Gotta Watch: When lust and politics collide
Former Gov. Mark Sanford issues a public apology for having an affair in 2007.
May 17th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

Gotta Watch: When lust and politics collide

The admission, the apology, and subsequent request for forgiveness–we've heard them all before from politicians who've been caught with their pants down, the latest from Ex-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Here at Gotta Watch, we thought we'd bring back some of the most memorable public political sex scandals.

Hiking the love trail – Someone must have forgotten to tell South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford that you can't get to Argentina from the Appalachian Trail. This so-called hike was Sanford's alibi for the trip he was actually taking to see his mistress in Argentina.

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Strike a pose – Also leading the political cheater pack, is the affair between John Edwards and Rielle Hunter, who most recently did a controversial photo spread for GQ involving her daughter, fathered by Edwards.

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Bathroom sting – Idaho Sen. Larry Craig was arrested in an airport bathroom in 2007 under suspicion of lewd conduct. This, coupled with the anger-fueled tapes of Craig after the incident, pretty much ended his career as a politician.

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"I am a gay American" – Married father and then-New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey shocked the nation when he admitted not only was he gay, but that he also had an extramarital affair with a male staffer while in office. The 2004 scandal would end his political career, force him from office and make his "I am a gay American" soundbite part of the cultural lexicon.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. banasy

    Hypocrites, all, especially when one considers that all of them at one time or another have waved the "family values" flag in our face.

    Just goes to show how many politicians have clay feet.

    May 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rose

    did anyone else notice that these are not necessarily "young" men. All are in the midlife years...certainly not old though.
    why?

    May 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    @rose:

    Mid-life crisis?
    Seven-year itch?
    Some women are attracted to powerful men?
    They're *men*?

    Who knows?

    May 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Indy Dr. Jones

    blah, blah, blah, blah.........Blah, Blah........blah, blah........................................................................................and in conclusion....blah, blah.........blah, blah, blah.........................blah, blah.

    May 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Lol Cesar and Joey had affairs with eachother.

      May 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. suzglass

    The worst is that these MEN are making policy regarding women, when they can't even respect their wives and daughters enough to do the right thing!

    May 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. President Screwb

    I'm surrounded by &$$holes......

    May 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony the Prophet

    Hello people cant we man just get laid, its the most productive thing to be with multiple woman... all man of power do it and so do it the poor people too.

    May 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    That is a picture of Elliot Spitzer, 3rd from left right?

    May 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Spitzer is #10 in the slideshow.

      May 18, 2011 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    I didn't mean to imply all mean cheat. They don't, as I'm fully aware of. I was just implying as to why these men cheated, in my answer to rose.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    MEN, not MEAN.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
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