Dominique Strauss-Kahn's sex scandal has left the French shell-shocked and the Americans furious, causing a tension in the relationship between the two. A retrospect into the history of sex scandals within American politics could help bring a sober judgment to how devastating sexuality is in the political world. Political leaders' infidelity is nothing new, but that fact never diminishes its significance.

The following top 10 sex scandals in American politics over the past dacade include prostitution and a gay confession on top of numerous colleague relationships that went too far.