Skip to comments.New JFK hit by scandal
Posted on 02/12/2004 8:21:14 PM PST by new cruelty
A SEX scandal is threatening to sink John Kerrys bid for the US presidency.
Campaign sources revealed that a probe is underway into claims the Democrat front-runner had a relationship with a young girl aide.
Vietnam war hero Kerry, 60 dubbed the new JFK was on the verge of sealing the Democratic nomination to take on George Bush head to head in November.
But the revelation of the scandal on the Drudge Report website which broke President Bill Clintons affair with intern Monica Lewinsky has thrown the race open again.
The girl involved used to work for a news agency and recently fled the US amid rumours of an affair reportedly on Kerrys orders.
One of Kerrys former rivals for the Democratic nomination, General Wesley Clark, had stunned reporters earlier this week by saying in an off-the-record briefing: Kerry will implode over an intern issue.
The source of the story was said to be Clarks press chief Chris Lehane, who worked for Kerry before switching sides. Another Kerry rival, Howard Dean, has reversed his decision to quit the race because of the scandal.
Washington political analyst Craig Crawford said the relationship between Kerry and the intern was a reason why Al Gore shunned Kerry as a running mate in the 2000 election against Mr Bush.
Twice-married Kerry was believed to be relaxing with his wife Teresa, heiress with a £350million fortune, last night as his aides tried to deal with the crisis.
Affairs of presidents
EXTRA-marital affairs have a long tradition among occupants of the White House.
John F Kennedy is the most famous presidential philanderer. He had affairs with actresses Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Kim Novak and Angie Dickinson.
Bill Clinton was caught lying when he denied having sex with intern Monica Lewinsky. He was ridiculed when she gave details of their lovelife and Clinton narrowly avoided being thrown out.
Wartime president Franklin D Roosevelt was forced to abandon mistress Lucy Mercer after his wife Eleanor threatened divorce.
The third president Thomas Jefferson had a 40-year affair with slave Sally Hemings.
And Dwight Eisenhower had one with his secretary Kay Summersby.
Thrown out of what? The Oval Orifice? Everybody knew that was never going to happen. Come on!
Have a nice Valentine's Day, John, and don't forget to stop by the supermarket and get a nice mushy card and some roses. Maybe that will help.
In Europe, during the war.
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