June 29th, 2009
04:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Will recent GOP sex scandals affect upcoming races?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/29/republican.scandals/art.sanford.head.down.gi.jpg caption="South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admits to an affair Wednesday at the state Capitol in Columbia. "]WASHINGTON (CNN) - It has been a rocky couple of weeks for the Republican Party as high-profile, traditional-values politicians have faced embarrassing sex scandals.

First it was Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, who admitted in a news conference two weeks ago to having an affair with a former staffer.

Then, last week, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford trumped Ensign.

After days in which his whereabouts were unknown by his wife and staff (who thought he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail), Sanford held a tear-filled and rambling news conference to admit to an affair with an Argentine woman, and to apologize to his staff and the voters of South Carolina for not disclosing where he was.

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  1. John Black Hills/SD

    Probably not. The next "thing to do" is for candidates to spill their guts out on the campaign trail (like TV evangelists), about how they did their loved ones wrong, but now everyone is happy, and faithful. Accept it, serious politicians are creepy, it's part of a persona that can speak both sides, unless one is completely out of favor for the time being.

    June 29, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. JM


    June 29, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Charles

    This creep should resign.

    June 29, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Larry

    Wish they were from Ohio so I could vote them out.

    June 29, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |