Politics

2016 GOP Contenders And Their Biggest Scandals To Date

No one’s perfect.

1. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

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Biggest Scandal: George Washington Bridge closures

Christie’s staffers coordinated in the closing of the GW Bridge in September, causing major delays.

How it turned out: We’ll see.

After an apologetic press conference and firing the staff directly involved, the political world will await the findings of the U.S. District Attorney investigation.

2. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

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Biggest Scandal: The second John Doe investigation of his governorship, and the recall elections that took place after pissing off all these people.

Consequences: Walker won the recall election handily, and hasn’t faced difficulties so far over the investigations.

 

3. Senator Rand Paul

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Biggest Scandal: Plagiarizing, like, a lot.

Consequences: Rand’s office will now footnote all speeches and statements.

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4. Senator Ted Cruz

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Biggest Scandal: Wasting 21 hours of our lives.

Consequences: Green Eggs and Ham.

 

5. Rep. Paul Ryan

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Biggest Scandal: Dressing like this.

Consequences: Carney is doing it too, so who cares?

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