(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.
You have got to be joking?? (LOL)
C-Street sounds like a brothel.
Once again the religious reich and their paid government officials of the (wright) get caught in the act. I'm glad their out of power for good.
To Mary @1:56:
Yes democrats and independents have affairs but they don't throw their beliefs at us and tell us they are moral right and believe in family values. Sanford , Ensign where all about getting Clinton out of office but now they are in the same fix, we should forgive them and let them get on with their lives. Well they can't have it both ways. Let them come off their high horse and quit trying to tell the rest of us how to live and behave. Until they practice what they preach, they should shut up and go back under their rock.
Leave religion out. Don't blame God for this mess!
I'm so glad all of those C Street boys are busy protecting the "sanctity of marriage".
Another man involved in a sex scandal. Another reason why we need more woman in politics. They tryed to bring Gov. Palin down with frivolous ethics complaints, and one by one they are all being dismissed. Now more then ever America needs this highly ethical woman, only to see Washington turn their back on her.
The GOP – what a joke! They're the biggest hypocrites in the world. They preach christian family values, blah, blah, blah. Go ahead and keep embarrasing yourselves.
Just checked. NOTHING about this on Faux News.....surprised?
Is it true that the C-street location is registered somehow as a church? What are the tax implications? Is this a not-for-profit brothel? Do these guys hold themselves above the law? Or do they really not see the irony of their actions?
I guess C stands for Cheat = Cheat Street.
@ Daniel Torluemke, . . that's real funny about Geraldo and Greta camping out. But true.
Oh please, dems embrace infidelity when its one of their own. They didnt mind Edwards touting moral authority, dragging his grave ill wife on campaign trail across country while having an affair and fathering child with another woman. They embraced a dem sitting sexual predator as president and told Americans that his sexcapades is none of our business. We are fighting 2 wars, facing serious challenges with N. Korea, Iran, health care, economy , largest deficit in history, an inexperienced president and an incompetent congress. With that being said, I doubt infidelity will be the deciding factor when Americans vote in 2010. Yes hypocrisy runs rampid in both parties. What else do you expect from politicians. Enough is ENOUGH. Time to stop using sex sex scandals as a means to distract our nation conducting foreign and domestic policies.