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Thomas Beverley Evans, Jr.
The Honorable Tom Evans had a series of bad luck in 1981-1982. In November 1982, he lost a bid for re-election; two weeks later, his house burned down. His father died; a good friend died. Back up a few months, and that's when Evans was involved in a sex scandal with former lobbyist and Playboy model, Paula Parkinson.
Evans and his artist wife, Mary Page, drifted apart; his daughter said she hated him. Tom became a hotshot in the Republican party, a close supporter of Ronald Reagan, and his eyes and ears in the House.
The affair went on for 18 months, and Evans broke it off. Paula, meanwhile, was hurt and angry, and decided to go public, telling anyone who would listen that she and Evans were in love. She also began telling stories about the other BadBoys on Capitol Hill that were interested in her.
In the bitter congressional race, which he lost to the Honorable Tom Carper, all the stuff about Paula Parkinson was brought up and dragged through the mud. A friend of Evans called the congressional race the "dirtiest, rottenest campaign that ever existed in America."
Evans survived; became a high-priced lobbyist; the marriage survived too.
Sources: Stephanie Mansfield, "The Rise and Gall of Roger Stone," Washington Post, June 16, 1986, C1; Lois Romano, "Return from the Slough of Scandal," Washington Post, June 5, 1981, C1.