Crane, who tearfully apologized for his transgression, lost his bid for reelection in 1984. Studds, however, refused to apologize (even calling a press conference with the former page, in which both stated that they were consenting adults at the time of the relationship and that it was therefore not the business of others to censure them for their private relationship), and he continued to be reelected until his retirement in 1996.
This and that are different. Gerry Studds activity was not covered up. The people his constituents re-elected him. Going on about liberal conspiracies and claiming to take responsibility while accepting no blame is just nuts.
Problem is they don't care and are surprised by all the attention to this. They keep saying that sound as though an authority figure looking to have sex with his or her subordinates is just fine.
A Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley's inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications.