The road to political success is not an easy one. The path is fraught with twists and turns for anyone who feels called to represent their fellow citizens. These obstacles can include dishonest advisors or the menacing press. However, arguably the biggest hurdle these aspiring public servants must overcome is their own personal demons — namely, lust.
Throughout the history of politics, from kings to presidents, there have been mistresses, flings and now sexts. With the recent surfacing of Monica Lewinsky’s explicit audio tapes she made for President Clinton and Anthony Weiner’s cyber paramour Sydney Leathers publicly saying she’d consider porn, it’s time these ‘other women’ were ranked.
To determine how to rank the women from the best to the worst of modern day sex scandals, we employed a complicated, and only slightly arbitrary, system of how sleazy, how crazy and how hot they were at the time of the incident.
Kicking us off at the top is…
María Belén Chapur
This Argentinian beauty came to light as South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s mistress after he casually disappeared for a weekend, claiming later that he was “hiking the Appalachian trail.” In actuality he was down in Buenos Aires with Chapur. Out of all the women on this list, she seems the most normal. She has two kids, used to be a TV news reporter and it seems her only fault was falling in love with a married man. The two are now engaged, which adds to the legitimacy of this dalliance being more than just a fling. Plus, at 41, she looks good.
Memorable quote: Mark Sanford said she was his “soulmate.”
María did it for love, but equally as honest about her motivations is…
Ashley Alexandra Dupré
Ashley became a public figure when a federal wiretap discovered that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer had spent upwards of $80,000 on high class call girls during his stint as attorney general and then continuing into his governorship. Ashley claims she did not know who he was, but rather was just doing her job as an escort as part of the “Emperor’s Club VIP.” While having sex for money is certainly sleazy, Dupré doesn’t seem too crazy. She needed money and she got it. Plus, she’s easily the hottest one on this list, which helps her ranking.
Memorable quote: “I was doing my job. I don’t feel that I brought him down.”
While Ashley was all about the green, sometimes mistresses can seem downright delusional, like our next woman…