The Real Threat to Marriage: Top 10 GOP Adulterers

Ten Commandments

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!


  • Sean Gregory
    June 6, 2006 - 8:39 am | Permalink is now also reporting that Dubya had and continues to have a homosexual relationship with one Victor Ashe (the current ambassador to Poland). The report comes from Leola McConnell a former professional dominatrix who is now running for gov of Nevada. she claims a certain website has been offering this info for nearly 2 years. This was also reported on the Randi Rhodes show 6/5/06. If this is true it makes Dubya a huge hypocrite. Where are the mainstream media who tried to crucify Bill Clinton for his indiscretion?

  • Virginia Altobello
    June 6, 2006 - 8:50 am | Permalink

    The mainstream news media, print and TV, are studiously ignoring the President’s screwing around with his Secy of State. If true, they should all be ashamed of the hypocrisy in this government. Bring back gonzo journalists!

  • Amy
    June 6, 2006 - 8:51 am | Permalink

    What about that Republican homophobe, Spokane Washington Mayor Jim West and Philip Giordano, the former Republican mayor of Waterbury Connecticut?

    Another good source:
    Extreme hypocrisy: The sex lives of Republicans

  • Amy
    June 6, 2006 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    Oh, and what about Duke Cunningham and those prostitute/poker parties??

    I have to stop now, I could spend all day posting names of repuke hypocrites…

  • tec
    June 6, 2006 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    What about Porter Goss (married) and all those poker parties with prostitutes. And the Dukestir (also married). He had a separate line item for prostitutes on his quid pro quo menu.

  • Audrey
    June 6, 2006 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    I googled REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN SEX SCANDALS and got 2,140,000 results!!

  • bobby johnson
    June 6, 2006 - 9:11 am | Permalink

    damn this is the best site i`ve in a while.doesn`t george`s abortion have anymore legs?

  • bobby johnson
    June 6, 2006 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    what about ralph reed,certainly money hypocricy,but theres talk of him being in the closet.

  • June 6, 2006 - 9:27 am | Permalink

    All those pietistic white males who currently protrest so loudly against gays should be forced to swear to their own eroto-purity by using the beyond-comic ancient Hebrew sacred gesture whereby veracity is confirmed: holding each other by the balls (the King James Bible uses the euphemism “put your hand under my thigh”). The ol’ Jewish deep-desert testicle-clutch gives us our now legalistic rhetoric of, e.g., to “tesify,” to “attest,” & to offer “testimony,” among other superannuated absurdities. Even ignoring the barbarism of circumcision, clearly, for a deity that seemingly opposes homosexual activities, “Old Nobodaddy” YHWH certainly has long sustained a rather heated fascination with male organs of generation.

  • judy
    June 6, 2006 - 9:29 am | Permalink

    Why not send out these websites and let Pensito Review readers decide for themselves?
    Disclosure of George W. Bush’s adulterous bisexual behavior will only happen if the American public demand answers. Contact your local news organizations demanding that this truth be revealed and not go the way of his Texas Air National Guard records.

  • Larry Weiler
    June 6, 2006 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    Don’t forget Dan Burton, R Indiana, who had a son out of wedlock.

  • Candy
    June 6, 2006 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    And where is the list of Democrats? Last time I checked, they were “human”, too. Let’s look into the Kennedy family’s closet…

  • cjc
    June 6, 2006 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    It’s not the behavior that’s appalling – surely there’s enough dirt to spread around everywhere – but the unforgiveable hypocrisy.

    On abortion – yes, make all the right-to-lifers, abortion restricters, sanctimonious political grandstanders against women’s reproductive freedom publicly confirm they’ve never had anything to do with abortion for any woman in or out of their family.
    We may not know who’s lying, but somebody will. Maybe a few will squirm.
    After all, doesn’t “not bearing false witness” mean no lying?

  • June 6, 2006 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    Please check out this web site for more “goodies” on these sleaze bags!

  • nellieh
    June 6, 2006 - 10:13 am | Permalink

    I kept waiting for the claim one of GW’s friends alegedly took a girl he (GW) impregnated for an abortion in Houston. She suposedly married or is married to an FBI agent. Bobby Johnson was the first nod to it. I’m also waiting for the Times to report on Condi and GW because they used the Globe for their info on the Clintons.

  • Michael
    June 6, 2006 - 10:27 am | Permalink

    Let’s put them all up there!

    Christ, of all the problems this country and this world face, we’re debating marriage amendments of any sort, occupying our time by pointing out flaws in our ‘leaders’?

    By god, this is our country and we need to take it back. We need to challenge hypocrisy wherever we see it, regardless of affiliation. We need to point out that it’s not just the emperor who has no clothes. Bush could not get away with a lot of his crap without being enabled by Congress; that Republican led Congress could not get away with their crap without being enabled by spineless Democratic members. We have created a hypocritical ruling class who cater to the cattle by espousing mythical values that they clearly don’t endorse through their lifestyles. Put them all up there, Republican and Democrat, liberal and neo-con, progressive, independent, and libertarian.

    It’s time for change. It’s time to ask them, what have you done for this country lately?

    Put them all up there. Let them account for themselves.

  • Maezeppa
    June 6, 2006 - 10:32 am | Permalink

    The weird thing about GHWB’s paramour is that she’s every bit the battle-axe that Bar is.

  • eclaire
    June 6, 2006 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    Including Bauer in this list was to do the man a campaign favor; no doubt he and his operatives cooked up this scandal to give him the appearance of being “manly,” which is all so important in the Republican party. Your describing Bauer as looking like a cross between a gay grinch and Mr. Bean demonstrates his need for manly props…in this case, a “hot 26-year old blonde.”

  • Madison
    June 6, 2006 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    Candy, the Democrats don’t wag their moralizing fingers at everyone else about their behavior. The holier than thou bit is strictly a GOP thing. It’s obvious that you are a Republican because you are obtuse about hypocrisy. The charge here is not that they are adulterers but rather that they are hypocrites. Even this is biblical — ye who is without sin cast the first stone. Your leaders throw stones at everyone and yet they are just as guilty, just as human, as the rest of us.

  • Editor
    June 6, 2006 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    Looks like the dems will have to introduce an amendment to ban adultery; punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Watch the republicans scurry on that one….

  • Tony
    June 6, 2006 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    You forgot that paragon of corporatism Jack Welch.

  • fred
    June 6, 2006 - 11:35 am | Permalink

    Roy Blunt, successor to Tom DeLay, defended marriage by leaving his longtime wife for a tobacco lobbyist.

  • OhMy
    June 6, 2006 - 11:55 am | Permalink

    In the winter of 1971 George W. Bush was dating a woman named Robin Lowman (now Robin Garner). Miss Lowman became pregnant by Smirk and he arranged for her to have an abortion – which in Texas in 1971 was illegal! Not to mention that George W. is running as a pro-life candidate for the presidency.
    The unnamed source of this story, was a friend of Robin Lowman’s and the girlfriend of the man who arranged the abortion. His name is Robert Carl Chandler. Chandler is a Bush friend and supporter from way back and he made the arrangements for Miss Lowman’s abortion at the Twelve Oaks Hospital in Houston, TX (now the Bayou City Medical Center). The source overheard the call by Mr. Chandler to arrange the abortion and the source visited Robin Lowman at the Twelve Oaks Hospital after the procedure.

    The source meanwhile, is afraid of coming forward, saying that she was threatened by Chandler and another Bush friend and supporter named Jim Bath. Bath has longstanding intelligence connections, and played a role in the BCCI scandal. Robin Lowman (now Garner) is married to Jerry Lee Garner who is an FBI agent.

  • Chris
    June 6, 2006 - 11:57 am | Permalink

    Although she is no longer in Congress, Helen Chenoweth-Hage deserves special consideration for her 6 year affair with her very married business partner, Vernon Ravenscroft, because of the timing. In between attacks on Clinton, she was logging quality time with VR..

    Chenoweth distinguished her affair from Clinton’s by expaining that she didn’t lie about hers–despite having denied (on tape) the affair 3 years prior.

  • T
    June 6, 2006 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    How about:
    Lee Atwater-mistress
    Mary Bono/Connie Mack
    Bill Paxson(what was his tie to Brit Hume)
    Neil Bush-mistresses
    Chuck Hagel-sexual harassment
    New Interior Secretary

    do you want more?

  • June 6, 2006 - 12:59 pm | Permalink

    John Fund, a worshipper of Grover Norquist, and a a very weird guy, was said to have beat the crap out of Ms. Pillsbury by, none other than, her father. Fund is tightly wound to the point of pathological.

  • June 6, 2006 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

    John Spencer, the New York GOP’s choice to run against Hillary Clinton, has a very interesting past. Details here.

  • Jon Rynning
    June 6, 2006 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Tim Hutchinson: Bob Jones University grad, fundamentalist pastor, Clinton hater, one term Senator from Arkansas who divorced his wife of 29 years to marry a Senate aide.

  • Ron
    June 6, 2006 - 1:38 pm | Permalink

    what about the rumors that Karl Rove is homosexual, and who can forget good old whitehouse friend Jeff Gannon,aka James Guckert! check out bohemian grove for more homosexual rumors.

  • Dont Touch
    June 6, 2006 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Sex with a mule? I thought I had heard everything. Guess these “guys” are not above playing with ANYONE’S ass!

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