Politicians behaving badly

How much does an elected official's private behavior influence their performance in office? From John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton to Eliot Spitzer to Anthony Weiner, here's a look at the sexual transgressions of some high-powered politicians.

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U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivers a televised speech during the Cuban missile crisis, Oct. 24, 1962. (Getty Images)

Political sex scandals

In this file photo taken Oct. 31, 2011, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain answers questions at the National Press Club in Washington about sexual harassment allegations. Sharon Bialek, a Chicago-area woman, accused Cain on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, of making an unwanted sexual advance against her in 1997. Cain's campaign instantly issued a denial. "All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false," it said. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

FILE - In a Thursday, June 16, 2011 photo, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner announces his resignation from Congress, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Former New York state Rep. Weiner has returned to the forum that led to his political downfall in 2011, launching a new Twitter account. Weiner’s first post Monday, April 22, 2013 was decidedly not racy: a link to a 20-page policy statement outlining “64 Ideas to keep New York City the Capital of the Middle Class.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

FILE - In a Thursday, June 16, 2011 photo, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner announces his resignation from Congress, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Former New York state Rep. Weiner has returned to the forum that led to his political downfall in 2011, launching a new Twitter account. Weiner’s first post Monday, April 22, 2013 was decidedly not racy: a link to a 20-page policy statement outlining “64 Ideas to keep New York City the Capital of the Middle Class.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Political sex scandals

 Democratic presidential hopeful former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., right, and his wife Elizabeth arrive at a campaign rally in Ames, Iowa. Edwards on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, admitted to an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer. He denied fathering the woman's daughter.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The return of Eliot Spitzer

UNITED STATES - MARCH 12:  Governor Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation at his midtown office on Wednesday with his wife Silda Spitzer at his side. Spitzer resigned under pressure after the F.B.I. discovered he was a client of a high-class international prostitution ring.  (Photo by Robert Sabo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Political sex scandals

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) addresses the media with his wife, Suzanne, about his arrest and guilty plea for disorderly conduct in a Minnesota airport earlier this summer, in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, August 28, 2007. A government watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against Craig after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from complaints of lewd conduct in a men's bathroom. (Photo by Joe Jaszewski/Idaho Statesman/MCT via Getty Images)

Political sex scandals

Rep. Gary Condit leaves his Washington apartment on July 13, 2001. He was at home while police searched the apartment for evidence that might have a bearing on the disappearance of Chandra Levy.  (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Political sex scandals

President Bill Clinton shakes his finger as he denies improper behavior with Monica Lewinsky, in the White House Roosevelt Room. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman," Clinton said. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton stands by her man.(Photo By: Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

Political sex scandals

In this March 11, 1988, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart waves to supporters at a news conference in Denver, after announcing he would withdraw from the 1988 presidential race for the second time. At his side is his wife, Lee. Herman Cain drew a line in the sand, and now he has to hope it sets like concrete. Cain, a surprise leader in recent Republican presidential polls, has responded to allegations of sexual harassment with a series of definitive statements that invite closer scrutiny of his past conduct. Any number of politicians past were derailed after issuing a public invitation to check out their conduct, none more famously than Hart. (AP Photo/Aaron E. Tomlinson, File)

Political sex scandals

 Mimi Alford, the former White House intern who says she had an affair with President John F. Kennedy appeared today on "The View." "The View" airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)

Political sex scandals

The US-american president Warren Gamaliel Hardingwith his wife during a horse show. Photograph. About 1922. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

Political sex scandals

Grover Cleveland (1837-1908). the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, seated with a child on his knee, circa 1890. Cleveland is the only US President to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885?1889 and 1893?1897). (Photo by Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images)

Political sex scandals

circa 1780: Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), the 3rd President of the United States of America. Born in Virginia, he drafted the Declaration of Independence, signed 4th July, 1776. Original Artwork: Engraving by A B Hall of New York (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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