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The 21st Century may be the century of graft and corruption for the Republican Party, but it has a long way to go to catch up with the Democratic BadBoys from the 20th and 19th Centuries.
Who's ahead--Democrats or Republicans? The usual caricature is that Republicans are only interested in stealing money and Democrats are content with sex. Well, let's see. Here's the score card for Congressional Bad Boys. This represents the BadBoys since 1975, those that have their own page on this website (plus a couple more).
Looking at the House Ethics Committee historical list, you'll find that there were 68 Democrats and 34 Republicans, from 1856 through 2004 who were caught up in questionable activity. (Note, the list starts keeping tabs of Democrats versus Republicans in the mid 1850s, once the Republican party was formed. Click here to see beginning of the tally). So, from the House Ethics Committee historical list, the Democrats maintained a healthy two-to-one lead.
A number of the BadBoys listed here and throughout the website are on the House Ethics Committee list, but a surprising number never appeared there or in the Senate Ethics Committee (which does not have an online list). (But check out the punishments given to Senators and Representatives).
The numbers in the table below reflect BadBoys who are highlighted on this website, those who have gotten in trouble since 1975. A couple are mentioned twice, with the second mention in parentheses.
Extracurricular Activities Democrats Republicans Ended up in Jail/Penitentiary
(usually bribery, scams, other forms of greed)
Subtotals: Dems: 28; Rep: 7
Subtotals: Dems: 13; Rep: 5
Probation or House Arrest
Subtotals: Dems: 3; Rep: 2
Drunk, Driving too Fast, Acting Crazy
Subtotals: Dems: 0; Rep: 0
Sex with Teenagers
Subtotals: Dems: 2; Rep: 3
Miscellaneous BadBoy Activities
Subtotals: Dems: 9; Rep:
Subtotals: Dems: 3; Rep: 1