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.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.