Biggest political scandals


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A photo of Chris Christie from a 1983 issue of The Review.

America and political scandals go hand in hand. It’s an unfortunate inevitability. When a politician is found in an egregious scandal, the nation collectively sighs, choosing disappointment over anger. These politicians often stay in office or even worse –– they are reelected. Here are some of the “best” political scandals of 2014.

Veterans Affairs scandal. It’s troublesome enough that the United States has abysmal health care across the board. But when it was revealed veterans were kept on unofficial waitlists at hospitals, Americans were rightfully angry. Eric Shinseki, head of Veterans Affairs, resigned, but does a resignation alone solve the systemic issues at hand?

Fort Lee Lane closures. The year started off with a scandal falling on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after it was found his aides shut down two lanes on the George Washington Bridge well, just because. This political scandal’s lack of consequence surprised me the most. As much as most Americans hate traffic jams, you would have thought widespread demands for resignations would have been the consequence. In emails exchanged between Christie’s staff, it was found that the lanes for Fort Lee, N.J. were closed because the town’s mayor did not endorse Christie. Christie denies involvement, and despite the possible abuse of power, he is still a contender in the 2016 presidential race.

Michael Grimm under federal investigation. It was found in January that New York Rep. Michael Grimm (R.-N.Y.) was being federally investigated for possible illegal campaign donations. Even more, Grimm was indicted in April for hiding millions of dollars made at a previous business from the government. Adding to the scandal, Grimm threatened to throw a reporter from a balcony in the U.S. Capitol Building. Despite the mounting scandals, Grimm was re-elected Nov. 4.

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