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Scandals in Washington, DC

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Scandals in Washington, DC

U.S. Capitol.

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Washington, DC is as well known for its power politics as it is for its pernicious peccadilloes. Many locations in DC have had their own 15-minutes of fame thanks to the politicians who decided to carry out their scandalous actions on the historical premises of some of the most well-known landmarks in the nation's capital.

  • The Watergate Hotel and Complex (1 Virginia Ave, NW). This site, located just across the street from the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, gained notoriety when a committee to re-elect President Nixon orchestrated the 1972 break-in and burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Tapes later revealed that Nixon tried to cover-up the break-in which ultimately led to Nixon's resignation. The Watergate would also become a place for photogs to hang-out when its resident and White House intern Monica Lewinsky found herself in a sex scandal involving President Clinton.

  • The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave). The White House is filled with many a scandal as well. Monica Lewinsky testified as to having improper relations with then President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. President John F. Kennedy is said to have smuggled Marilyn Monroe in and out of the White House through secret tunnels; and in a BBC special entitled "Sex and the White House" Warren Harding is purported to have had relations with Nan Britton in a White House broom closet.

  • Mayflower Hotel (1127 Connecticut Ave, NW). The Mayflower Hotel, often called the Grand Dame of Washington, has a long history of political trysts. President Kennedy's maybe mistress Judith Campbell Exner called the Mayflower home; Monica Lewinsky stayed here trying to avoid the cameras, or maybe be more readily accessible for them, when her affair with President Clinton hit the wires and most recently Eliot Spitzer brought fame to room 871 where Spitzer is said to have met with a high-priced call girl.

  • Jefferson Hotel (1200 16th St, NW). Thanks to President Clinton's political strategist Dick Morris, the Jefferson Hotel was pushed into the spotlight as the site of Morris's reported romps with a prostitute and the place where he allowed her to listen in on his conversations with the then president.

  • The U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Capitol has certainly seen its fair share of sex scandals including the Internet scandal sparked by Senator Dewine's staffer Jessica Cutler's play-by-play of her sexcapades detailed on her Washingtonniene blog. But before Cutler Congressman John Jenrette (D-SC) brought fame to the Capitol steps when he is said to have had sex with wife, Rita Jenrette, behind a pillar on the steps of the Capitol Building.

  • The Tidal Basin. As you are gazing at those beautiful pink and white cherry blossoms, that surround the Tidal Basin, you might want to consider that it was here that the once powerful Democratic Congressman Wilbur Mills from Arkansas who chaired the House Ways and Means Committee was pulled over for drunk driving with stripper Fannie Fox. Fox tried to flee the scene and took a plunge into the Tidal Basin. Thus ended the career of Mills and boosted Fox as one of DC's most famous mistresses earning her the moniker "The Tidal Basin Bombshell."
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