The Wilbur Mills Scandal

Wilbur Mills was a popular US congressman but things fell apart for him after getting a DUI right after engaging in a scuffle with Argentinean stripper, Fanne Fox. To make things even more comical, when he was pulled over she was actually with him in the car. Before the police officer could even say a word, however, she jumped out the back and dove into a drainage ditch after which she was taken to a mental hospital and left Wilbur with some serious explaining to do.

The Langer Affair

When North Dakota Governor William Langer took office in 1932, he and five co-conspirators required all state employees to donate part of their annual salaries to his political party. Collecting this money was not prohibited by state law and was a common, traditional practice. However, when donations were made by highway department employees, who were paid through federal relief programs, the US attorney charged that the donations constituted a conspiracy to defraud the federal government. He and his colleagues were eventually brought to court. Although he was convicted of a felony and told to resign as governor he ended up declaring North Dakota independent, instituting martial law, and barricading himself in the governor’s mansion until the Supreme Court would meet with him. Eventually a settlement was reached and a new governor was chosen.

Mel Reynolds Scandal

In August 1994, Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds was indicted for sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse for engaging in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer that began during the 1992 campaign. He initially denied the allegations and continued to campaign but was eventually convicted and sent to prison both for the rape charges as well as charges related to bank fraud and money laundering.

The Foley Affair

On September 28, 2006, ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross reported that in 2005, congressman Mark Foley had sent email messages from his personal AOL account to a former Congressional page, asking the page to send a photo of himself to Foley, among other things. Foley’s office confirmed that Foley had sent the messages but said it has a practice of asking for photos of individuals who may ask for recommendations and that the page had requested a recommendation. Eventually, however, other pages ended up coming forward and led to a severely tarnished reputation.

The Chen Shui-bian Scandals

Although President Chen Shui-bian wanted to see a strong and independent Taiwan his family’s (and his own) lack of self control managed to undermine many of his positions. His son-in-law was caught money laundering and insider trading, his wife wired over $21 million to various banks in the world, and he was arrested after his resignation for embezzlement of funds and receiving bribes. High aspirations don’t necessarily make good leaders.

Elliot Spitzer

According to published reports, investigators believe Spitzer paid up to $80,000 for prostitutes over a period of several years while he was Attorney General, and later as Governor. Spitzer first drew the attention of federal investigators when his bank reported suspicious money transfers, which initially led investigators to believe that Spitzer may have been hiding bribe proceeds. The investigation of the governor led to the discovery of the prostitution ring after which he obviously resigned.