The Real Threat to Marriage: Top 10 GOP Adulterers

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The traditional media may be interested almost exclusively in the sex lives of Democratic politicians, but on the hypocrisy index, it is hard to score higher than Republicans pontificating about saving the institution of marriage while so many of their leaders are serial and long-time adulterers:

1. President George H.W. Bush allegedly had an LTR with British-born Jennifer Fitzgerald that lasted at least two decades, all while married to Bar, who said, “He didn’t even notice when I stopped coloring my hair.”

2. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, famously married to Maria Shriver since 1986, is allegedly a purveyor of prostitutes, the father of at least one child out of wedlock and a serial groper of women in workplace situations.

3. Sen. John McCain, 2008 Republican presidential frontrunner, and admitted adulterer and alleged philanderer. [Update July 2008: McCain’s Extramarital Affair with Cindy Ended His Friendship with Reagans in the 1970s]

4. Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and another GOP 2008 presidential contender, betrayed his second wife, TV presenter Donna Hanover, with his “very good friend” Judith Nathan, whom he has since married. Hanover also publicly accused Rudy of having an affair with a staffer, Cristyne Lategano-Nicholas.

5. Rush Limbaugh, comedian, (a.k.a. “Rusty Sharpe”) dated Marta Fitzgerald while she was married to someone else. Marta later became his third wife. (He and CNN’s Daryn Kagin recently stopped dating.)

6. Bill O’Reilly, propagandist, who is married to Maureen McPhilmy, tried to have phone sex with Andrea Mackris, who sued him for sexual harrassment.

7. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, is probably the most audacious serial adulterer in any political party.

8. Former Rep. Bob Barr’s notoriety as an adulterer was one of many ironies around the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA) which he wrote, and which was passed with the leadership of fellow adulterers Sen. Majority Leader Bob Dole and House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

9. Rep. Henry Hyde, who served as chairman of House Mangers in the adultery-related impeachment of President Clinton, was a home-wrecker himself. Hyde had an affair when he was a young and foolish man of 41 while he and his girlfriend were both very much married. Her husband later said Hyde broke up his family.

10. Gary Bauer, professional moralizing Christian nationalist, experienced a mutiny when he was running for president when actual Christians on the staff of his 2000 presidential campaign quit in protest over Bauer’s “inappropriate” behavior with a 26-year-old deputy campaign manager. Euww.

11. (Updated) Had to add this one sent in by reader S.O. that probably should have bumped poor old Henry Hyde on the list: Neal Horsley, and rightwing religious nut, freely admitted to a kinky sex life, including this outrageous exchange on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes:

AC: “You had sex with animals?”

NH: “Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule.”

AC: “I’m not so sure that that is so.”

NH: “You didn’t grow up on a farm in Georgia, did you?”

AC: “Are you suggesting that everybody who grows up on a farm in Georgia has a mule as a girlfriend?”

NH: It has historically been the case. You people are so far removed from the reality… Welcome to domestic life on the farm…”

UPDATE: Thanks for all the emails. Our list attempts to identify the top 10 adulterers so there were several top contenders that didn’t make it:

  • Rep. Bob Livingston, the man who would have been House Speaker after Newt if Larry Flynt hadn’t uncovered some very kinky dirt on Livingtston. He was a top contender but since he never really served as Speaker, was bumped for Bauer.
  • It is true that Nancy Reagan was pregnant when she married Ronnie, but neither of them was married to anyone else at the time. By Republican standards of “abstinence only,” Nancy clearly did not say “no.”
  • We covered the rumors of troubles in the marriage of the president and Laura Bush but the evidence of this is spotty.
  • A definite top 10 contender is the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund, a sanctimonius Clinton-hater, who, as reader TL reminds us, “[Apparently] had a fling with the DAUGHTER of someone he was having an affair with and then arranged for (or at least condoned) the abortion of their child.”
  • Back-bencher Rep. Don Sherwood of Pennsylvania, whose adultery with a younger woman was revealed after he tried to strangle her, didn’t make the cut, but someone please tell us he won’t be re-elected. (And thanks, M.H. and others, for the reminder!)
  • Reader Tim pointed out the track record of Rep. Jim Nussle of Iowa, who used his wife and autistic child as family values props then left them for a high-powered lobbyist after he was elected.

Keep ’em coming!

101 Comments

  • Kevin
    October 24, 2007 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    “I did NOT have sex with that woman.” Bill Clinton

    (3 weeks later)

    “I’ve sinned.” (crocodile tears on TV).

    Republicans may be doing it, sure, but only a Democrat has been caught doing it red-handed, and then committed perjury by trying to lie and say it never happened.

    So really – who’s slimier? Democrats, hands down…

  • October 24, 2007 - 9:10 am | Permalink

    You just don’t get it, Kevin. The “sin” in question is not adultery it’s hypocrisy. Dems don’t waggle their fingers at everyone else about their personal behavior. Only Republicans call themselves “values voters” and position themselves as being holier than thou.

    These GOP pols are fooling church sheeple and borderline retarded Dittoheads into voting for them by implying they are morally superior to everyone else, that they support “family values” when in fact they’re just as craven as anyone in Hollywood or the other bugaboos.

    They also promote the lie that gay marriage is a threat to het marriage, when, in fact, it is adultery that destroys marriages, not the commitment of two guys or two gals for each other. (Not to mention the fact — for people who believe such nonsense — that adultery is prohibited in the 10 commandments and being gay is not.)

    These Republicans are slimier by a factor of 1 million times than Clinton or any Democrat because they’re pretending to be something they are not in order to hoodwink intellectually stunted people into voting for them.

  • FLORA
    July 31, 2008 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    I WAS MARRIED TO A GOP POLITICIAN WHO GOT THROWN OUT OF HIS LAST RACE FOR BEING CAUGHT ON CAMERA WITH A CONSTITUENT’S WIFE. I STILL ONLY VOTE REPO THOUGH. THE WORST REPUBLICAN IS BETTER THAN THE BEST MARXIST/DEMOCRAT.

  • FLORA
    July 31, 2008 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    A POINT I MEANT TO MAKE IS THAT THE GOP USUALLY DOES GET RID OF ITS SERIAL FORNICATORS, ADULTORERS AND PEDOPHILES……THE DEMS, AS MENTIONED ABOVE, MAKE LITTLE MARTYRS OF THEM. THE REPOS ARE HYPOCRITES BUT WE PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE DEMS.

  • Steve
    February 16, 2009 - 7:49 pm | Permalink

    YOU R EXACTLY WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY. yOU ARE FRICKEN IDIOTS AND WHAT YOU ACCUSE REP. OF BEING ARE EXACTLY WHAT YOU FAR LEFT KOOL AID DINKING IDIOTS ARE…

  • June 10, 2010 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Yes it is. Think about it.

  • Fiona Mackenzie
    April 12, 2012 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget Ensign, the senator who employed his “best friends” (husband and wife), forced the wife to continue an affair she wanted to end, ultimately fired both of them, illegally made the husband into a lobbyist immediately without the waiting period, bribed them with $96,000 (a pittance) and a new house to keep quiet about the affair, and walked about the Senate clothed in his “Brotherhood” godly religious wonderfulness while Republicans never even mentioned the possibility of his leaving. Finally he had to go, but only because of breaking finance rules; all the rest of this was fine with the Republican party and the fundamentalist religion tearing at the fabric of the American government.

  • Fiona Mackenzie
    April 12, 2012 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    The difference is that the Republicans are constantly digging for some irrelevant piece of dirt they can use to bring down a Democratic official, while the Dems allow the most egregious, evil crap in the GOP camp to continue–but help the GOP by busting their own people (like Anthony Weiner) and allowing Americans to believe that having an almost-sex encounter with a scheming woman in a back corridor is an impeachable offense while pursuing and harassing teen-aged congressional aids is not.

  • Fiona Mackenzie
    April 12, 2012 - 1:22 pm | Permalink

    You, Flora, need to checks the stats. You have reality just backward.

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  • Joy
    October 4, 2016 - 10:51 am | Permalink

    And once again the point goes over their heads… ya’all must suffer severely from Athlete’s scalp.

    It isn’t adultery that is the problem.

    It the hypocrisy of professing the sanctity of marriage while committing it that makes these jerks such a-holes. That and the fact that they don’t just commit adultery – they treat the men and women they commit it with like dirt – while accusing others and calling them names for doing what they themselves are doing.

    The fact that ya’all can’t see that is hypocrisy and not adultery is the issue indicates a substantial amount of cognitive dissonance (look it up).

    No one said Dems are exempt. They just have the grace to admit imperfection and tolerance – and BTW…

    PLEASE – do not equate the Clintons with liberals/progressives. They are in no way any such thing.

    BTW (again) Flora – take your freaking cap lock off. It’s yelling – which only makes you look like a fanatic. Your GOP was thrown out because he was caught on camera – not because he committed adultery. If the GOP was serious about punishing those who don’t hold the “high standard” of what ya’all preach – then Gingrich wouldn’t have had a leg to stand on last election and look at the current candidate. How many Republicans get their views straight from O’Reilly and Limbaugh (who “slut” shames any woman with a backbone). Every one of these guys are not just adulterers but serial adulterers.

    Talk about drinking the Kool-aid.

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