4 Political Summer Sex Scandals We'll Never Forget

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Sarah Palin, Ted Kennedy, John Edwards and Mark Sanford shocked us in summer of '09.

While it may seem that summer began with the Gosselin divorce and ended with Michael Jackson's burial, we remember that Memorial Day and Labor Day mark the bookends of traditional summer.

Certainly a lot happened in Celeb Love land in between, and some of the most gobsmacking shockers came from the world of politics—where conflict is all in a day's work. YourTango's Celebrity Editor Kristine Gasbarre (independently registered, for the record) has highlighted the best of the worst for you. As we kiss this summer goodbye, we can thank these politicans' slip-ups for making the summer of 2009 one to remember...

John Edwards kicked it off. What was most jolting about his affair with campaign worker Rielle Hunter was not a) that he tried to bribe her to keep the sex scandal hush, b) that he got busted in a sex tape, c) that he tried to blame a former aide for framing the affair or d) that he's reportedly moved Rielle and their lovechild closer to him and his family. No, most shocking was that all this took place while Elizabeth Edwards, his loyal wife of over 30 years, battled terminal cancer. Celebrity Love - John Edwards' Affair Caused Elizabeth To Throw Up

Mark Sanford wrote himself in as Vice President of the Southern Politicians with Mistresses club in late June when he publicly announced his affair with Argentine jounalist Maria Belen Chapur. Sanford had instructed his staff to tell his wife and the press that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail just before the affair broke news when in fact he was in Argentina getting some this-may-be-our-last nookie. After he claimed he'd found his soulmate in Maria, his quintessential politician's wife Jenny told Vanity Fair that she was praying for his mistress' poor judgment and that she wasn't really in love with Mark. We've heard that the two are working on their marriage, but Jenny has said her main concerns are her kids and her duty as First Lady. Celebrity Love - Jenny Sanford: Family First; Job Is Close Second

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