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(truTV)   Your state's most disgraceful politician. Hawaii and Vermont get off easy, much like the former Governor of Arkansas   (trutv.com) divider line 129
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2013-02-06 02:39:24 PM
OK, so Bill was morally reprehensible for philandering, but he was an excellent governor in terms of running the state. By way of comparison, Mike Huckabee screwed over state employees by slash health insurance benefits and either declined to give COLA and performance bonuses in the same fiscal period. And unlike some states, your workaday Arkansas state government employee is grossly underpaid compared to a private industry counterpart (even counting future pension benefits). All while running a budget surplus. THAT is disgraceful on a totally different level.

/full disclosure: Arkansas state government worker
 
2013-02-06 03:39:16 PM
The corrupt judges taking kickbacks from for-profit juvenile offenders was pretty bad, but I can probably think of far worse here in PA.  Jack "I'm not going to take this bribe now, because I don't really know you" Murtha used to be my congresscritter.  LOLABSCAM
 
2013-02-06 03:51:46 PM
That wasn't even Spitzer's worst scandal - the guy was using troopers to spy on his political enemies, too. But the biggest sleaze in New York is the prick next to Spitzer in this pic.

assets.nydailynews.com
 
2013-02-06 04:40:05 PM
Oh, come on. You guys can do better than that for Louisiana.
 
2013-02-06 05:02:03 PM
Charlie Brown. Denver. Turd needs flushed.
 
2013-02-06 05:03:26 PM
Did they forget about Vince Foster?
 
2013-02-06 05:04:11 PM
Illinois should have been a tie between our two most recent former Governors.
 
2013-02-06 05:04:22 PM
Connecticut has some good ones, but I think the cake goes to Philip Giordano, the former mayor of Waterbury. He was arrested by the FBI for having sex with 2 children in the Mayor's office.
 
2013-02-06 05:13:09 PM
A closeted gay getting caught picked over Spiro T. Agnew?
This list is lame.
 
2013-02-06 05:15:39 PM
Hagel? Really??
 
2013-02-06 05:16:45 PM
www.biography.comdisastersurvivaltools.com

Never met transportation bill he liked (even vetoed one that would have prevented the collapse) and appointed partisan hacks to the transportation department. 13 dead, 145 injured, all so he could launch a pathetically ill-fated presidential bid on the claim he never raised taxes.
 
2013-02-06 05:16:54 PM
Chuck Robb for Virginia? Seriously? We've got the AG Ken Cuccinelli and State Del. Bob Marshall trashing the state, and all they could dredge up was a minorly shocking sex scandal from 20 years ago.
 
2013-02-06 05:17:00 PM
50 Politicians who screwed over their state

Being an adulterer does not in and of itself screw over your state. If it ain't corruption, it shouldn't be on the list.
 
2013-02-06 05:17:06 PM
It is kind of annoying how it is a scandal that someone was just accused of doing something.
 
2013-02-06 05:17:34 PM
Is author completely void of US history? LBJ's biggest scandal wasn't the stock fraud scheme, it was blatant election rigging in the 1948 primary.

Not to mention Viet-farking-nam.

And he killed our Kennedy.

And picking dogs up by their ears!

What a dick.
 
2013-02-06 05:18:01 PM

Philip Francis Queeg: Illinois should have been a tie between our two most recent former Governors.


Came to say this. So... this.

Actually, calling Blagojevich "disgraceful" is not quite right. "Pathetic" and "buffoonish" would be closer. He's not some diabolical mastermind of corruption... he's Michael Scott from The Office.
 
2013-02-06 05:18:22 PM
ND's reads like some guy who just went on a week-long bender in the middle of his career.
 
2013-02-06 05:18:29 PM
No Joe Mcarthy?  Have you sense of decency, trutv?
 
2013-02-06 05:19:53 PM
My state is spoiled for choice.
 
2013-02-06 05:21:08 PM
How is complaining about the Jewish lobby screwing over Nebraska? Or truther "allegations" against Obama screwing over Hawaii? Or, even worse, claiming UFOs are real, screwing over New Mexico?

OTOH, how did they EVER decide the winner for Louisiana? Dollar Bill Jefferson and Ray Nagin deserve special mentions. And Jim Gibbons (NV) too.
 
2013-02-06 05:21:59 PM
Georgia really doesn't have a contend- oh. Yeah.
 
2013-02-06 05:24:05 PM
Wow I had no idea Dan Quayle was accused of having Parkinson. Was that publicity the catalyst for HIPPA?
 
2013-02-06 05:25:30 PM
Iowa scandals are about as bland as the state.  Politician gets drunk at a bachelors party....  OMG hide the kids.
 
2013-02-06 05:29:57 PM
Man they went with Blagojavoich, talk about low hanging fruit. What about Ryan, Kerner, Walker,  Rostenkowski, or Reynolds?
 
2013-02-06 05:30:52 PM
Don't blame me

/I voted for Gary Coleman
 
2013-02-06 05:31:02 PM

Philip Francis Queeg: Illinois should have been a tie between our two most recent former Governors.


Those two? The only reason they went to jail is because they were arrogantly incompetent. Compared to some of our politicians past and present they are pikers.
 
2013-02-06 05:33:56 PM
I really thought Illinois could have gone about 40 ways - Blago was an easy choice, but maybe not the best
 
2013-02-06 05:36:40 PM

Rindred: OK, so Bill was morally reprehensible for philandering, but he was an excellent governor in terms of running the state.


I was hoping that they would mention the Mena connection to the Iran Contra scandal (Pops). If you're into stories of political intrigue, this documentary is worth watching if you've got a free hour.
 
2013-02-06 05:38:11 PM
I was expecting to see this guy represent Maryland's corruption:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-06 05:38:16 PM
Um, hello Climate Change is a Hoax Jim Inhofe, but instead we get Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas for Oklahoma?
 
2013-02-06 05:38:24 PM
indiana has had a governor that was a grand dragon, and convicted of rape and murder.

they go with a deputy attorney general with moronic tweets.

this list is dildos.
 
2013-02-06 05:40:07 PM

Slaves2Darkness: Man they went with Blagojavoich, talk about low hanging fruit. What about Ryan, Kerner, Walker,  Rostenkowski, or Reynolds?


What about shoebox Powell?
 
2013-02-06 05:42:15 PM

Rindred: OK, so Bill was morally reprehensible for philandering,

FTA:

Former Arkansas Governor and President Bill Clinton has been involved in numerous alleged scandals. Clinton admitted a sexual encounter with model Gennifer Flowers, as well as an "improper physical relationship" with intern Monica Lewinski. Right-wingers in Arkansas were furious over Troopergate, a term coined after an expose by David Brooks that claimed two state troopers had arranged Clinton's sexual liaisons while on the clock. Brooks has since apologized for "bad journalism," saying the whole scandal was politically-motivated b.s.

In other words, the scandal was revealed to be b.s., but somehow this was Clinton "doing it" to the citizens of his state.  Makes sense.
 
2013-02-06 05:42:55 PM
Seriously, history fail on the part of the list compiler.

For Maryland, they chose a closeted gay Republican (what a shock) over Spiro Agnew. The same Spiro Agnew who was forced to resign from being Vice President of the farking United States because of corruption allegations that arose from his time in Maryland. I feel like losing the Veep spot due to corruption charges is a bit of a bigger deal than a House of Reps spot lost 'cause a republican was in the closet. Call me crazy.
 
2013-02-06 05:49:57 PM
They put McGreevey in for New Jersey with Senator KiddyRape out there?
 
2013-02-06 05:50:44 PM
The Nebraska entry was Chuck Hagel, for saying some unkind things about Israel? For fark's sake, our Lt. Gov. just resigned because of a sex scandal. The flyover states on this list were clearly half-assed.
 
2013-02-06 05:51:47 PM
<i>James West, the former Mayor of Spokane, Washington, had a strong record of supporting so-called anti-gay legislation. It therefore came as a surprise no surprise whatsoever when allegations surfaced that he had molested boys when a Boy Scoutmaster.  </i>

FTFY
 
2013-02-06 05:52:26 PM
And...html fail.  Oh well.
 
2013-02-06 05:54:46 PM
History's Greatest Monster!
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-06 05:56:47 PM
Finally something I, as a Nevadan, can be proud of - the most disgraceful politician from my state died over 100 years ago.
 
2013-02-06 05:57:27 PM
Texas...all of them here disgrace us.
 
2013-02-06 05:57:46 PM
Arkansas had it great with Clinton. Huckabee,was/is a constant embarrassment.
 
2013-02-06 05:57:54 PM

Rann Xerox: I was expecting to see this guy represent Maryland's corruption:


shiat
 
2013-02-06 05:58:10 PM
I have to admit, Schwarzenegger was pretty disgraceful, but the most disgraceful from CA?  Did they forget a fellow named, oh I don't know, Richard Nixon?
 
2013-02-06 05:59:16 PM

Eatin' Queer Fetuses for Jesus: Rann Xerox: I was expecting to see this guy represent Maryland's corruption:

shiat


Dammit... Major fail on my part.
 
2013-02-06 06:03:39 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: The Nebraska entry was Chuck Hagel, for saying some unkind things about Israel? For fark's sake, our Lt. Gov. just resigned because of a sex scandal. The flyover states on this list were clearly half-assed.


Probably a "sponsored link." Possibly the entire idea behind the story in the first place.
 
2013-02-06 06:04:51 PM

Rann Xerox: I was expecting to see this guy represent Maryland's corruption:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 506x316]


Sheeeet.
 
2013-02-06 06:05:23 PM

nekom: The corrupt judges taking kickbacks from for-profit juvenile offenders was pretty bad, but I can probably think of far worse here in PA.  Jack "I'm not going to take this bribe now, because I don't really know you" Murtha used to be my congresscritter.  LOLABSCAM


I'd also put Vince "You can have whatever you want at a price" Fumo up there (my former state Senator, until they finally jailed his ass) and Tom Corbett, who is happily plundering our state for Republican money interests every chance he gets.
 
2013-02-06 06:05:37 PM

Shostie: Oh, come on. You guys can do better than that for Louisiana.


true. what surprised me is he got reelected. charlie was a good candidate and vitter is just plain sleazy.
 
2013-02-06 06:08:11 PM

g-clef: The same Spiro Agnew who was forced to resign from being Vice President of the farking United States because of corruption allegations that arose from his time in Maryland.


My favorite story: U Maryland got tasked with building the Agnew library after he died.  No one wants to contribute, but they found that in his papers, they'd gotten thousands of sign photos of the ex-VP.  So they've been selling them off at $25/pop to at least make a start at fund-raising.
 
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