John Kitzhaber, the man who has been the governor of Oregon for most of the last 20 years, resigned amid allegations that his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, is accused of using her connection to the governor to drum up numerous lucrative jobs for herself. I hesitate slightly to call this a political "sex scandal" because Kitzhaber and Hayes have been a public couple for 12 years and she serves as the state's unpaid first lady. But it still seems like another case of a very popular elected official falling from grace because of his romantic involvement with the wrong woman.
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The accusations against Hayes and Kitzhaber's lack of desire to do anything about her behavior became so numerous that Hayes had hire a criminal defense attorney earlier this week. Then, the state's leading newspapers and most of Kitzhaber's fellow Democrats started to demand he step down. Political support for the now ex-Governor is nowhere to be found.
Maybe that's because this is the kind of scandal that would bring any of us down had we done the same thing, even in the private sector.
Imagine if we brought our spouses or lovers into our offices and expected our colleagues to help them get nice jobs and contracts?
Okay, I know that probably happens a lot. But think what would happen if our bosses or shareholders found out about it! Most of us would not likely survive.
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Here's a look at five of the top political sex scandals in recent history and whether or not they were career-ending scandals: