July 17th, 2009
01:32 PM ET
14 years ago

A third 'C Street' Republican embroiled in sex scandal

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/17/art.pickering.gi.jpg caption="Pickering, a former Republican congressman from Mississippi, is accused of having an affair."](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.

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soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. Soraya

    You have got to be joking?? (LOL)

    July 17, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    C-Street sounds like a brothel.

    July 17, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Keith A Sillsbury

    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.

    July 17, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Jo

    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.

    July 17, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. New Era

    Leave religion out. Don't blame God for this mess!

    July 17, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. gm

    I'm so glad all of those C Street boys are busy protecting the "sanctity of marriage".

    July 17, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Bassman

    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.

    July 17, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. C.K.

    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.

    July 17, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Just checked. NOTHING about this on Faux News.....surprised?

    July 17, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. curious

    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?

    July 17, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. virginia for obama

    I guess C stands for Cheat = Cheat Street.

    @ Daniel Torluemke, . . that's real funny about Geraldo and Greta camping out. But true.

    July 17, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Tatianna

    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.

    July 18, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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