(CNN) – The wife of former Republican Rep. Chip Pickering filed a lawsuit late Tuesday against her husband's alleged mistress, making the former six-term congressman from Mississippi the third politician associated with the Capitol Hill "Christian Fellowship" home to be embroiled in a sex scandal.
According to the Jackson Free Press, Leisha Pickering's lawsuit alleges her husband restarted a relationship with Elizabeth Creekmore Byrd, his college sweetheart, while he was "a United States congressman prior to and while living in the well-known C Street Complex in Washington, D.C."
The Capitol Hill rowhouse - reportedly owned by an organization affiliated with the religious group "The Fellowship" - has also housed Nevada Sen. John Ensign, who admitted last month to an extramarital affair. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who has also admitted to cheating on his wife, was a frequent visitor to the home for prayer meetings and meals during his time in Congress
The lawsuit claims the affair ruined the Pickering's marriage, and ended the former congressman's political career.
Pickering, now a lobbyist for a telecommunications company owned by Creekmore-Byrd's family, is not commenting on the lawsuit.
"I still believe it is in the best interest of our five boys if our differences are resolved privately and before the appropriate court and not in the media," Pickering said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.