House Speaker John Boehner couldn't resist taking a shot at Rep. Anthony Weiner during a commencement speech Sunday at Ohio State University.
During the address at Ohio Stadium, Boehner made fun of his own surname being pronounced to rhyme with "honor," "leaner" and of course, "boner." Then he dead-panned, "Thank God it's not Weiner," which drew guffaws from the crowd.
While Democrats have had their share of lurid sex scandals: think President Clinton, Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Republicans have been well-represented in the sex scandal sweepstakes.
Many politicians on the Far Right who've run and continue to run on Family Values, Mom and Apple Pie have fallen way short of the mark.
It's common knowledge that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cheated on two of his three of wives. Point in fact, he was in the throes of his own tawdry affair -- while leading the charge to impeach President Clinton in 1999.
*Former Nevada Sen. John Ensign stepped down recently, after coming this close to being expelled from the Senate, following an ethics investigation into his affair with a campaign aide, whose husband was reportedly his friend and his administrative assistant. The probe unearthed a cover up, with substantial evidence that includes violating the federal campaign law. The married Ensign -- an Evangelical Christian, who also called for the President's impeachment -- is now the subject of a full-scale investigation by the U.S. Department Of Justice.
*Louisiana Sen. David Vitter -- still in office -- asked for public forgiveness after it came out that he had been cavorting with prostitutes in Washington, D.C. and in New Orleans as far back as the 90's. He, too, called for President Clinton's resignation. He's also married with children.
*Husband, father and ex-Gov. Mark Sanford, would disappear, telling his staff he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His staff couldn't contact him, and he was nowhere to be found on Father's Day, 2009. What South Carolinians didn't know was that he was carrying on an affair in Argentina with one Maria Belen Chapur, a divorced mother of three. He told his wife, four sons and the rest of the world that Chapur was his "soul mate," this as Jenny Sanford sought counseling to save the crumbling marriage. She left him. Sanford voted to impeach the President, labeling his behavior as "reprehensible." He was almost impeached for his behavior years later.
*Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig was arrested in June 2007 and charged with lewd conduct in the men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct a couple of months later. Craig, also a husband and father, issued emphatic denials of being gay. He said he was going to resign, flip-flopped and finished out his term, which ended in 2008.
Before his marriage in the early 80's, unnamed house colleagues accused him of cocaine use and sex with male teenage pages, the allegations pursued by investigators and journalists. At the time, Congressman Craig issued a statement that read: "persons who are unmarried as I am, by choice or by circumstance, have always been the subject of innuendos, gossip and false accusations. I think this is despicable."
Fast forward to 1988, when Craig was serving on a House Ethics committee investigating Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, who was caught up in a gay prostitution scandal. Craig reportedly wanted his colleagues to throw everything including the kitchen sink at Frank, pushing hard for harsher punishment. Frank survived, and is now one of the few openly-gay legislators in Congress.
Craig became a senator in the 90's just in time for the Monica Lewinsky scandal and subsequent Clinton impeachment. He voted to remove the President from office. This is what he had to say on NBC's Meet The Press where he told the late Tim Russert: "The American people already know that Bill Clinton is a bad boy - a naughty boy. I'm going to speak out for the citizens of my state, who in the majority think that Bill Clinton is probably even a nasty, bad, naughty boy."
There were very few -- if any -- calls by Republicans for these politicians to resign.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times