When a cheating politician like Eliot Spitzer makes the headlines, everyone asks: Why would a successful politician like Spitzer jeopardize his marriage and his career by cheating on his wife?

It’s a question infidelity expert Ruth Houston has been asked dozens of times in the wake of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal. Houston, the founder of InfidelityAdvice.com and the author of Is He Cheating on You? – 829 Telltale Signs is frequently called on by the media to comment on infidelity issues in the news.

Politicians cheat on their wives or have extramarital affairs for a variety of reasons. The reasons are almost as varied as the cheating politicians themselves. Below, infidelity expert Ruth Houston gives six of the most common reasons why politicians, public figures, and other prominent, or rich and powerful men cheat on their wives.

1. A Sense of Entitlement

Politicians and public figures feel a certain sense of entitlement. They often feel that they can do whatever they want with impunity, and that includes having extramarital affairs. Since they consider themselves to be above the law, they feel they are exempt from the rules that apply to the rest of society.

2. The Thrill of the Chase

Many cheaters actually thrive on all the excitement associated with having an affair. They get the kind of adrenaline rush from cheating on their mates that they’d get from participating in skydiving or other high risk sports. Cheating politicians are no different. They get a charge from the subterfuge – all the sneaking, lying scheming and other covert activities involved in keeping an extramarital affair hidden from public view.

3. Ego-Embellishment

Politicians and public figures also cheat for a variety of ego-embellishment reasons. Having an extramarital affair can bolster a cheating politician’s ego in two ways. It can boost a flagging ego, or it can feed the already inflated ego that many politicians have. They mentally congratulate themselves for being so clever, so cunning, so intellectually superior that they’ve outwitted everyone around them by hiding what they’re doing behind closed doors.

4. Infidelity as a Status Symbol

Many politicians and public figures view having a mistress or patronizing a high-priced call girl or prostitute as a status symbol of some kind. To many rich and powerful men, or other men in high places, the ability to afford a call girl of a certain caliber is the ultimate mark of success.

5. The Excitement of Engaging in the Forbidden

Just like ordinary men, sometimes cheating politicians engage in infidelity or extramarital affairs solely for the excitement of getting away with doing something that’s forbidden. They revel in the thought that they’re smart enough to elude detection by pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes.

6. The Knowledge that They Can Get Away With It

The main reason many politicians cheat on their wives and have extramarital affairs is because they are confident that they can get away with it. And countless numbers of them do. If they thought for one minute that they might get caught, most of them would never even take such a chance.

As a lawyer, Eliot Spitzer knew that what he was doing was against the law. He allegedly transferred funds to various places to hide the fact that he paid an elite prostitution ring for the services of a high-priced call girl. He arranged for this prostitute to commute from New York to Washington, D.C. and meet him in a hotel so he could cheat away from the sight of prying eyes. No one deliberately breaks several laws unless he’s certain he can do so without getting caught

What Can the Wife of a Cheating Politician Do?

Every politician’s wife should familiarize herself with the subtle signs of infidelity, because no matter how carefully a cheating politician tries to cover his tracks, there will ALWAYS be telltale signs. Since most of the signs of infidelity are subtle, knowing what to look for is the key. If the wife of every cheating politician owned an infidelity reference book like Is He Cheating on You? – 829 Telltale Signs (Lifestyle Publications, $29.95), more cheating politicians would get caught long before their extramarital affairs were publicly exposed.

This book could spare many politician’s wives a lot of heartbreak and humiliation because it covers practically every known sign of infidelity, including the subtle signs women usually overlook. The signs are conveniently grouped into 21 major categories, so any wife can easily find the signs of infidelity that apply to her marriage, her circumstances, or her mate. For a free report entitled Is Your Spouse Cheating? - 21 Ways You Can Tell, e-mail InfidelityAdvice@gmail.com with 21 Categories Report - y in the subject line. This special report describes each of the 21 major categories of infidelity signs, and tells what kind of signs to look for under each category.

Having a good infidelity reference book in their personal library would help keep other politician’s wives from joining the ranks of Silda Spitzer, Dina McGreevey, Carlita Kilpatrick and other cheating politician’s wives.

For more information about infidelity, cheating spouses, and extramarital affairs, visit www.InfidelityAdvice.com or http://infidelitynewsandviews.blogspot.com

Author's Bio: 

Infidelity expert Ruth Houston, is the founder of InfidelityAdvice.com and the author of Is He Cheating on You? - 829 Telltale Signs, which documents practically every known sign of infidelity. Frequently called on by the media to comment on infidelity issues in the news, Ruth has been quoted in USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Cosmopolitan, msnbc.com, FoxNews.com, Maclean’s and numerous others. Ruth has also been a guest on The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, NBC News, Fox and Friends, The Morning Show, 1010WINS, Court TV Radio, BBC, CBC, and over 440 radio and TV talk shows worldwide. To interview infidelity expert Ruth Houston, call 718 592-6039 or e-mail InfidelityExpert@gmail.com