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Politics and controversy can sometimes go hand in hand. These politicians proved to have an issue with infidelity, which resulted in some of the biggest scandals in political history.
John F. Kennedy & Marilyn Monroe
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Perhaps one of the most memorable political scandals in presidential history is between Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy. The blonde beauty and JFK reportedly had an affair in the 1960’s during his presidency and while he was married to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The Hollywood actress was also reportedly involved with the former President’s brother, Robert F. Kennedy.
Bill Clinton & Monica Lewinsky
Bill Clinton had an affair with one of his White House interns, Monica Lewinsky, which ultimately led to his impeachment by the House on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. The affair was a focal point of tabloid magazines.
John Edwards & Rielle Hunter
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John Edwards was a former U.S. Senator from North Carolina and a Democratic Party vice-presidential and presidential candidate before his political career took a turn. After the National Inquirer first reported he was having an affair with a member of his campaign, Rielle Hunter in 2007, Edwards admitted to the allegations in 2008. The affair resulted in a “love child,” which he initially denied being the father of, but in 2010, he issued a statement revealing the child was in fact his. After the admission he was the father, Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth Edwards, filed for divorce. Following the divorce filing, rumors of a sex tape of Edwards and Hunter was reported.
Eliot Spitzer Scandal
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Eliot Spitzer resigned from his duties as Governor of New York in 2008, when his involvement with a prostitution scandal was revealed. According to reports, Spitzer called upon a prostitution service throughout several years of his political career including his time as Attorney General and Governor. Investigators were called when Spitzer’s bank noticed suspicious money transfers. The former Governor reportedly paid out an estimated $80,000 over a period of several years while involved in the prostitution ring.
Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings
Regarded as one of the first presidential scandals was the alleged affair between President Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. Jefferson was charged in 1802 with having an affair with his slave and fathering a child, to which Jefferson denied. He remained in office for the next 7 years.
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