8 Politicos Who Survived Scandals

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Sen. Edward Kennedy

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The 1969 Chappaquiddick incident—when passenger Mary Jo Kopechne died after Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge—may have ended the youngest Kennedy brother's chances for the presidency. But it didn't cost him his Senate seat. Kennedy was elected to seven more terms, and became one of the most well-respected members of the Senate by colleagues of both parties.

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