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On May 27, 2011, former congressman Anthony Weiner (Credit: AP )

On May 27, 2011, former congressman Anthony Weiner tweeted an inappropriate photo of himself in his underwear. Weiner quickly denied he sent the tweet but later admitted it.

From JFK to Anthony Weiner, politicians and public officials in sex scandals

Public officials' and politicians' affairs and sex scandals have had varied effects on their careers over the years.

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and his wife Wendy
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Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and his wife Wendy address a news conference in Metairie, Monday, July 16, 2007. Vitter is making his first public appearance since acknowledging that his telephone number appeared in the records of a Washington escort service. (July 16, 2007)

In July 1969, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy
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In July 1969, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy drove off a bridge in Chappaquiddick, Mass., leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to drown. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a two-month suspended jail sentence. (1970)

President John F. Kennedy is alleged to have
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President John F. Kennedy is alleged to have had numerous affairs, including a relationship with Marilyn Monroe. In February 2012, former White House intern Mimi Alford authored a book detailing her long-ago trysts with Kennedy. (Oct. 22, 1962)

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Rep. Wayne Hays, D-Ohio, chairman of the House
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Rep. Wayne Hays, D-Ohio, chairman of the House Administration Committee, met with the press May 25, 1976, to admit to having an affair with Elizabeth Ray. She claimed she was paid a $14,000-a-year-congressional salary to serve as his mistress. Hays denied Ray had been hired for her sexual favors. (May 25, 1976)

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was accused
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Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was accused of patronizing an escort service while in office. The information came to light in a federal wiretap probe after his banks reported large-sum money transfers, which turned out to be payments for prostitution services. The Democrat resigned a week after the scandal broke. (March 10, 2008)

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had an affair
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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had an affair with the family's housekeeper that resulted in a child while he was married to Maria Shriver and admitted to an affair with actress Brigitte Nielsen at a time he and Shriver were dating and already living together. (Undated file)

Former President Bill Clinton conceded while in office
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Former President Bill Clinton conceded while in office that he'd had an inappropriate relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky. He was impeached but finished the rest of his presidency largely with popular support. (Feb. 12, 1999)

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa admitted in 2007
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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa admitted in 2007 that he was having an affair with television reporter Mirthala Salinas. She was suspended by her employer and eventually resigned. (Feb. 9, 2009)

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On May 27, 2011, former congressman Anthony Weiner
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On May 27, 2011, former congressman Anthony Weiner tweeted an inappropriate photo of himself in his underwear. Weiner quickly denied he sent the tweet but later admitted it.

Newt Gingrich had an affair with Senate staffer
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Newt Gingrich had an affair with Senate staffer Callista Bisek in the 1990s. He left his wife and married her. (April 19, 2012)

In this July 29, 1980, photo, Rep. Robert
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In this July 29, 1980, photo, Rep. Robert E. Bauman listens to the discussions during a session of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Boy Scouts of America kept a file on Bauman after a 1980 scandal involving a male prostitute. Bauman represented the Eastern Shore from 1973 to 1981. (July 29, 1980)

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom listens during a
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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom listens during a meeting in his San Francisco office in a file photo from March 22, 2006. Newsom sought counseling for alcohol use in the wake of the disclosure that he had an affair with the wife of a trusted aide. (March 22, 2006)

Former Vice President Al Gore split from wife
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Former Vice President Al Gore split from wife Tipper after his affair with Laurie David became public. (Undated file)

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Presidential candidate John Edwards was indicted over money
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Presidential candidate John Edwards was indicted over money used to cover up an extramarital affair with filmmaker/actress Rielle Hunter during the 2008 election. The case ended in a mistrial in May 2012 (May 29, 2012)

In this July 1983 file photo, Rep. Gerry
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In this July 1983 file photo, Rep. Gerry Studds, D-Mass., speaks to reporters on the steps of the U. S. Capitol. In 1983, it was revealed that Studds had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old page 10 years earlier. The revelation forced Studds to become the first openly gay member of Congress. (July 1983)

John Ensign: In 2009, Nevada Sen. John Ensign

John Ensign: In 2009, Nevada Sen. John Ensign staged a news conference and admitted to an affair with former campaign staffer Cindy Hampton. After a Senate Ethics Committee probe over whether he violated Senate ethics in having the affair, he announced his resignation in April 2011. >>Watch the news conference (April 21, 2011)

Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif., gestures towards a photographer
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Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif., gestures towards a photographer as he leaves his Washington apartment building Monday, July 30, 2001. Condit, who has acknowledged an affair with missing intern Chandra Levy, was en route to his Capitol Hill office. (July 30, 2001)

Rep. Dan Crane (R-Ill.) cries as he talks
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Rep. Dan Crane (R-Ill.) cries as he talks to reporters in this file photo from July 16, 1983, in Danville, Ill. Crane, with his wife Judy and his daughter Heidi, 3, said he was sorry he hurt his family by having an affair with a 17-year-old Congressional page. He vowed to remain in office. (July 16, 1983)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Larry Craig (R-Idaho)

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June 2007 and charged with lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in a men's restroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. (May 25, 2006)

Former Rep. Wilbur D. Mills of Arkansas saw

Former Rep. Wilbur D. Mills of Arkansas saw his political career end after a scandal ensued in 1974 after he showed up drunk on a stage with well-known stripper Fanne Fox, aka the "Argentine Firecracker." Weeks earlier, he had been arrested for speeding near the Jefferson Memorial; Fox was a passenger in the car. (Dec. 2, 1974)

Democratic Rep. Barney Frank had an affair with
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Democratic Rep. Barney Frank had an affair with male prostitute Steve Gobie in 1989. (Sept. 6, 2012)

Mark Foley: Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), right, addresses
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Mark Foley: Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), right, addresses the media with Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.) at the Capitol in Washington in this 2003 photo. Foley resigned over sexually explicit messages to underage congressional pages. Five years later, he appeared on Fox News to discuss the scandal. >>Watch the news conference

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford talks to The
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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford talks to The Associated Press about his affair with an Argentine woman in his Columbia, S.C., Statehouse office on June 30, 2009.

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Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart's affair with Donna
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Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart's affair with Donna Rice ended with his withdrawal from the 1988 presidential race. (May 1984)

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