…but the former U.S. House Representative from New York’s 9th district joins a long list of HornDogs who were given a second chance at bat.
Former President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House in 1998 but acquitted by the Senate over his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the Associated Press reported.
Massachusetts Democrat Edward Kennedy was serving in the Senate in 1969, when he was involved in a car accident that resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and while the incident was thought to have damaged his presidential prospects, he ultimately served in the Senate until 2009, when he died of brain cancer.
California Republican Ken Calvert was serving his first year in Congress in 1993 when he was busted by police while engaged in sexual conduct with a prostitute. The incident didn’t slow down his political career, as Calvert is still serving on Capitol Hill.
David Vitter won a second term as a Republican senator from Louisiana in 2010, three years after he was identified as a client of a prostitution service in what was dubbed the “DC Madam” scandal, the Associated Press reported.
Massachusetts Democratic congressman Barney Frank’s career was almost derailed in 1989 after he admitted to a relationship with a male prostitute, but went on to serve for two more decades before retiring, the Associated Press reported.
Democrat Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor of New York in 2008 in a call-girl scandal and has since worked as a commentator for CNN and other media organizations, the Associated Press reported.
Virginia Democrat Chuck Robb took another shot at the U.S. Senate in 1994, years after admitting to a secret history of partying and sexual encounters, according to the New York Times. He won his bid for a second term.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, with his fiancee Maria Belen Chapur at his side, addresses supporters in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, after winning the GOP nomination for the U.S. House seat he once held. Sanford is trying to make a comeback after his political career was derailed four years ago when he disappeared from the state only to return to admit the couple was having an affair. Sanford’s wife, Jenny, later divorced him. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
Former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s history of marriages, divorces and affairs reemerged in the spotlight while making an unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2012.
There’s something about the defeated, somewhat apologetic underdog that brings out the best in us.
source: AOL News