Now that ex-Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) has officially left office in the wake of his extramarital affair, it seems appropriate to reflect on Washingtons many sex scandals and fortunately, there are plenty out there to peruse.First up, theres this Esquire profile of ex-Rep. Eric Massa, who resigned from office earlier this year because of sexual misconduct allegations. Author Ryan DAgostino, who spent time with the New York Democrat after the scandal, reveals that Massa tried to commit suicide twice in March and became a shut-in at his home after his resignation.Things are less serious over at rival mens mag GQ, where Ana Marie Cox has complied a list of the 25 Greatest Philanderers in American Political History. Neither Massa nor Souder make the list, but there are some familiar faces, such as GOP Sens. John Ensign (Nev.) and David Vitter (La.), ex-Sens. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and Larry Craig (R-Idaho), and former Speakers Bob Livingston (R-La.) and Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).And there are also some throwback picks that make todays scandals seem a little minor league. Theres 19th-century Rep. William Breckinridge (D-Ky.), who was sued by his lover for breach of promise when he didnt ask her to marry him, and early 20th-century Sen. Arthur Brown (R-Utah), who was shot and killed by his jilted lover, Anne Bradley (who was acquitted at her trial after pleading temporary insanity).Submit your hot tips, juicy gossip or comments here.Cant get enough HOH? Get a midday dose of fun and gossip with HOHs One-Minute Recess, delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here because everyone deserves more recess.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.