14 Family Values Politicians with Illegitimate Children  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 Family Values Politicians with Illegitimate Children
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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 maid 78 years before. Then it was clear that Thurmond had been a hypocrite as well as a racist.

Birthplace: Edgefield, South Carolina, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Dixiecrat

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John Edwards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 Family Values Politicians with Illegitimate Children
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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, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Democratic Party

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 Family Values Politicians with Illegitimate Children
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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

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Peter R. Orszag is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 Family Values Politicians with Illegitimate Children
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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: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America, + more

Nationality: United States of America

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