Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., who was elected to Congress in 1998 as the first Chinese-American to serve in the House, announced his resignation
July 26, 2011, following allegations he engaged in "aggressive and unwanted sexual behavior" with a young woman who is reportedly the daughter of a longtime friend and campaign donor. "The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office," Wu said in a statement. "I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations."
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After days of denials, a choked-up U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) confessed Monday, June 6, 2011, that he tweeted a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman and admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after getting married.
On May 27, 2011, a lewd photo
of a man's groin was sent to a college student from New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter account.
Weiner said on June 1 he did not send
the tweet, which was visible to all of his followers, and claims it was "a prank, a hoax" and that his "system was hacked into."
Photo: Weiner reacts during a news conference about the photo in New York, Monday, June 6, 2011.
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On Jan. 21, 2010, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards admitted that he fathered a baby with Rielle Hunter, a campaign worker. He admitted the affair in 2008 but had initially denied paternity of the baby, a daughter named Frances. A federal grand jury indicted Edwards on June 3, 2011, on charges that he misused presidential campaign contributions to cover up the long-term affair.
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In this image provided by the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Christopher Lee, R-N.Y., is seen in Washington. Lee abruptly resigned
his seat, saying he regrets actions that have hurt his family and others after Gawker.com reported Feb. 9, 2011, that Lee, a married two-term Republican lawmaker, had sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist.
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South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, whose mysterious disappearance on June 18 prompted national headlines, acknowledged on June 24, 2009, that he had an extramarital affair. Sanford was in Argentina during his disappearance, and he said he developed a relationship with "what started as a dear, dear friend in Argentina." Sanford also added that he would resign as chair of the Republican Governor's Association. AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastian
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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. Souder announced his resignation from Congress
on May 18, 2010, after confirming an affair with a female staffer. AP Photo/Alex Brandon
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New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, citing "private failings," resigned on March 17, 2008, in the wake of the revelations of his involvement in a high-priced prostitution ring under investigation by the federal government.
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Nevada Senator John Ensign admitted on June 16, 2009, that he had an extramarital affair with a woman who was a member of his campaign staff. A spokesman said the affair took place between December 2007 and August 2008 with a campaign staffer who was married to an employee in Ensign's Senate office. The day after the announcement, he resigned from his position as chairman of the Republican Senate Policy Committee.
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Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one-time rising star and Detroit's youngest elected leader, was charged March 24, 2008, with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with a top aide. Kilpatrick says he looks "forward to complete exoneration" in the perjury case. He is pictured here at his office in Detroit, Sept. 4, 2008.
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Idaho's Republican Senator Larry Craig told reporters on Aug. 28, 2007, in Boise, Idaho that he is not gay and did not engage in inappropriate behavior in an airport restroom in Minneapolis. Craig says it was a mistake to plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Meanwhile, Senate Republican leaders are calling for an ethics committee to review the case.
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Emerging from a week of seclusion and scandal linking him to a Washington escort service, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., returns to his duties on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 17, 2007, as he sits on the Senate Commerce subcommittee on Air Operations. The week before, Vitter acknowledged "a serious sin" after his phone number appeared among those associated with an escort service operated by the so-called "D.C. Madam."
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Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., right, addresses the media at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. in 2003. Foley's resignation on Sept. 29, 2006, brings to mind other elected officials caught in unsavory behavior.
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South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley, right, is joined by her husband Michael Haley in Greenville, S.C., May 24, 2010, as she denies allegations surrounding an affair. Haley was elected governor of South Carolina on Nov. 2, 2010, and took office Jan. 12, 2011.
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New Jersey Gov. James. E. McGreevey addresses the media, as his wife, Dina Matos McGreevey, middle, and his mother, Veronica McGreevey, right, listen, at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., Aug. 12, 2004. McGreevey announced his resignation and disclosed that he had had a gay affair. Four years later, after a bitter divorce battle a superior court judge ruled Aug. 8, 2008, McGreevey must pay child support but no alimony.
Former Ohio Rep. Donald Lukens shown in March 1995 in Washington, D.C. Lukens was allowed to resign from Congress in 1990 rather than face expulsion on two sex-related cases, a conviction for having sex with an underage girl and a later allegation of fondling a female elevator operator in the Capitol.
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Rep. Gerry Studds, D-Mass., shown in January 1995. Studds, died on Oct. 14, 2006 at age 69, was censured in 1983 after acknowledging having sex with a 17-year-old male page in 1973. The House ethics committee cited Studds and Rep. Daniel Crane, R-Ill., with misconduct for sexual activity with teenage congressional pages. In Crane's case, it was a 1980 relationship with a female page.
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This Official White House photo taken Nov. 17, 1995, from page 3,179 of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's report on President Clinton, showing Mr. Clinton and Monica Lewinsky at the White House. The president used contrition, counterattack and an artful definition of what constitutes sex in his ultimately successful defense against impeachment.
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Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., gestures while speaking in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 26, 2005. Frank toughed it out after the House reprimanded him in 1989 for using his influence on behalf of prostitute Stephen L. Gobie.
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Gary Hart, a married senator vying for the Democratic nomination for president in 1987, was more than 20 percentage points ahead when he was photographed with 29-year-old model Donna Rice sitting on his lap, on a yacht out in the Atlantic Ocean on the way to the Bahamas. On May 8, 1987, Hart withdrew from the presidential race in a bitter farewell speech.