"There's no such thing as bad publicity," P.T. Barnum supposedly said. Try telling that to the Missouri House speaker caught sexting with an intern half his age, or two Illinois governors who wound up in prison.

Or the  St. Louis city treasurer whose career ended in a swirl of bounced checks, employee drug dealing and ghost workers. 

The St. Louis region has had its share (and maybe then some) of political scandals in the almost 18 years since the start of the 21st Century. The stories have riveted readers, lost elections, caused convictions and spawned fateful phrases like "legitimate rape," "Air Claire" and "f------ golden."

Here are our Top 10 political scandals of the century — so far.

—Kevin McDermott