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11 Cheating Scandals

11 public officials whose extramarital liaisons made headlines

Arnold Schwarzenegger

After he left the governor's office in January 2011, it was revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger, 65, not only cheated on wife Maria Shriver with Mildred Baena, a longtime housekeeper for the family, but also had a son with her. Shriver filed for divorce shortly thereafter.

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Gary Hart

Just after the senator from Colorado threw his hat in the Democratic presidential nomination ring in 1987, rumors swirled about his dalliances with a woman outside of his marriage. That woman turned out to be Donna Rice, famously photographed sitting on Hart's lap onboard a boat named "Monkey Business."

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David Vitter

In 2007, the senator from Louisiana (shown with wife, Wendy) was exposed as a client of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, popularly known as the "D.C. Madam." Vitter's political career and marriage have survived, though news reports recently surfaced that he "inadvertently" tweeted — and quickly deleted — a message to a young woman in August 2012.

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Bill Clinton

President Clinton fibbed at first, but ultimately admitted to having an improper relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky during his first term in 1998. The scandal brought impeachment but not conviction to Clinton.

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Wilbur Mills

When police stopped the Democratic congressman from Arkansas for speeding in Washington in October 1974, Fanne Foxe, a red-haired stripper known as "The Argentine Firecracker," bolted out of his Lincoln and jumped into the Tidal Basin. Mills soon won a 19th term but was later stripped of his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee. He didn't run again.

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John Edwards

John Edwards abandoned his bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination months before admitting to an affair with campaign worker Rielle Hunter and to being the father of her daughter. A jury failed to convict Edwards of misusing campaign funds to cover up the affair, and since Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, died in 2010, his romance with Hunter has been off and on.

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Mark Sanford

When the Republican governor of South Carolina disappeared in June 2009, his staff claimed he was "hiking the Appalachian trail." Sanford later revealed that he'd been visiting his Argentinian mistress, Maria Belen Chapur. Divorced for more than two years from his wife of 20 years, Sanford is engaged to Belen Chapur. "I'm both happy and excited for what that means," Sanford told CNN.

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Newt Gingrich

In 1980, the Republican congressman from Georgia left his wife, the former Jackie Battley (his high school geometry teacher), after beginning an affair with Marianne Ginther, whom he married in 1981. In 1993, while married to Marianne, Gingrich began a six-year affair with Callista Bisek (shown with Gingrich), a House of Representatives staffer who was 23 years his junior. Gingrich divorced his second wife in 1999 and married Bisek in 2000.

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David H. Petraeus

The retired general and CIA director resigned from his post in November 2012, following the disclosure of his extramarital affair with biographer and Army reserve officer Paula Broadwell.

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John Ensign

In 2009, the Republican senator from Nevada publicly admitted to an affair with Cynthia Hampton, his political aide, whose own husband was Ensign's administrative assistant. Nearly two years later, Ensign resigned amid investigations into his conduct in office.

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Eliot Spitzer

In March 2008, the New York Times reported that Spitzer, the Democratic governor and former attorney general of New York, had been a regular client of Emperors Club VIP, a high-priced prostitution service. Two days later, amid calls for his impeachment, Spitzer (shown with wife, Silda Wall) announced that he would resign, saying, "I cannot allow for my private failings to disrupt the people's work."

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