Definitions[ edit ] One of the definitions of sex is "physical activity in which people touch each other's bodies, kiss each other, etc. Scandal is defined as "loss of or damage to reputation caused by actual or apparent violation of morality or propriety". Misunderstandings, breaches of ethics, or cover-ups may or may not result in scandals depending on the amount of publicity generated, and the seriousness of the alleged behavior.
Reynolds' husband blackmailed Hamilton who paid to maintain secrecy. In , when Hamilton no longer held the post of Treasury Secretary, the affair was publicized by journalist James Callender , after which Hamilton publicly apologized.
I can never cease to condemn myself for the pang which it may inflict in a bosom eminently entitled to all my gratitude, fidelity, and love. A later report from a Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society committee differed and came to the conclusion that "Randolph" presumably Thomas Jefferson Randolph , Jefferson's grandson; he was known to have been invited to visit Monticello around the time of Estons' conception, but no record of an actual visit has been found is more likely the father, or possibly that one of Jefferson's Carr nephews is the father.
Senator, territorial or military governor appointed of Florida, and later President of the United States, had married Rachel Donelson Jackson in Both of them believed her divorce from her abusive, alcoholic first husband, Lewis Robards, was final. However, Robards had never completed his paperwork, rendering Jackson and Rachel's marriage void; and the couple married again in Throughout his later career, opponents of Jackson portrayed Rachel as a bigamist.
Shortly after he was elected president in but before the inauguration Rachel suffered a nervous collapse and died. Jackson blamed this on the bigamy charges during the campaign, and he was bereft at the loss of his wife.
Timberlake , which allegedly drove Timberlake to suicide see Petticoat Affair. Eaton then married the widow, Peggy , which led to social and political difficulties during the administration of President Andrew Jackson. Representative and later Senator,  engaged in a homosexual relationship with a college friend, pursued what he called "a little dalliance" with his teenage nieces, and had sexual relationships with female slaves including a girl aged Senator again in The national press widely copied the charges, which are at least partly corroborated by other sources.
Andrew Jackson referred to King as "Miss Nancy". During the presidential race,  the news broke that Cleveland had paid child support to the widowed Maria Crofts Halpin for her son Oscar Folsom Cleveland, born in Former mistress Madeleine Pollard sued Breckinridge for breach of promise after his wife died and he failed to marry Pollard as promised.
The congressman was not reelected. Britton claimed in a best-selling book, The President's Daughter, that her daughter had been fathered by Harding while he was a U. Her assertion was finally established as factual in August , when genetic tests confirmed Harding as the father of Elizabeth.
Hunt refused, but did not seek re-election and then shot himself Kennedy President D , was alleged to have been linked to a number of extramarital affairs, including allegations of involvement with Marilyn Monroe , with Judith Campbell Exner  and with intern Mimi Alford during — Supreme Court Justice, allegedly pursued other women while married to his third wife, which, combined with his three divorces and remarriages, was considered scandalous.
He also reportedly tried to molest a flight attendant in his judicial chambers. Attempted impeachment based upon his moral character failed, when the House Judiciary Committee found insufficient grounds for impeachment.
He was re-elected anyway, but resigned after giving an intoxicated press conference from Foxe's burlesque house dressing room. A former female staffer said she received a pay raise after giving in to Young's sexual advances. The Elizabeth Ray sex scandal ended his career in The Washington Post reported that Ray had been on the payroll of a committee run by Hays for two years as a clerk-secretary.
During that time, she admitted, her actual job duties were providing Congressman Hays sexual favors: Charges that he solicited sex from a year-old boy were dropped after he submitted to counseling.
Leggett , Representative D-CA , acknowledged that he fathered two illegitimate children by a Congressional secretary, whom he supported financially. He then had an affair with another woman, who was an aide to Speaker Carl Albert. Bauman apologized to voters for his indiscretions but was defeated for re-election. His popularity plummeted and he soon dropped out. He had asked a female aide to move a name tag she was wearing because it was drawing attention to her breasts, about which he later said: House of Representatives — He lost his campaign for re-election in , largely because of a scandal, having made several hundred long-distance phone calls on his House credit card to a female lobbyist from Virginia.
He admitted that he had made the calls, but denied having a romantic relationship with the woman. After his loss he subsequently retired from politics. Murphy , Representative D-PA , acknowledged fathering a child out of wedlock after a political opponent came forward with video of Murphy leaving the home of his mistress. Soon after, Collins appeared nude in Playboy. His denials of any wrongdoing were eventually contradicted by his own diaries boasting of his sexual conquests.
I only wish I could have learned the lessons sooner. Barr was the first lawmaker in either chamber to call for Clinton's resignation due to the Lewinsky scandal. Barr lost a primary challenge less than three years after the impeachment proceedings. In speaking of the then-recent affairs of Republican Robert Packwood and the unfolding affair of Democrat Bill Clinton Burton stated "No one, regardless of what party they serve, no one, regardless of what branch of government they serve, should be allowed to get away with these alleged sexual improprieties Before publication Burton admitted to fathering a son with a former state employee.
Hyde, who was 41 years old and married when the affair occurred, admitted to the affair in , describing the relationship as a "youthful indiscretion". The revelation of this affair took place as Hyde was spearheading the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In he confessed that in he fathered a son, Adam Laxalt , outside of his marriage; Adam Laxalt's mother is Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of Senator Paul Laxalt and a prominent Republican lobbyist.
He was acquitted in the Senate with 55 senators voting Not Guilty to 45 senators voting Guilty falling 22 votes short of the two-thirds necessary to convict.
In August , he was indicted for sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse for engaging in a sexual relationship with a year-old campaign volunteer that began during the campaign.
On August 22, , he was convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. He resigned his seat on October 1 of that year. Her body was found a year later and in , an illegal immigrant with no relation to Condit was charged with her murder. He himself had a long-term affair with his chief of staff, Jennifer Laptook, while he was married.
He married Laptook after his divorce. He was replaced by Tim Mahoney. At the time, Vitter stated, "I think Livingston's stepping down makes a very powerful argument that Bill Clinton should resign as well Bush , stated that U. Senator for 18 years, was arrested on June 11, and charged with lewd conduct arising from his behavior in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis—Saint Paul International Airport.
Mahoney ran on a campaign promise to make "a world that is safer, more moral". In October , he admitted he placed his mistress on his staff and then fired her, saying, "You work at my pleasure. Under questioning, the married Congressman and father of three admitted to an affair with Laura Fay that produced a daughter. He later stated on Fox News, "not only did I grope [a staffer], I tickled him until he couldn't breathe,"   Mark Souder , Representative R-IN , a staunch advocate of abstinence and family values ,   resigned to avoid an ethics investigation into his admitted extramarital affair with a female staffer.
I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness. Additionally, while running on a pro-life platform, DesJarlais made his ex-wife have two abortions, and tried to persuade a mistress who was his patient, into an abortion as well. These accusations eventually caused him to suspend his run for the presidential nomination   including Sharon Bialek, Karen Kraushaar, and having a year affair with Ginger White.
Several prominent Republicans asked McAllister to resign. In response, he stated he would not seek re-election in Pennell R staff for US Rep. Farenthold's former communications director Lauren Greene sued the congressman in December ,  and a settlement was reached in The identity of Farenthold with respect to taxpayer involvement was made public in This was the first documented case of taxpayer funds being used to settle sexual harassment complaints against a member of Congress.
Remember his excuse at the time was 'locker-room talk. The pro-life Murphy asked Edwards to have an abortion after she became pregnant. The information was revealed as part of Murphy's divorce proceedings and published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after it fought in Pennsylvania state court to have the documents unsealed.
Murphy resigned his seat in Congress. Senate candidate in Alabama R was been accused by nine women  of sexual misconduct with them when they were in their teens. The first of his accusers said that at the time, she was 14 years old, while he was Moore lost a special election for Alabama Senate following these accusations.
Tweeden produced photo evidence of the grope, taken by Franken when Tweeden was asleep. Franken admitted to the allegations and apologized for his actions and then resigned. Sorenson denied the charges, but resigned his position.