Cannon is here. I stopped going to The Listverse, because LC and a gaggle of rightwinger douchebags overran the site.

    • ;0Yogi – "Oh great. Loose Cannon is here. I stopped going to The Listverse, because LC and a gaggle of rightwinger douchebags overran the site."

      Wow. That'll win ya some friends. 🙂

      So, are you here to tell us that the recession of 2001 was Bush's fault, though it only began 28 days after he took office, while the continuing recession under Obama is, no surprise, the fault of Bush, as well?

      • The recession of 2001 came as a result of the deregulation that occured during the 80's and 90's. Clinton is just as culpable as Reagan and the likes of Phil Gramm. The current recession (it's actually much, much worse than that), is because of the tax cuts, the failed wars, mortgage fraud, and hedgefunders selling phony insurance policies. When the stock market was rising so fast between 2004-2006, that was actually a bad thing. It's so simple really. You cannot have a broad stock index that rises higher than interest rates. You cannot have people borrowing money to invest in the stock market. Put options must be carefully regulated and fully financed by the investor. Companies like AIG, must have enough capital to pay out on the claims.

  11. You could have easily made this a top 100 list. There are so many to choose from. How about the politician in Orange County California who bragged about his TWO mistresses when he didn't know a microphone was on? Talked about spanking one of them, in detail, and it's all on tape. This is a family values guy, too. These guys are such sleazeballs, and it's been that way forever.

  12. Legitimate evidence of a sexual relationship between Jefferson and Hemings? really? Odd you didn't cite any. There is irrefutable evidence that A Jefferson, of which there were many frequenting Monticello, was the father of ONE of Hemings children.

    Tom loved Sally? Possible, but far from probable.

    • Yeah, and it was apparently pretty well known at the time that Thomas Jefferson's nephew was the one getting close to Miss Hemings.

  13. Goliath The Pickle on

    Alexander Hamilton Maria Reynolds?

    -Hamilton's indiscretion blows up in his face when Reynolds' husband shows up and demands money to keep quiet.

    -Hamilton's political enemies believe he stole money from the treasury to pay for it.

    -Hamilton's open letter to the nation can be summarized – "I'm may be an adulterer, but I am not a thief"

    -The Reynolds eventually divorce.. Maria Reynolds divorce attorney is Aaron Burr, who eventually kills Hamilton

    You can't make this stuff up!!

  14. Dave – Why would Newt Gingrich's affair be more notable then any of these? Is it because he's a Republican and you have a misguided sense of hypocrisy vis a vie Clinton/Lewinsky? Or because the affair itself was notable.

    *note: I'm note defending Gingrich's affair, but I would think John Edward's or Gary Hart's affair during a Presidential election campaign would be more of a 'Top Ten' then Gingrich's. Perhaps even Barney Frank's affair with a male escort who ran a service out of Frank's house. Maybe JFK's with his mob mistress or Marylin?

    • Because it was occuring during the time he was the poster child for the "new morality in America"

      AKA the Republican Revolution.

      Hypocrisy Sucks

      • Dave – "Because it was occuring during the time he was the poster child for the â??new morality in Americaâ??

        AKA the Republican Revolution."

        Hypocrisy does suck.

        However, being a 'Poster Child for the New Morality' is a bit of a stretch. Just one year earlier he was reprimanded by the House and was ordered to pay a record fine of $300,000 for 'Ethics Violations' that ultimately resulted from the misuse of 'Tax Exempt Income'. He resigned before Clinton was impeached in 1999.

        President Clinton was impeached in the House for Perjury and Obstruction of Justice, not for 'getting a BJ'. He was originally investigated according to a private citizens lawsuit alleging sexual harassment.

        The point is, Dave, Newt's affair has nothing to do with Bill Clinton's criminal behavior. Sure, they were both having flings on the side, repugnant behavior for both of them, but to see Newt's affair as hypocritical is a very, very far stretch.

        No, the hypocrisy label should be reserved for someone who rolls all over the world claiming our earth is dying from people's excessive use of energy, then returns home to use more energy in a weekend then most people will use in months.

        I'm looking at YOU, Al Gore!! 🙂

    • I was surprised that JFK and Marylin Monroe wasn't on the list, but maybe some people don't believe that actually happened. Is there definitive proof that it did. I thought it might be urban legend.

  15. You left out Newt Gingrich and the affair he was having with his current wife, Callista Bisek, while he was married to Marianne Ginther. The affair was going on at the same time he was after Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky BJ.

    BTW, Marianne and Newt were having an affair while his then current wife, Jackie Battley, was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. Newt decided to serve divorce papers to Jackie as she was in recovery after the operation.

    Nice "Christian" huh ?

  16. Concerning Mel Reynolds – #10: As reported by Snopes, not only was Reynolds granted clemency ( not a pardon, as written above), but he was then hired by Jesse Jackson for the Rainbow/ P.U.SH. Coalition. Jackson, as many you recall, was also swept up in an extramarital affair, which makes this even MORE ironic.