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Surviving a Scandal: Politicians Who Bounced Back

By Michael Tackett And Emma Fidel - 2013-07-08T20:57:46Z

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Gary Hart

The most high-profile flameout of the last half-century might well be Gary Hart, the U.S. Senator from Colorado. Hart was considered the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 until a reporter caught him aboard a yacht named “Monkey Business” with a woman who was not his wife. Hart’s comeback attempts failed.

Left: Gary Hart announces his withdrawal from the presidential race, in Denver, on May 8, 1987.