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Juiciest Political Sex Scandals

Lovechildren, gay affairs, and hookers, oh my!
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2009 9:07 AM CST
Juiciest Political Sex Scandals
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer addresses an audience during a Harvard University ethics forum on the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – From Eliot Spitzer’s $80,000 worth of prostitute action to Mark Sanford “hiking the Appalachian trail,” this decade has been ripe with political sex scandals. The Frisky picks the juiciest. Some of the slightly-lesser-discussed affairs:

  • Mike Duvall: A self-described “family values warrior” in the California State Assembly spilled about his mistress—while miked—meaning that a whole bunch of politicians got to hear about his propensity for “spanking her.”

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  • Deborah Jeane Palfrey: The DC Madam threatened to publicize her client list, presumed to include quite a few of Washington’s elite—at least one, Sen. David Vitter, admitted using her services.
  • Mark Foley: While fighting kiddie porn in the House of Representatives, he was also sending dirty texts to underage congressional pages.
For more—after all, who can forget Larry Craig’s wide stance?—click here.
(Read more political scandal stories.)

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