The Map of Shame
A guided tour of Washington's sex-scandal locales.
Read more of Slate's coverage of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal.
Eliot Spitzer's adventure as "Client-9" at Washington's Mayflower Hotel was only the latest in a long line of sexual indiscretions committed in Washington by the political elite. Double-click on the map's landscape below to zoom in, and double-right-click to zoom out. Click on the headshots to read about other politicos ensnared by the city's favorite temptation.
President Bill Clinton, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
In 1995, Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky began to have sexual relations in the Oval Office, infamously recorded on that blue dress. The affair eventually led to Clinton's impeachment and censure.
Rep. Gary Condit, 2600 block of Adams Mill Road NW
Condit still denies that he had an affair with intern Chandra Levy, who went missing in 2001 and was found dead in 2002. Levy's mother says Levy told her she was having an affair with Condit. Condit avoided direct questions about the affair, but passed a lie-detector test in which he denied knowing any details about her disappearance.
Rep. Mark Foley, 137 D St. SE
Foley admitted to sending sexually explicit instant messages to congressional pages and resigned from the House in 2006. Foley was said to have told one page that he was "well hung." Multiple pages claim that Foley had sex with them in his home but that he waited until they turned 18.
Rep. Barney Frank, 8th Street SE *
Frank's personal assistant, Stephen Gobie, was charged with a felony for running a prostitution business out of Frank's apartment. After the charges were made public, Frank disclosed that he had paid Gobie for sex in the past. * In 1990, he was reprimanded by the House for abetting the dismissal of Gobie's parking tickets but was cleared of more serious sex-related allegations.
Rep. Newt Gingrich, Rayburn House Office Building
While House Speaker Gingrich was denouncing Bill Clinton for his affair with Lewinsky, he was himself conducting an affair with Callista Bisek, a congressional aide. Eventually Gingrich divorced his wife and married Bisek.
Sen. Gary Hart, 517 Sixth St. SE
Immediately after announcing his 1988 bid for the presidency, Hart was besieged by rumors that he was having extramarital affairs. Eventually, Miami Herald reporters staked out Hart's residence and caught Donna Rice going in and emerging the next morning. The revelation killed Hart's chances of winning the Democratic nomination and ended his political career.
Rep. Wayne Hays, Longworth House Office Building
In 1976, the Washington Post broke the story that Hays' office clerk, Elisabeth Ray, was actually his mistress in disguise. Hays denied the story for two days, then finally admitted to the affair, but he continued to deny that Ray was hired purely for her sexual prowess. Meanwhile, Ray told the Post, "I can't type, I can't file, I can't even answer the phone."
Rep. John Jenrette, steps of the U.S. Capitol
Jenrette and his wife, Rita, had sex on the Capitol steps, giving new meaning to the word filibuster.
Sen. Ted Kennedy (featuring Chris Dodd), La Brasserie, 239 Massachusetts Ave. NE
In 1985, Kennedy straddled a waitress who was sitting on Dodd's lap, rubbing his crotch against hers. Two years later, he came back for seconds: A different waitress walked in on Kennedy and a lobbyist having sex in a private room upstairs.