Surviving a Scandal: Politicians Who Bounced Back

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

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Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich, who led the drive to impeach Clinton, resigned as the U.S. House speaker in 1998 after his own ethical troubles. He later acknowledged an extramarital affair with a congressional aide, who is now his third wife, Callista. 

When Gingrich sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, his ex-wife, Marianne, gave her first interview since the couple’s 1999 divorce, telling ABC News that he lacked the moral character to be president. Asked about the interview during a 2012 presidential debate, Gingrich said the question was “as close to despicable as anything I can imagine.” 

Left: Newt and Callista Gingrich on the campaign trail, in Florida, in 2012.