Vance McAllister, R-La. Grimm, R-N. But as some of their predecessors in the House and Senate can attest, it can be tough to compartmentalize in the fishbowl that is the U. And yes, they are all men.
John En — Like McAllister, the former Republican senator from Nevada was ensnared in an interoffice romance with a married staffer. Unlike McAllister, En was all but forced to re in Mayin anticipation of a Senate Ethics Committee report so damning it probably would have resulted in his expulsion from the chamber.
Mark Souder — Add the Indiana Republican to the list of lawmakers forced to re for an affair with an aide — one with whom he had made a video promoting abstinence. Insix months after a park ranger found Souder and his paramour entwined in a parked car in a local nature preserve, the news surfaced and the gears were set in motion to advance his swift fall from grace.
Boehner, R-Ohio, who was then minority leader, urged the Indiana Republican to step down. Souder scored points in a tearful farewell address by not making his wife stand beside him, noting that he wanted her to maintain her dignity.
Anthony Weiner — The bombastic former Democratic congressman from New York is a study in how not to handle the fallout of a sex scandal. In the summer ofWeiner spent weeks denying that he had sent lewd photos of himself to women via Twitter. When he finally confessed, it almost made everything worse.
House Democrats, still wounded by their relegation to the minority less than a year earlier, were mortified by the distraction their colleague was causing. Earlier in the day, the website Gawker published a shirtless selfie of Lee, accompanied by an the congressman purportedly sent to a woman he met on Craiglist. Trey Radel — The freshman Republican from Florida was best known for tweeting about hip-hop and Sky Mall magazine until Octoberwhen he was arrested by the D.
Radel tried to ride out the embarrassment, invoking a history of alcohol addiction and taking a leave of absence to undergo treatment. He sought forgiveness from his colleagues, constituents and family, and initially refused to step down.
He probably could have kept his job for the remainder of his term, at least, if he had wanted to, given that GOP leadership declined to demand his reation outright. But Radel soon learned how much political capital one can lose for being the target of a drug bust.
Shunned by colleagues, he ultimately quit in Januarythree months after his arrest. Patrick J. Kennedy — Not everyone who suffers a humiliating drug-related episode suffers political consequences.
The Rhode Island Democrat is the son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was no stranger to scandal himself, thanks to a drunken driving incident in that led to the death of his young female passenger. Nobody ever let him forget it, but nobody forced him to step down, either.
Maybe it was because of his famous last name, or maybe it was because his colleagues appreciated the scope of his illness. Whatever it was, Kennedy became a champion for universal parity in mental health treatment and chose to retire in But Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, opted to take neither route when he was outed as a client of the infamous D.
Madam, who ran a high-end escort service in Washington. But Vitter, who is currently running for governoris still in Congress seven years later.
In FebruaryRenzi was indicted on 35 counts of extortion, money laundering and conspiracy in connection with his efforts to compel the federal government to buy land from his business partner three years earlier. By November, that business partner had been sentenced to jail time.
Nearly five years later, Renzi was given his three-year sentence. A judge recently denied Renzi bail as he appeals his conviction.
Grimm, by the way, has already seen two of his associates arrested. William J. Like Renzi, he refused to step down, even though he had been indicted and was facing trial.
Unlike Renzi, Jefferson tried to stay in office another term. Ted Stevens — What most embattled, indicted lawmakers have in common is maintaining their innocence until the bitter end, even as the law hands down guilty verdicts.
Stevens, who was at that time the longest-serving senator in history, lost his re-election bid to Democrat Mark Begich just days after he was found guilty on all seven counts of corruption. The next year, the Justice Department was forced to dismiss all charges after revelations of prosecutorial malpractice. Stevens died in a plane crash one year later.
Jesse L. Jackson Jr. It started when Jackson, the son of the famous civil rights leader of the same name, abruptly disappeared from Capitol Hill shortly after his re-election with no explanation from his office as to his whereabouts. He reed just weeks later, on Nov. In Augusthe was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Charles B. Rangel — The veteran New York Democrat was never indicted, but he holds the distinction of being the first House member in almost three decades to receive a formal censure from the chamber — the punishment just short of expulsion — for a slew of ethical violations. In latea multiyear investigation by the House Ethics Committee then called the House Committee on Standards and Official Conduct culminated in the determination that Rangel had misused federal resources to solicit donations for a City College of New York center bearing his name, housed his campaign office in a rent-stabilized apartment, failed to pay taxes on a villa in the Dominican Republican and filed inaccurate financial disclosure forms.
The censure required Rangel to stand in the well of the House to receive admonishment in front of all his peers, and the allegations themselves stripped him of his chairmanship of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Rangel, an aging eccentric, is still beloved by his peers: The speech he delivered immediately following the censure vote was met with a round of applause.
Bridget Bowman contributed to this report. Correction: p.
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