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TOP 10: POLITICAL SEX SCANDALS
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Former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky writes about her life in the next issue of Vanity Fair magazine, out this month. In released excerpts, she says she's perhaps the first Internet era scapegoat and wants to speak out on behalf of other victims of online humiliation. Her willingness to step forward may come at an inopportune time as former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton considers running for president. But these aren't her first public words on the scandal. Lewinsky broke her silence in 1999 with a blockbuster interview with Barbara Walters, gave several subsequent interviews and cooperated with author Andrew Morton on his book the same year, entitled "Monica's Story."

 

TOP 10: POLITICAL SEX SCANDALS

 

1) BILL CLINTON / MONICA LEWINSKY ( 1998 ) Affair with Monica Lewinsky. In the early days of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, the most damning evidence was presented by Linda Tripp. A close friend and confidante of Monica Lewinsky, Tripp recorded her conversations with the White House intern — conversations that revealed intimate details of what Lewinsky said was a sexual affair with the President.

 

2) ELLIOT SPITZER / ASHLEY DUPRE' ( 2008 ) Patronizing a high-class prostitution ring. How he was outed: The New York Times  broke the story about Spitzer's hotel rendezvous with a $1,000-an-hour call girl named Ashley Alexandra Dupré on March 10, 2008, he resigned two days later.

 

3) JOHN EDWARDS / RIELLE HUNTER ( 2008 ) After months of denying the allegations, the onetime vice-presidential candidate confessed on Aug. 8, 2008, to having an affair with a 42-year-old aspiring actress turned political documentarian named Rielle Hunter, whom Edwards' staff had hired to make videos for his campaign.Edwards wife Elizabeth was diagnosed in November 2004 with incurable breast cancer.

 

4) ANTHONY WEINER ( 2011 ) On May 27, 2011, New York Representative Anthony Weiner publicly tweeted a photo of a penis (later admitted to be his own) to a 21-year-old woman from Seattle. After realizing his mistake (he had meant to direct-message the photo), the married Congressman told the media that his Twitter account had been hacked.

 

5) MARK SANFORD ( 2009 ) Governor Sanford at an airport in Atlanta on June 24 revealed that he'd been in Buenos Aires. Sanford, 49, held a press conference to explain himself: he'd gone to visit an Argentinian woman with whom he'd been having an affair. Apologizing to his wife and four sons and choking up repeatedly, Sanford said he'd spent "the last five days of my life crying in Argentina" and had ended the yearlong dalliance.

 

6) LARRY CRAIG ( 2007 ) Idaho Senator Larry Craig had been arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, before pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.  According to the police report, Craig entered an airport bathroom, tapped his foot, gestured with his hand and moved his foot beneath the bathroom partition, pressing it up against the foot of an undercover officer. "I recognized this," read the police report, "as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct."

 

7) BARNEY FRANK ( 1989 ) Frank, a Democratic Congressman for nearly 30 years and the first openly gay member of the House, almost undid his career in 1989 after having an affair with Steve Gobie, a male prostitute. Although Frank was single at the time thus not committing adultery he did pay someone for sex (with personal funds), which is illegal in his state of Massachusetts. Frank hired Gobie to run errands and allowed him to live at his home, where Frank obviously hoped he would be rehabilitated and renounce his life of sin. The only problem: Gobie kept on working as a prostitute  from Frank's home.

 

8) KWAME KILPATRICK ( 2008 ) An investigation by the Detroit Free Press turned up a lengthy series of text messages between then Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and city official Christine Beatty, exposing a romantic relationship that they both denied in court while testifying in a city lawsuit. Both were married at the time of the affair.

 

9) JOHN ENSIGN ( 2009 ) On June 16, 2009, then Nevada Senator John Ensign abruptly admitted to having an affair with a former campaign staffer, Cindy Hampton, from December 2007 to August 2008. Hampton's husband Doug who was, incidentally, a former administrative aide in Ensign's Senate office had sent a letter to Fox News five days before Ensign's press conference asking for help in laying bare the Senator's "heinous conduct."

 

10) GARY CONDIT / CHANDRA LEVY ( 2001 ) Condit gained significant national attention for an extramarital affair with intern Chandra Levy, which was exposed after Levy's disappearance in May 2001. Condit was not candid and forthcoming with investigators about his relationship with Levy, bringing him considerable negative attention and speculation that he was somehow involved in her murder. Condit was later exonerated of the murder, and found to have no involvement in Levy's death.[

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