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This Decade's Juiciest Political Scandals (With One Happening In 3 Parts)

With primary season finally ended, and the United States Presidential election just two months away, electioneering is already dominating North American headlines. To whet your appetite for the many controversies yet to come, we've put together a list of the top career-ending scandals in recent history.

Eliot Spitzer's Expensive Ring

The Scandal: In 2008, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was connected to an international prostitution ring, which he allegedly paid $80 000 for various services over 10 years.

The frown he wore while admitting his actions in public became legendary.

The Twist: The Spitzer scandal made history as his resignation paved the way for David Patterson to become New York's first black Governor and the first legally blind governor in U.S. history. Unfortunately, Patterson's administration became mired in its own sex scandal later in 2008.

Rod Blagojevich's Senate Seat Sale

The Scandal: Rod Blagojevich faced allegations of abusing his power as the Governor of Illinois for years. But in 2008, he outdid himself by trying to sell the senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. He has since been sentenced to 14 years in prison, but he's preparing an appeal, so expect to see his name in the headlines again.

Rod Blagojevich mug shot

In 2011, he was found guilty on multiple charges of corruption, including the seat sale.

The Back Story: Blagojevich became the fourth Illinois Governor to do time in the last 40 years.

Weinergate, Parts 1, 2 and 3

The Scandal: "Weinergate" an engrossing saga that can only be fully appreciated by viewing the full timeline. In short, Anthony Weiner- a Democratic Congressman from New York- tweeted a lewd photo in May 2011.

After initially claiming his account had been hacked, he admitted that the tweet was his own. At first, Weiner refused to resign, but when more risqué photos emerged, he relinquished his congressional seat.

The Afterward: When Weiner entered New York's mayoral race in 2013, more allegations of inappropriate behavior, including his alleged "joke" of engaging in online sexual exchanges under the alias of "Carlos Danger."

Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, decided to give her husband a second chance, but New Yorkers weren't so forgiving: Weiner finished fifth in the election.

But the Weiner saga didn't end there. Just last week, the disgraced politician was accused of sexting once again. And he might be in more trouble this time because his young son Jordan appeared in the frame of the suggestive photo. The incident has drawn the attention of the Administration for Children's Services. So this scandal could be the biggest yet for Weiner.

h/t Huffington Post, CBC, New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune

Banner Image: Former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) participate in the Pride Parade on June 29, 2008 in New York City. (lev radin /


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