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'Wash Post' Picks the Top Ten Political 'Sex Scandals'

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'Wash Post' Picks the Top Ten Political 'Sex Scandals'

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It was bound to raise discussion -- and it has -- so www.washingtonpost.com now is touting on its home page a new list at its The List that nominates the The Top Ten Sexual Politician Scandals. It's a little heavy on recent years (no Warren G. Harding or Grove Cleveland) and has provoked a lot of comments to that site.

And loyal E&P reader/critic David Horchak asks: No JFK and Marilyn Monroe?

Here's the list (comments from the site, below).*

10. "Gropergate." Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Cali.) admitted groping women early in career (2003).

9. Gary Hart's affair with model Donna Rice, ruining his very promising run for the Democratic nomination for president (1988).

8. Alexander Hamilton-Maria Reynolds affair (1797).

7. The Petticoat Affair or Eaton Affair involving a sex scandal and the resignation of much of Andrew Jackson's cabinet (1831).

6. Rep. Mark Foley; (R-Fla.) accusations of sexual harassment of underage congressional page (2006).

5. The Wayne Hays-Elizabeth Ray scandal. The Washington Post broke the story quoting Elizabeth Ray, Hays's (D-Ohio) former secretary, saying that Hays hired her on his staff in order to serve as his mistress. …

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