In the Chappaquiddick incident on July 18, 1969, Mary Jo Kopechne, a female passenger of U.S. Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, was killed when he accidentally drove his car off a bridge and into a tidal channel on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Kennedy swam free and left the scene, not reporting within nine hours, but Kopechne died in the vehicle. In the early hours of July 19, Kopechne’s body and the car were recovered. Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury and received a two-month suspended jail sentence. The incident became a national scandal, and may have influenced Kennedy’s decision not to campaign for President of the United States in 1972 and 1976.
The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s. Basically they had prevented Charles Keating, Chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association from being audited in return for receiving campaign funding. Unfortunately for everybody else in America the association collapsed under the corruption causing billions of dollars worth of damages and ruining the reputations of the senators.
The election between George Bush and Al Gore was plaqued with issues but it wasn’t until Florida bungled its voting system that the trouble really began. With the world watching the state had to count and recount all its ballots until finally the courts stepped in and chose Bush.
After it was discovered that Illinois congressman Rod Blagojevich tried to sell Barack Obama’s former congressional seat to the highest bidder his plan didn’t go over very well with authorities and he was arrested on some severe charges of corruption.
On June 11, 2007 US Senator Larry Craig was arrested for lewd conduct in a men’s restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Apparently there had been complaints of sexual activity in the restroom so a police officer was stationed in the one of the stalls undercover. Eventually Craig entered the stall next to him and began reaching under the partition to signal the officer. The officer responded by flashing his badge under the partition and pointing towards the exit.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was involved in a lot of messes in his 17 years in office. He was known as a playboy, fraud, pedophile, swindler, and gangster. Basically anything bad…that’s what he was. The most famous of his escapades however were probably the huge promiscuous parties he through that have come to be known by the nonsensical term bunga bunga.