14 Family Values Politicians with Illegitimate Children

Most politicians claim to hold strong opinions about the ole of family values in politics. Often politicians will parade their childrenand spouse out in front of the cameras during campaigns and hundreds ofinterviews, just to prove that they are part of loving families. Some of themore conservative politicians even go as far as to say that same-sex marriage isout to destroy their own marriages and therefore support laws that ban gay marriage.A few politicians have even publicly condemned their political peers for theiraffairs before being exposed as hypocrites. Whether they talk up theirconservative opinions about marriage or pretend to be part of perfect families,these politicians are proved to be liars when their own extramarital affair andsecret-love child scandals are revealed.

Politicians like Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Edwards hadno issue putting on a front of being strong, loving family men, before news oftheir long standing affairs were revealed. Other politicians like Carl Paladinoand Vito Fossella had no problem denouncing gay marriage as a threat tomarriage, while hiding their illegitimate children behind closed doors. Evenmany of America’s founding fathers proved to be philanderers when news of theirillegitimate children broke.

Which conservative politicians have illegitimate children?This list features men who have put on a fake front about their belief infamily values while hiding their mistress’s children from view.  


  • Strom Thurmond
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    Best known for being a bigot who was crazy about segregation, Strom Thurmond was a Senator who was all about his supposed moral values. However, after his death, his bi-racial daughter Essie Mae Washington-Williams came to the press to announce that she had been born via his family's black Black 78 years before. Then it was clear that Thurmond had been a hypocrite as well as a racist.

    • Birthplace: Edgefield, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Party (if partisan): Dixiecrat
  • John Edwards
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    Although his beloved wife Elizabeth and mother of their 4 children was fighting terminal cancer, Presidential-hopeful John Edwards had an affair with the woman who was documenting his campaign. The mistress, Rielle Hunter, then bore his daughter Frances in 2008. After he admitted to the affair in 2010, Edwards became a national joke, his name synonymous with dirt. It didn't help that he also had his assistant publicly proclaim to be Edwards' daughter's father.
    • Birthplace: Seneca, South Carolina, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Party (if partisan): Democratic Party
  • When Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver announced their split, the political and entertainment world was stunned as they seemed like the perfect power couple. However, when news broke of his longtime affair with the family housekeeper, Patty Baena, things made more sense. Even more scandalous was the revelation that Schwarzenegger also had a 13 year old illegitimate son. 
    • Birthplace: Thal, Austria
    • Nationality: Austria, United States of America
  • Peter R. Orszag
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    White House Budget Director Peter Orszag was always an instrumental economist, earning praise for his intelligence. But he lost a bit of that respect when news came out about his love child with Claire Milonas, an heiress to a shipping magnate, while engaged to another woman. 
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
  • Albert II, Prince of Monaco
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    You'd think that one love-child rumor would be bad for somebody's career, but two? Prince Albert of Monoco allegedly has one child with a California waitress (Jazmin Grace, b. 1992) and one with a flight attendant from Togo (Alexandre Coste, b. 2005) with whom he had affairs. He married for the first time in 2011. 
    • Birthplace: Monaco, Prince's Palace of Monaco
    • Nationality: Monaco
  • Reverend Jesse Jackson has always made his opinions about family values and political activism known loudly. However, he probably didn't want the news getting out that he cheated on his wife of 40 years and mother of 5 children. His mistress, staffer Karin Stanford, had his daughter Ashley in 1999.
    • Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America