Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Washington No Stranger To Sex Scandals

(Reuters) - Washington is no stranger to sex scandals, such as the uproar that forced Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican from Florida, to resign after sending steamy instant messages to teenage pages.

* President Bill Clinton had a sexual relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky, then 21, which led to his impeachment after accusations he lied about it under oath. He survived the impeachment process and was able to serve out his term but his presidency, which ended in 2001, was badly damaged.

* Sen. Gary Hart, a Colorado Democrat, saw his second presidential bid ended in 1987 when it was learnt he spent the night on a yacht, named the Monkey Business, with a woman who was not his wife.

* Rep. Wilbur Mills, a Democrat from Arkansas and then chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, was caught in 1974 with stripper Fanne Foxe, who performed as "the Argentine firecracker", who leapt from his limousine and jumped into the Tidal Basin. Mills went into treatment for alcohol and retired two years later.

* Sen. Bob Packwood, a Republican from Oregon, resigned in 1995 after 26 years in Congress. He had been accused of sexual misconduct with 17 women, among other charges.

* In 1983, both Rep. Dan Crane, a Republican from Illinois, and Rep. Gerry Studds, a Democrat from Massachusetts, were censured for illicit affairs with underaged pages. Crane, who had had sex with a teenage girl, was voted out of office but Studds, who had had an affair with a boy, was returned to office many times.

* Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who is homosexual, was reprimanded in 1990 after it was learnt that a lover had run a prostitution ring out of his Washington apartment. Frank remains in Congress.

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