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.

Ted Kennedy left a legacy of turmoil behind closed doors when he passed away in late August. Last week we reported that his memoir, on shelves next week, finally reveals his relationship with Mary Jo Kopechne the woman his 1969 car crash killed. Story is, there was no romacel the two barely knew each other; and all they had in common was their sadness over his brother Bobby's 1968 death. After his divorce from first wife Joan in the early 1970s, Kennedy surfed the singles scene with abandon and got caught in loads more disgrace cases including paparazzi snaps of him in 1989 having sex with an unnamed woman on a boat in Europe and getting drunk with nephew William K. Smith the night Smith was accused of rape in 1991. Ted Kennedy married second wife Vicki in 1992 and attributed his moral turnaround to her steadfastness and faith in him.

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