A Quickie Guide to Career-Ending Political Sex Scandals


(L) Paula Broadwell led CIA Head David Petraeus to resign. (R) Petraeus and his wife, Holly. (Getty)

As details of General David Petraeus' sex scandal continue to emerge, each one leads to further questions, raging from concerns that the (now former) director of the CIA may have compromised the security of America's secrets to confusion over how many members of the military's top brass are engaging in potentially career-ending affairs. Ultimately, however, one thing is not in doubt: Petraeus' affair has shut the door on a promising political career.

Petraeus is not alone: Washington's halls of power are littered with the corpses of promising political careers that fell victim to sexual scandals. And, while each affair has its own distinctive contours, D.C. affairs generally fall into a few simple categories.

Here's our short list of the top six types of political career-ending affair. If we missed one, be sure to let us know.

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Hi Peg and Matt

The first F.B.I. director, Hoover, put down the foundations for the system being used today. He would be director for as long as he choose.His department built a book on all politicians nationally. As soon as a new member was elected to office, he received congratulations from Hoover and a copy of his treport.To this day the F.B.I.still determines who to out aand who to cover.

November 17 2012 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Don't understand the problem with these men being involved in a sex scandal. When our then "Commander-In- Chief, used our "White House", as his "***** HOUSE", and LIED under oath, we were all told that it was a "Personal" matter. These two men did not occupy the highest rank in the millitary - - and since we have been educated to the fact that to lie under oath and not to know what is - is; where is the harm they have done except to their famlies?

November 15 2012 at 12:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply