Spectacular political meltdowns

Published On: Oct 24 2011 07:51:46 AM PDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2014 04:13:13 PM PDT

Rep. Michael Grimm is stepping down after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Take a look back at the many meltdowns, scandals and foot-in-mouth moments of politicians through history.

Carl Paladino 2010
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Republican Carl Paladino, running for governor in New York in 2010, had a couple of notable moments during his campaign. Newsweek reported that he was caught on tape threatening to "take out" a columnist from the New York Post. He also gained national attention for comments on how children are "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option." He apologized for the comment but lost the election.

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