Rep. Robert Bauman (R-Md.)
On Oct. 3, 1980, Bauman, a leading "pro-family" conservative, pleaded innocent to a charge that he committed oral sodomy on a teenage boy in Washington. Married and the father of four, Bauman conceded that he had been an alcoholic but had been seeking treatment. The news came as a shock to voters of the rural, conservative district, and he lost to a Democrat in November.
Rep. Thomas Evans (R-Del.)
The Wilmington News-Journal reported on March 6, 1981, that three House members – Evans, Tom Railsback (R-Ill.) and Dan Quayle (R-Ind.) – shared a cottage during a 1980 vacation in Florida with Paula Parkinson, a lobbyist who later posed for Playboy magazine. All three proceeded to vote against federal crop-insurance legislation that Parkinson had been lobbying against, and questions were raised whether votes were exchanged for sex. Railsback and Quayle denied having sex with her. Evans said he regretted his "association" with Parkinson and asked his family and God to forgive him. But he forgot to include the voters, who in 1982 threw him out of office.
Reps. Dan Crane (R-Ill.) and Gerry Studds (D-Mass.)
The House ethics committee on July 14, 1983, announced that Crane and Studds had sexual relationships with teenage congressional pages – Crane with a 17-year-old female in 1980, Studds with a 17-year-old male in 1973. Both admitted the charges that same day, and Studds acknowledged he was gay. The committee voted to reprimand the two, but a back-bench Georgia Republican named Newt Gingrich argued that they should be expelled. The full House voted on July 20 instead to censure the two, the first time that ever happened for sexual misconduct. Crane, married and the father of six, was tearful in his apology to the House, while Studds refused to apologize. Crane's conservative district voted him out in 1984, while the voters in Studds's more liberal district were more forgiving. Studds won reelection in 1984 with 56 percent of the vote, and continued to win until he retired in 1996.
Rep. Ernie Konnyu (R-Calif.)
In August 1987, two former Konnyu aides complained to the San Jose Mercury News that the freshman Republican had sexually harassed them. GOP leaders were unhappy with Konnyu's temperament to begin with, so it took little effort to find candidates who would take him on in the primary. Stanford professor Tom Campbell ousted Konnyu the following June.
Sen. Brock Adams (D-Wash.)
On Sept. 27, 1988, Seattle newspapers reported that Kari Tupper, the daughter of Adams's longtime friends, filed a complaint against the Washington Democrat in July of 1987, charging sexual assault. She claimed she went to Adams's house in March 1987 to get him to end a pattern of harassment, but that he drugged her and assaulted her. Adams denied any sexual assault, saying they only talked about her employment opportunities. Adams continued raising campaign funds and declared for a second term in February of 1992. But two weeks later the Seattle Times reported that eight other women were accusing Adams of sexual molestation over the past 20 years, describing a history of drugging and subsequent rape. Later that day, while still proclaiming his innocence, Adams ended his campaign.
Rep. Jim Bates (D-Calif.)
Roll Call quoted former Bates aides in October 1988 saying that the San Diego Democrat made sexual advances toward female staffers. Bates called it a GOP-inspired smear campaign, but also apologized for anything he did that might have seemed inappropriate. The story came too close to Election Day to damage Bates, who won easily. However, the following October the ethics committee sent Bates a "letter of reproval" directing him to make a formal apology to the women who filed the complaint. Although the district was not thought to be hospitable to the GOP, Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a former Navy pilot who was once shot down over North Vietnam, ousted Bates in 1990 by fewer than 2,000 votes.
Rep. Donald "Buz" Lukens (R-Ohio)
On Feb. 1, 1989, an Ohio TV station aired a videotape of a confrontation between Lukens, a conservative activist, and the mother of a Columbus teenager. The mother charged that Lukens had been paying to have sex with her daughter since she was 13. On May 26, Lukens was found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sentenced to one month in jail. Infuriating his fellow Republicans, Lukens refused to resign. But he finished a distant third in the May 1990 primary. Instead of spending the remaining months of his term in obscurity, Lukens was accused of fondling a Capitol elevator operator and he resigned on October 24, 1990.
Rep. Gus Savage (D-Ill.)
The Washington Post reported on July 19, 1989, that Savage had fondled a Peace Corps volunteer while on an official visit to Zaire. Savage called the story a lie and blamed it on his political enemies and a racist media. (Savage is black.) In January 1990, the House ethics committee decided that the events did occur, but decided against any disciplinary action because Savage wrote a letter to the woman saying he "never intended to offend" her. Savage was reelected in 1990, but finally ousted in the 1992 primary by Mel Reynolds.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)
In response to a story in the Aug. 25, 1989, Washington Times, Frank confirmed that he hired Steve Gobie, a male prostitute, in 1985 to live with and work for him in his D.C. apartment. But Frank, who is gay, said he fired Gobie in 1987 when he learned he was using the apartment to run a prostitution service. The Boston Globe, among others, called on Frank to resign, but he refused. On July 19, 1990, the ethics committee recommended Frank be reprimanded because he "reflected discredit upon the House" by using his congressional office to fix 33 of Gobie's parking tickets. Attempts to expel or censure Frank failed; instead the House voted 408-18 to reprimand him. The fury in Washington was not shared in Frank's district, where he won reelection in 1990 with 66 percent of the vote, and has won by larger margins ever since.
Rep. Arlan Stangeland (R-Minn.)
It was reported in January 1990 that Stangeland, married with seven children, had made several hundred long-distance phone calls in 1986 and 1987 on his House credit card to or from the residences of a female lobbyist. Stangeland acknowledged the calls and conceded some of them may have been personal. But he insisted the relationship was not romantic. Voters of his rural district were not buying, choosing a Democrat in November.
Sen. Charles Robb (D-Va.)
On April 25, 1991, with NBC News about to go on the air with allegations he had an extramarital affair with Tai Collins, a former Miss Virginia, Robb made a preemptive strike. The Virginia Democrat, married to Lyndon Johnson's daughter, said he was with Collins in a hotel room, but all that took place was a massage over a bottle of wine. Collins, in a subsequent interview with Playboy, said they had been having an affair since 1983. It was thought that these charges, along with long-circulated but unproven allegations that Robb had attended Virginia Beach parties where cocaine was present, would jeopardize Robb's 1994 bid for re-election. But the GOP nominated Oliver North, the Iran-Contra figure who had his own credibility problems. Robb squeaked by with 46 percent in a three-way race.
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)
In October 1992, Republican Senate nominee Rick Reed began running a campaign commercial that included a surreptitiously taped interview with Lenore Kwock, Inouye's hairdresser. Kwock said Inouye had sexually forced himself on her in 1975 and continued a pattern of sexual harassment, even as Kwock continued to cut his hair over the years. Inouye, seeking a sixth term, denied the charges. And Kwock said that by running the commercial, Reed had caused her more pain than Inouye had. Reed was forced to pull the ad, and while many voters took out their anger on the Republican, Inouye was held to 57 percent of the vote – the lowest total of his career. A week later, a female Democratic state legislator announced that she had heard from nine other women who claimed Inouye had sexually harassed them over the past decade. But the women didn't go public with their claims, the local press didn't pursue the story, and the Senate Ethics Committee decided to drop the investigation because the accusers wouldn't participate in an inquiry.
Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.)
Less than three weeks after Packwood narrowly won a fifth term, the Washington Post on Nov. 22, 1992, reported allegations from 10 female ex-staffers that Packwood had sexually harassed them. The Post had the story before the election, but didn't run it as Packwood had denied the charges. With the story now out in the open, Packwood said that if any of his actions were "unwelcome," he was "sincerely sorry." He then sought alcohol counseling. But his longtime feminist allies were outraged, and with more women coming forward with horror stories, there were calls for his resignation. It wasn't until September of 1995 when, faced with the prospect of public Senate hearings and a vote to expel, Packwood announced his resignation.
Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) p. Daniel Sickles (D. NY), had an affair with Phillip Barton Key (son of the writer of "The Star Spangled Banner.") Key was the U.S. attorney in D.C. When Sickles discovered the affair, he forced his wife to sign a lurid confession. Then Sickles shot and killed Key, when Key came by their house to signal for a tryst. Teresa's confession was published in the newspapers, producing many front-page stories. At Sickles’s trial for murder, his lawyer argued Teresa had driven him insane with her hideous betrayal. Dan Sickles enjoyed less than a pure reputation. He was said to have seduced his own mother-in-law, and was censured by the NY Assembly for bringing his mistress, a prostitute by the name of Fanny White, onto the Assembly floor. He married the beautiful Teresa when she was 16 years old. None of Sickles’s many infidelities were mentioned at the trial, however; rather, the Washington establishment lined up to support him, including President Buchanan himself, who convinced a major prosecution witness to leave town. Sickles was acquitted, and introduced the concept of temporary insanity into American criminal law. When the verdict came down Sickles's lawyer danced a jig in the courtroom. After the acquittal, Sickles said, "Of course I intended to kill him. He deserved it."
Freshman Reynolds was indicted on Aug. 19, 1994, on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker and then pressuring her to lie about it. Reynolds, who is black, denied the charges and said the investigation was racially motivated. The GOP belatedly put up a write-in candidate for November, but Reynolds dispatched him in the overwhelmingly Democratic district with little effort. Reynolds was convicted on Aug. 22, 1995 of 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography, was sentenced to five years in prison, and resigned his seat on October 1.
||U.S. Senator William Sharon (R. NV) was sued by a woman he had purportedly married without a proper ceremony. The case raged on for years in various courts, culminating in the brief and bizarre arrest of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Field, following the murder of the woman's attorney, for reasons unrelated to Senator Sharon's conduct.|
||The often cantankerous Rep. Tom Watson (Populist GA) caused a fury in Washington -- and accompanying headlines -- by attacking his colleagues in the House of Representatives for their need to “gratify sensual pleasures” and their disgraceful drunkenness. |
||Rep. William C. P. Breckinridge (D. KY) was sued by his long-time mistress and the mother of his illegitimate children, revealing his hypocrisy in advising young women that “chastity is the foundation, the corner-stone of human society.” Suffrage champion Susan B. Anthony correctly predicted Breckinridge would be defeated when running for reelection.|
||Senator Arthur Brown (R. UT), one of the first men to represent Utah in the Senate, died in a Washington, DC hospital of a gunshot wound from a jealous mistress, Anne Maddison Bradley. No one in Salt Lake City was surprised. The affair with Anne Bradley had been going on for years. She testified at her murder trial that, after leaving her husband, she met and fell in love with Brown in 1898. Brown said he wanted to live his life with her, and have a son. They soon did. But Brown never got around to divorcing his wife, despite many promises to do so. Brown's wife had her husband and Anne Bradley arrested for adultery, but agreed to withdraw the charge if Brown agreed to stop seeing Bradley. When Brown's wife died of cancer (in 1905), Anne Bradley believed the matter had been resolved. She was pregnant with their second child when she went to Washington to force this issue of their marriage, only to discover Brown was having another affair with Annie Adams Kiskadden, a starlet and daughter of the famous actress Maude Adams. After discovering love letters that indicated Brown was planning to marry his new flame, she went to his hotel room, confronted him, and shot him. At her trial she pled "temporary insanity," and the jury acquitted her. When it was publicly learned that Brown had renounced his mistress and their children in his will, public opinion turned against him. Anne Bradley later opened a antique store in Salt Lake City, and lived to 77 years of age (1950). |
||On the night of July 18, 1969 Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. MA) offered an attractive 28- year-old secretary, Mary Jo Kopechne, a ride home from a barbecue party. Details of what they were doing and the accident that followed have never been fully explained. What is known is that Senator Kennedy's car went off the Dike Bridge at Chappaquiddick. The Senator got out of the submerged car, and claimed he tried to get Ms. Kopechne out, but failed. However, he did not report the drowning incident until the next morning. He was charged with leaving the scene of the accident, and went on national television and described his failure to report as “indefensible.” He said he would not run for president in 1972, but has been consistently reelected to the U.S. Senate. The media largely ignored the sexual implications of the story at the time, and only years later did Kennedy's womanizing get reported.|
||Rep. Wilbur Mills (D. AK), one of the most powerful men in Congress as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was discovered having a spat with a woman near the Potomac River's tidal basin by the Jefferson Memorial on October 9, 1974, and when police approached the couple, the woman jumped into the water. The woman, Mrs. Annabel Battistella, was better known as Fanne Fox, a stripper at Washington's Silver Slipper club. Soon the public learned that Mills had been having a relationship with the stripper since 1973, and he was so taken with her that he wanted to buy the Silver Slipper. Mills was reelected in 1974, and a few weeks later appeared on a Boston stage in pursuit of Mrs. Battistella, whose earnings had jumped from $600 a week to $3000 a week as "The Tidal Basin Bombshell." Mills quickly became the brunt of jokes, and was hospitalized to deal with his alcoholism. House Democrats caucused and took away his chairmanship. In 1976, Mills announced he would not seek another term, and retired, after 38 years in Congress. In retirement, Mills explained that he had thought he had a brain tumor, and was trying to kill himself with liquor. Mrs. Battistella penned an autobiography, The Congressman and the Stripper, which alleged that when she discovered she was pregnant with Mills's child, she had an abortion, fearing the baby would be malformed because of Mills's alcoholism.|
||Rep. Wayne Hays (D. OH), a veteran and powerful Member of the House of Representatives, unexpectedly married his long-time Ohio office assistant, Pat Peak, in 1976. Hays's former mistress Elizabeth Ray, an attractive blonde and would-be starlet, went to the Washington Post with her story of working for Hays, reporting: "I can't type, I can't file, I can't even answer the phone.” Her only responsibility, for which she was paid the going rate for a Congressional secretary, was to have sex with Hays (and his friends). Within a few months, Hays was forced to resign from Congress, which ended both Congressional and Justice Department investigations. Ray fictionalized her experiences with Hays in a book, the story of a blonde bombshell who became the Washington Fringe Benefit. She named no names. The book went through four printings, while several men in Washington held their breath and spent much more time with their wives.|
||Rep. Robert L. Leggett (D. CA) acknowledged that he fathered two illegitimate children by a Congressional secretary, whom he supported financially; then he had an affair with another woman, who was an aide to Speaker Carl Albert. At one point he had even forged his wife's name to document transferring title of their home. Leggett resigned, and became a successful lobbyist. In 1981 he married the woman, who had worked for Speaker Albert, and they moved back to California, where he purchased a deli, which became his passion until his death in 1997.|
||Rep. John Young (D. TX) was accused by his former secretary, Colleen Gardner, of giving her a pay raise when she finally acceded to his sexual demands. Although the Congressman denied the charges, the scandal defeated him in 1978. His wife had stood by him when the scandal broke, only to commit suicide during the summer before his unsuccessful reelection bid.|
||Rep. Allan Howe (D. UT) was arrested on June 13, 1976 in Salt Lake City's red-light district for soliciting sex from two undercover policewomen posing as prostitutes. Howe was convicted of the charges but claimed he had been set up by political opponents; voters did not buy it, however, and he was easily defeated by his Republican opponent.|
||Rep. Fred Richmond (D. NY) was arrested in April, 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year- old African-American delivery boy and an undercover police officer. Richmond apologized for his actions, and acknowledged his bad judgment. He agreed to undergo psychiatric treatment in exchange for the dropping of charges. Notwithstanding efforts by his opponent to make the most of the negative stories, he won reelection. But his career ended four years later after he pled guilty to possession of marijuana and tax evasion. Then he resigned, and the investigation into using his staff to procure cocaine was dropped. Later, when a dead body was found in his apartment, of a man who had overdosed on drugs, Richmond ended up serving nine months behind bars.|
||Rep. Jon Hinson (R. Miss) stunned his constituents on August 8, 1980 by announcing that he had been accused of committing an obscene act in a gay bar in Virginia in 1976, and that in 1980 he had survived a fire in a gay movie theater in Washington. He said he was making these disclosures to clear his conscience. But he denied he was gay and refused to resign. Three months later, Hinson was arrested in a restroom of a House office building for engaging in oral sodomy with a male employee of the Library of Congress. Hinson, a married man and "family values" conservative, resigned his seat on April 13, 1981. In July 1995, he died from AIDS.|
||Rep. Robert Bauman (R. MD) was accused of soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy, who in turn tried to extort the Congressman to keep him silent. Bauman tried but failed to use his alcoholism as the explanation for his homosexual behavior, and his conservative colleagues disowned him. He was defeated in his reelection bid -- not for being gay, but rather for his hypocrisy, for he had promoted family values and attacked gays. In 1986 he published an autobiography: The Gentlemen from Maryland: The Conscience of a Gay Conservative.|
||the Washington Post Magazine first published the "Diary of a Mad Congresswife" by Rita Jenrette, the 31-year-old wife of Rep. John Jenrette (D. SC). The account drew instant national attention for it detailed the infidelities and extramarital affairs of her husband. Rita next took her story to Playboy, which ran expanded editions of her diary in two issues, with accompanying nude photos of the comely blonde. In her 1981 book, My Capitol Secrets, Jenrette reported that, after marrying a congressman, she learned that women in Washington gain status by the power of their paramours. She noted that illicit trysts occurred "in borrowed apartments" and several senators she knew had rented houses near the Capitol for "nooners." Quickies also took place in the hideaway meeting rooms scattered about the bowels of the Capitol. Rita and her husband distinguished themselves by having sex on the steps of the Capitol, albeit behind a pillar. But extramarital affairs proved the least of Congressman John Jenrette's problems. He got caught in the FBI's ABSCAM sting accepting a $50,000 bribe and ended up in jail, and Rita got a divorce. |
|1980 & 1981
||The relationship between Rep. Thomas Evans (R. Del) and Washington lobbyist Paula Parkinson was revealed by a newspaper following a "golfing" weekend in Florida. The lovely lobbyist soon became known as "Parkinson's disease" – because mere mention of her name could make many members of the House start shaking. Paula, a former Bunny at the New York Playboy Club, found her good looks gave her easy access to lobby Members of Congress, both their offices and bedrooms. During one of her one-night stands with a Congressman she videotaped their lovemaking with his excited permission. Many thought Paula had also taped without permission, which caused no end of panic in Washington. In May 1980, Paula answered a newspaper ad placed by Playboy, seeking women in Washington for a pictorial spread. This did not prove a good career move, for it terrified members of Congress away from dealing with her. By March 1981, the Department of Justice was investigating whether any members of the House had traded votes for sex. The Paula Parkinson sex scandal sent tremors through the Congress. Paula’s husband (20 years her senior) apologized for creating a "sexual Frankenstein." When she tried to sell her story of sex in Washington, she found few takers because she refused to name names, other than Tom Evans’s; she said she had a love affair with Evans. Evans publicly apologized, saying he regretted his association with her, and asked God and his family for forgiveness. His family apparently forgave. His constituents didn't, and he was defeated in 1982 when running for reelection.|
||Rep. Dan Crane (R. Il) and Rep. Gerry Studds (D. Mass) were the subject of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee into sexual relationships with Congressional pages, the young students selected to work for a year in Washington running Congressional errands while attending high school at the Library of Congress. Both Congressmen admitted having sex with teenage pages: Crane with a 17-year-old female (in 1980) and Studds with a 17-year-old male (in 1973). The House censured both men. A tearful Crane apologized to his family and colleagues, but his constituents voted him out of office in 1984. Studds refused to apologize, and was reelected repeatedly, retiring from Congress in 1996. These activities resulted in a restructuring of the page program to protect youngsters from such relationships with Members of Congress.|
||First term Rep. Ernis Konnyu (R. CA) was subject to charges of sexual harassment by female aides and a female lobbyist. One aide said the Congressman had been unhappy with her placement of a name tag for an event, because "she wasn't exactly stacked" and he didn't want attention drawn to that fact; another aide said he requested she turn around so he could check her out; and the lobbyist complained that this married Congressman had touch her knee suggestively at a lunch. He was defeated in 1988, by a candidate his own Republican party fielded against him.|
||Shortly before his 1988 reelection effort, Rep. Jim Bates (D. CA) was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward two female members of his staff. He apologized for anything he had done to offend the women, while claiming it was a GOP smear effort. He was reelected but the House Ethics Committee investigated it, and gave him a mild reprimand. One of the complaining women was outraged that Bates escaped with no real punishment. "He took my leg between his in full view of the staff and did a bump and grind on my leg," she said. "There were lots of comments on my breasts."|
||Senator Brock Adams (D. WA) was accused in 1989 of sexually molesting Kari Tupper, the daughter of a long-time friend. Tupper, 24 years old at the time, said the Senator fixed her a drink, and the next thing she knew, when she awoke, was that he had removed all her clothing, and was pawing her. When the U.S. Attorney in Washington dallied for 18 months, Tupper went to the Seattle Times with the story. After they published the story, eight other women came forward to the Times with similar stories, the most serious being a charge of rape. All the women signed affidavits, agreeing, if necessary, to testify to verify the Times story that Senator Adams had been drugging and molesting women during the last two decades, and the Times ran the story (without naming the women) in 1992. Senator Adams withdrew from his reelection bid and returned to private life. To this day, the Senator denies the charges. But the women's statements are a horror story.|
||Ohio authorities spent three months investigating the sexual relationship between Rep. Donald "Buz" Lukens (R. OH), who was divorced, and Rosie Coffman, an African-American girl he first had sex with when she was 13 (1985), and again at 16 (1988). Lukens was indicted and convicted in 1989 by an Ohio court on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency and unruliness of a child, and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Lukens claimed he did not know the girl was a teenager. At trial the girl testified that she and a 19-year-old girl friend went to Lukens’s home unsolicited, and all three got in bed and had sex. The House Ethics Committee started, then stopped, an investigation, deciding that such matters should be resolved by the congressman's constituents. In the May 1990 primary for reelection his constituents tossed Lukens from office. And he was forced to resign before the end of his term when a female elevator operator at the Capitol complained that he had fondled her. Lukens was later indicted, convicted and sent to federal prison for accepting a bribe from an Ohio businessman while serving in Congress.|
||Five-term Rep. Gus Savage (D. IL) was investigated by the House Ethics Committee for charges by a Peace Corps worker that he molested her during a visit to Kinshasa, Zaire. The unnamed Peace Corps volunteer said that Savage had repeatedly fondled her in a U.S. Embassy limousine, ignoring her demands that he stop; she felt the two-hour series of incidents amounted to a sexual assault. Savage denied the charges, asserting that they were a racially-motivated political attack. While the House Ethics Committee found the incident had occurred, it dropped the matter when Savage wrote a letter to the woman apologizing and stating he did not intend to offend her. Savage was reelected in 1990, but defeated in a 1992 primary by Mel Reynolds (who would later have his own sex scandal problems)|
||Rep. Barney Frank (D. MA) was (and is) single. He became involved with a male prostitute, Stephen Gobie, whom Frank had hired as a personal assistant. Frank learned that Gobie was using Frank's Washington apartment for his male prostitution actives. When Frank dismissed Gobie, the young man went public, trying to profit from the affair. the Washington Post refused to buy his story, so he gave it to the Washington Times for free, hoping it would lead to a book deal. It didn't. Frank apologized to his colleagues, and constituents, admitting he was a homosexual. While the House Ethics Committee, and the House, reprimanded him when it was learned he had fixed some 33 parking tickets accumulated by Gobie when using Frank’s car, there was no evidence of any other wrongdoing. Barney Frank was reelected, and remains an active and respected member of the House of Representatives.|
||Rep. Arlan Stangeland (R. MN), who represented a very conservative rural district, got in trouble because he made several hundred telephone calls to or from the phone of a Virginia woman who was a lobbyist. While he claimed it was all business, his constituents thought he was playing around. "Stangeland's a strong family man," went the refrain in the coffee shops where farmers and shopkeepers gathered, according to one news account, in fact, these voters noted, "He likes families so much that he wants to have two of them." He was defeated for reelection.|
||Senator Charles Robb (D. VA) made a preemptive move by granting an exclusive television report about his extramarital affair with former Miss Virginia Tai Collins. Robb admitted that he had shared a bottle of wine, and Ms. Collins gave him a massage, in a New York hotel room. End of story. But the Virginia beauty gave an interview to Playboy and explained that they had been having an affair since 1983. Robb survived politically because his wife, Lynda Byrd, the daughter of former President Lyndon Johnson, rallied to his defense, and the Republicans nominated conservative Oliver North, a man with his own credibility problems, to run against him.|
||The Republican opponent of Senator Daniel Inouye (D. HI) ran an ad during the 1992 Senate race that contained a secretly-taped conversation with Lenore Kwock, who was Inouye's long-time hairdresser. Kwock said that, in 1975, Inouye had sexually forced himself on her, and continued to sexually harass her whenever she cut his hair. When Kwock said that the campaign ads were causing her more hurt than Senator Inouye ever had, they were pulled. But a female Democratic state legislator soon reported she had received calls from nine other women who claimed that Inouye had sexually harassed them. In a move that looked like it might have been dictated by higher Democratic state officials, the state legislator withdrew her charge, saying that it had been wrong to make the charge with anonymous women complaining. She did not say the complaints were not true. However, the Senate Ethics Committee dropped the matter when none of the accusers were willing to assist with their inquiry, and the matter died. |
||Shortly after Senator Robert Packwood (R. OR) was reelected to his fifth term in the Senate, the Washington Post published a story it had been sitting on since before the election, but did not run because Packwood denied the charges. The story was based on allegations by a female lobbyist and 10 former female staff members who had worked for Packwood, all claiming they had been repeatedly sexually harassed by the Senator. One woman, Julie Williamson, said he had tried to pull her clothing off her when she worked for him in 1969. Others, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed he would grope them, kiss them on the lips, or force his tongue into their mouths. Packwood's denials only resulted in additional complaining women coming forward, until there were 26 complainants filed, with complaints spanning two decades of behavior. When it was learned that Packwood had kept an oral diary, in which every morning he recounted the events of the previous day, the Senate Ethics Committee wanted to see what had become of this 8200-page document, dating from the 1960s. Packwood said it included accounts of consensual sexual relationships with members of his staff and lobbyists, and of the sexual activities of other members of the Senate and House, which he was entitled to keep private. Packwood fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court for his right not to turn over the diary, but lost. One mystery woman, a well-known person, pleaded through an attorney that her privacy be protected, lest her name be revealed in Packwood's diary. With the diary in the hands of the Senate Ethics Committee, Packwood was in trouble for more than his sexual activity. The diary showed him trading political favors with powerful businessmen, and other members of the Senate. The Senate Ethics Committee, to the surprise of Packwood and others in the Senate, not to mention the public, recommended he be expelled from the Senate. Before that happened, he resigned. When last reported, the former senator was earning close to a seven-figure annual income as a Washington lobbyist. |
||Rep. Ken Calvert (R. CA) was discovered by the police, in his home town of Corna, naked in his car and in the company of a local prostitute performing a sex act on him. He tried to flee when police confronted him, but was caught. For months he stonewalled, insisting that "nothing happened." When a court order forced police to release their report of the episode, Calvert acknowledged the incident, but claimed he was not aware the woman was a prostitute. He said he had not paid her. He explained his behavior was triggered by the fact that his father had recently committed suicide, and his wife had left him. It worked. Congressman Calvert squeaked through his primary. Nothing more became of the matter, and he remained in Congress.|
||Freshman Rep. Mel Reynolds (D. IL) was indicted in 1994, shortly before the election, for having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker, Beverly Heard, and then pressuring her to lie about it. Reynolds, who is African-American, denied the charges, claiming they were racially motivated, and he was elected. A year later, he was convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault, soliciting child pornography, and obstruction of justice. After being sentenced to five years in prison, he resigned his Congressional seat. In 1997, Reynolds was again convicted on 15 counts of bank fraud, wire fraud, and lying to the Federal Elections Commission, and his wife, Marisol, pleaded guilty to related fraud charges. Reynolds was sentenced to another six-and-a-half years of imprisonment, and Marisol was given three years on probation,. She left her husband, explaining that he beat her during their marriage and had forced her to commit the fraud. At last report, she was living in Boston with their child, destitute. On January 20, 2001, President Clinton, at the request of Chicago political leaders, pardoned Mel Reynolds. |
||Placing himself ahead of a story that was about to break in the media, Rep. Dan Burton (R. IN), one of President Clinton's harshest critics about Monica Lewinsky and other perceived problems, confessed that in the 1980s, he had caused three marital separations and a near-divorce, with one of his affairs producing an illegitimate child whom Burton had supported for years. Notwithstanding his hypocrisy, voters returned him to Congress with an overwhelming vote of confidence.|
||"I believe that personal conduct and integrity does matter," Rep. Helen Chenoweth (R. ID) said in calling for President Clinton's resignation following the revelation of his affair with Monica. Chenoweth’s home state newspaper, the Idaho Statesman, quickly called her on her hypocrisy, revealing that she had earlier had an adulterous affair. This right-wing, family values advocate, was forced to admit that she "was involved in a relationship that I came to regret, that I'm not proud of." The relationship had occurred some 14 years earlier, and voters merely chuckled as they returned her to Congress.|
||House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde (R. IL), as he was leading the impeachment drive against President Clinton, was forced to offer his resignation from heading up the impeachment effort, when Salon.com reported that he'd had an extended extramarital affair. Salon editor David Talbot received a call from a 72-year-old retiree, Norman Sommer, who said that Hyde had been a home-wrecker in his affair with Cherie Snodgrass, an attractive young woman with three children, which lasted five years, 1965-69. It caused a divorce. When confronted, Hyde admitted that he and Cherie were "good friends" but claimed the statute of limitations had passed on his "youthful indiscretions." Speaker Gingrich advised Hyde not to resign, and the matter blew over. Hyde, a widower, was unaffected politically, other than by the tarnish of his hypocrisy.|
||Speaker Newt Gingrich (R. GA), who lost support of his colleagues for his behind-the- scenes mishandling of the efforts to impeach President Bill Clinton, had long been rumored to be involved in an extramarital affair. Shortly after Gingrich announced his resignation from Congress, he told his second wife he was resigning from their marriage as well. He married the woman with whom he was having an affair.|
||In November 1998, Rep. Robert Livingston (R. LA) was the overwhelming choice of his House colleagues to succeed Speaker Gingrich. But the Speaker-designate stunned his congressional peers and official Washington by admitting that he had "strayed" during his marriage, and not only would he stand down as Speaker, he was resigning from Congress. Livingston's departure was forced by publisher Larry Flynt's announcement that four women had admitted to having sexual liaisons with Livingston during the past 10 years, these women having come forward in response to Flynt's full page advertisement in the Washington Post to pay $1,000,000 for such information. After talking with Mrs. Livingston, however, Flynt agreed not to reveal the names of the women.|
||Rep. Gary Condit (D. CA) found his extramarital affairs public information following the disappearance of his "good friend" Chandra Levy, whose aunt reported the two were having a sexual affair. Soon other women surfaced claiming affairs with Condit, not to mention detailing his elaborate procedures to not get caught. Condit decided to stonewall, and left Congress.|