Kwame Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit, was indicted on eight felony charges in 2008 including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick served as mayor from 2001 until he resigned in 2008. He has always maintained his innocence against corruption charges. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Sharpe James was mayor of Newark, NJ from the mid-1980s until 2006. James was found guilty and sentenced to federal prison in 2008 on corruption charges. Following his release from prison, James was welcomed home by supporters holding signs, urging him to run for office. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Alcee Hastings was appointed to U.S. District Judge in 1979, but was impeached and removed from office in 1989 for bribery and perjury. In 1992 Hastings was elected Congressman for Florida’s District 20. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Charles Rangel was re-elected to the House of Representatives while facing an ethics trial before the House for actions including failure to report rental income on a vacation home and using his congressional office to solicit donations for an educational center named after him. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Despite serving six months in jail in 1991 for getting caught smoking crack in a hotel room, former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry was re-elected after his release in 1994. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)
Jesse Jackson, Jr. was re-elected in 2012 to the House of Representatives by Illinois’ 2nd Congressional district despite being diagnosed with bipolar disorder earlier in the year and facing a criminal probe into his alleged misuse of campaign funds. Shortly following his re-election, Jackson resigned his congressional seat. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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In light of reports that New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and NYC comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer are garnering support from black voters despite enduring public disgrace, theGrio put together a slideshow of embattled politicians who have been continually buoyed by black voters.
According to a July 29th Quinnipiac University Poll, Weiner received the highest percentage of potential black votes among NYC mayor candidates despite being ridiculed for an ongoing ‘sexting’ scandal.
Spitzer, the former N.Y. governor, has a commanding lead in African-American voters who were polled for a July 25 Quinnipiac University Poll, receiving 63 percent of their votes even though he resigned as governor due to extra-marital activities involving a prostitute.
From Jesse Jackson Jr. to former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry, there are several U.S. politicians whose scandals did not directly affect their approval among African-Americans.
Check out our gallery of public servants who fell from grace but remained in the good graces of minority voters.