Herman Cain & 5 Other Political Sex Scandals We Want To Forget

Herman Cain & 5 Other Political Sex Scandals We Want To Forget

GOP contender Herman Cain is the latest politician to endure scandalous, personal allegations.

Regardless of what side of the political spectrum they fall on, it seems that men in powerful positions just can't keep it in their pants.

The latest politician to fall under scrutiny is businessman-turned-Republican presidential hopeful, Herman Cain. His front-runner position in the GOP field may be on shaky ground now that reports have surfaced that he supposedly paid two (or possibly even three) women large payouts after they accused him of sexual harassment during the 90s. According to the The Daily Beast, the presidential candidate has denied any wrongdoing, calling the accusations "baseless," but it's still unclear how this scandal may affect his chances in the GOP race.

Still, Cain certainly isn't the first politician to have endured the fall out of embarrassing sexual allegations. Here are five other scandals that we'll never be able to forget... but want to.

1. Anthony Weiner: With a last name like Weiner, the former New York congressman certainly made it easy for the late-night comedians to poke fun at him after he was caught sending lewd photos of his own wiener to young women on Twitter earlier this year. The sexting scandal eventually forced him to resign, but not before a media circus surrounding him and his pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, captured the nation's attention. Anthony Weiner Steps Down After Sexting Incident

2. Larry Craig: In 2007, Larry Craig, a Republican senator from Idaho, was arrested for lewd conduct in a men's airport restroom. The controversy was responsible for ushering the British slang term, "cottaging," into the American vernacular, and made us all ask: "Do gay men really try to solicit other men in bathrooms by tapping their feet? Is that really a thing?" Craig pleaded guilty in the case but later denied that he was gay. Still, that hasn't stopped the bathroom he was arrested in from becoming a popular tourist destination.

3. John Edwards: John Edwards' political downfall is more of a sad, ongoing saga than a one-time incident. While his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, battled cancer in 2006, the one-time VP Democratic nominee was reportedly involved in an extramarital affair with campaign worker Rielle Hunter, who ended up giving birth to his love-child. Elizabeth (quite rightly) separated from John after the scandal became public, but died in 2010 before she had the chance to divorce him. Meanwhile, Edwards will face trial in 2012 and could end up with 30 years in prison if he's convicted of collecting illegal contributions and violating campaign laws in an attempt to cover up the original affair. The Worst Sex Scandals In Politics

4. Eliot Spitzer: After Bill Clinton, ex-New York govenor Eliot Spitzer may just be the second most successful politican ever to successfully navigate a possibly career-ending scandal. In 2008, the governor resigned after the news became public that he frequently patronized a prostitution ring. However, "Client Number 9," as he was dubbed, rebounded with a short-lived CNN show and is rumored to be eyeing a run for the NYC mayorship in 2013.

5. Jim McGreevey: Before he resigned from the governorship of New Jersey, Jim McGreevey was (however brief) the first openly gay governor in the United States. In 2004, he resigned after it was revealed that he had an extramarital affair with a male staffer while still married to his second wife, Dina Matos. He later published a memoir, entitled The Confession, and entered into a divinty school in order to become an Episcopal priest.

Which one of these scandals shocked you the most?

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