10 Capitol Hill Scandals: Who Survived? Who Was Sent Packing?

PHOTO: This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013 shows then-newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington.

No doubt about it, it hasn’t been the best week for Rep. Vance McAllister.

Early this week, an anonymous sourced released surveillance video of the married Republican kissing a female staffer in his district office on December 23.

Months ago he dubbed himself a “good guy” to ABC News, but McAllister has spent this week at home with his family instead of in Washington.

Pundits have suggested McAllister may face a congressional ethics investigation. But does it signal the death knell of the freshman congressman’s career? Or will he escape the controversy, bruised, but able to hold on to his seat in the House of Representatives?

Capitol Hill has been a breeding ground for scandals of all kinds -- some lawmakers have survived, others have not. Here’s a look at how 10 lawmakers have fared in recent years:

RESIGNED

Bob Ney

Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio’s 18th Congressional district (1995-2006)

The Scandal: The six-term congressman pleaded guilty in 2006 to taking bribes in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

The Fallout: Ney was the only Congressman convicted in the scandal and resigned shortly after pleading guilty to the corruption charges. He spent 17 months in prison and soon after wrote a book and started a talk-radio show in West Virginia.

 

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PHOTO: NYC Mayoral Debate

RESIGNED

Anthony Weiner

Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 9th Congressional district (1995-2006)

The Scandal: The famous “Weinergate” scandal erupted in 2011, when the Congressman admitted -- after repeatedly denying -- that he had tweeted and Facebook-messaged sexually suggestive photos of himself to at least six women.

The Fallout: 10 days after admitting to his behavior, Weiner announced his resignation from Congress. But it didn’t stop there. Weiner appeared to be the frontrunner for some time in his surprise-2013 run for New York City mayor. However, his campaign derailed in July 2013 after evidence surfaced he had sent more sexually suggestive pictures and texts to women under the alias "Carlos Danger" months after resigning from Congress.

 

SURVIVED

Michael Grimm

Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 11th Congressional district (2013-present)

The Scandal: In a post-State of the Union interview this past January, NY1-TV reporter Michael Scotto asked Grimm about some recent controversies tying the lawmaker to alleged campaign finance violations. Grimm walked away from the interview -- and after the reporter appeared to sign off, Grimm confronted Scotto with the camera still rolling. Grimm threatened to throw Scotto off of the balcony and told him “I’ll break you in half, like a boy."

The Fallout: Grimm first issued a statement, which seemed to defend the threats. But as the sound bite gained national attention on TV and the Internet, Grimm called Scotto to apologize, and then issued another statement apologizing for the incident.

 

PHOTO: Former Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., attends a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on the Obama administrations response to Syrias alleged use of chemical weapons.
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PHOTO: Former Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., attends a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on the Obama administration's response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons.

RESIGNED

David Wu

Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon’s 1st Congressional district (1999-2011)

The Scandal: Wu was serving his seventh term in Congress when reports surfaced in July of 2011 that he engaged in an “unwanted sexual encounter” with a young California woman in November 2010.

The Fallout: Wu resigned from Congress just three days after the story broke in the Portland Oregonian. It was the second time in a year that he was caught in controversy, after several of his staff members resigned in 2010 during his reelection campaign. Wu reportedly sent a picture of himself in a tiger costume to his congressional staff, and several who resigned said Wu should seek psychiatric help.

 

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