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Spectacular political meltdowns

POSTED: 07:50 AM PDT Oct 24, 2011    UPDATED: 10:32 AM PST Jan 24, 2014 

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges on Friday morning. Take a look at other political meltdowns, scandals and foot-in-mouth moments.

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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