It was a banner year for bad bedroom behavior by politicians. Whether they were caught sending x-rated videos to their mistresses, hooking up with guys other than their wives in their offices, sharing bisexual porn on their Twitter pages, or being caught offering minors cash for “sexual stuff,” our nation’s elected officials never ceased to amaze us with their lurid acts of perversion.
Let’s take a peek back at this year’s wackiest and wildest political sex scandals…
Naughty photos, sexts, and a masturbation video featuring antigay GOP Texas Congressman Joe Barton found their way onto Twitter. The x-rated content was leaked by a woman who had an affair with the 68-year-old lawmaker while he was still married to his second wife. In response, Barton issued a statement saying that he was a victim of revenge porn, then he ordered Capital Police to investigate the matter.
The married “family values” Republican from Ohio found himself in a rather precarious situation when he was allegedly caught having sex with a man in his office. Shortly after that, creepy screenshots of sexually explicit conversations he had with other men began making their rounds online, followed by reports that he once fondled a teen boy at a 2015 fundraiser for the antigay Council for National Policy. After those stories broke, Goodman resigned from office and promptly went into hiding, where he remains still.
The God-fearing, gay-hating senator for Texas slipped up on 9/11 when he “accidentally” liked a bisexual adult film on Twitter featuring a “cheating mom” doing nasty things with her stepdaughter and a man. It took 40 minutes for Cruz to unlike the video and go into damage control. He blamed the whole snafu on a staffer before telling CNN’s Dana Bash, “Consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want in their bedrooms.”
The openly gay former mayor of Portland, Oregon was accused of sexually harassing his former executive assistant. Cevero Gonzalez worked for Adams from 2008 to 2012. In November, he came forward to claim that during that time, Adams frequently made obscene gestures, exposed his genitalia, and spoke in graphic detail about his sexual exploits. Adams, who has previously been exposed for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old intern, denied the allegations.
The antigay, anti-choice congressman from Pennsylvania was busted for urging his mistress to abort their lovechild. Leaked text messages between the 65-year-old lawmaker and his 32-year-old mistress showed the lovers arguing over her suspected pregnancy. After the leak, Murphy, who has a 0% rating from the HRC and opposes any and all LGBTQ rights, admitted to cheating on his wife and resigned from office. Meanwhile, the mistress ended up not being pregnant. Whomp, whomp.
OK, this one isn’t so much a sex scandal as it is a sex freakout… We’ll never forget the public meltdown this homophobic GOP lawmaker from Pennsylvania had when his heterosexual colleague, Rep. Matt Bradford, casually touched his arm. “Representative Bradford, look, I’m a heterosexual. I have a wife. I love my wife. I don’t like men, as you might,” Metcalfe screamed. “Don’t! Stop touching me all the time! It’s like, keep your hands to yourself! Like, if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it! I don’t!”
The two-term DeKalb County, Georgia sheriff, who was first elected to his post in 2014, was busted in a police sting operation. The 54-year-old law officer was charged with indecency and obstruction of an officer after being caught masturbating in a public park and then fleeing the scene. He pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.
The former GOP state Senator from Oklahoma resigned in disgrace in March after being caught redhanded with a 17-year-old boy in a Super 8 motel room. It was later revealed that the married father of four had offered the kid cash for “sexual stuff.” Police also uncovered text messages between Shortey and the teen, who he called “baby boy,” referencing bareback sex. Then in December, police body cam footage of Shortey being busted was released. Shortey pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking and now faces between 10 years to life in prison.