Revelations of an extramarital affair ended the political career of David Petraeus, who resigned as CIA director Nov. 9. But sex scandals are not necessarily fatal to political ambition. Against all odds, some politicians survive them. How do they do it? Here’s a list of notable politicos whose careers continued in spite of their slips – and some who didn’t, and found themselves looking for work in the private sector.
David Petraeus resigned as the Central Intelligence Agency director on Nov. 9, 2012, immediately before news broke of his extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, an army reservist who wrote his biography, “All In: The Education of General Petraeus.”
The FBI linked Mr. Petraeus to Ms. Broadwell while investigating an e-mail harassment complaint against Broadwell made by Jill Kelley, a family friend of the retired four-star general. The investigation turned up explicit exchanges between Broadwell and Petraeus, who began their affair after he became CIA director in September 2011, a former Petraeus associated told the Associated Press.
Broadwell started her research for Petraeus’s biography in 2009, when he became the US Central Command chief, and she traveled with him in Afghanistan when he served as the US troops commander. Former Petraeus aides told the Washington Post that Broadwell's access to the general was "disconcerting."
Petraeus remains silent on the affair, except for a statement he sent to CIA employees on Friday.
“Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours,” he said.
– Allison Terry, correspondent
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