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pwaldo
08-20-2012, 09:31 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/republican-congressman-scolded-drinking-nudity-israel-022047815--abc-news-politics.html?_esi=1


A group of House Republicans visiting Israel as part of an official Congressional delegation last summer enjoyed a late night of drinking at the Sea of Galilee that included swimming and, in the case of one member, a little skinny dipping in the place where the Bible says Jesus walked on water.

The story was first reported by Politico and has been confirmed by ABC News.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was on the trip but was not present for the late night antics. When Cantor was told about what happened, according to Republican sources, he was "livid" and called members of the delegation to say the behavior was unacceptable and must never be repeated.

The skinny dipper, according to the sources, was Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas.

In a statement to Politico, Yoder said: "A year ago, my wife, Brooke, and I joined colleagues for dinner at the Sea of Galilee in Israel. After dinner I followed some Members of Congress in a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea and regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit. It is my greatest honor to represent the people of Kansas in Congress and [for] any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize."

Cantor's deputy chief of staff, Doug Heye, tells ABC News what he told Politico: "Twelve months ago, [Cantor] dealt with this immediately and effectively to ensure such activities would not take place in the future."

Heye confirms that the FBI asked about the incident, although the investigation does not appear to have gone anywhere.

mrveggieman
08-21-2012, 07:50 AM
Where are all of the right wingers calling for this guy's job?

shrewsbury
08-21-2012, 08:24 AM
I skinny dipped before, dang it, do you think I will get fired?!!

pghin08
08-21-2012, 08:37 AM
I didn't know Congressmen were capable of having fun.

mrveggieman
08-21-2012, 09:00 AM
I skinny dipped before, dang it, do you think I will get fired?!!


That goes against everything that republicans stand for. They are for modest conservative behavior. Public nudity in Israel or anywhere else does not fit those standards. I'm sorry but I am revoking your conservative card. :fighting0056:

habsheaven
08-21-2012, 09:14 AM
I don't have a problem with the act of skinny dipping in this particular location. I would take issue with the fact that they were on a junket to Israel and living it up on the same day the market dropped over 500 points after the debt crisis debacle and downgrade.

Star_Cards
08-21-2012, 09:36 AM
I'm with Habs 100% on this. Most politicians regardless of their party take full advantage of the perks they get when traveling on the publics dime.

pghin08
08-21-2012, 09:48 AM
Yeah, I just don't see this as a big deal. This is really about as harmless as it gets. Was it a smart thing to do? Probably not, but we're all human.

AUTaxMan
08-21-2012, 09:58 AM
I don't have a problem with the act of skinny dipping in this particular location. I would take issue with the fact that they were on a junket to Israel and living it up on the same day the market dropped over 500 points after the debt crisis debacle and downgrade.

I believe it occurred on his own personal time after the official business was over. I heard that he held his family over for a couple of days for a vacation, and that's when he did it.

habsheaven
08-21-2012, 10:09 AM
I believe it occurred on his own personal time after the official business was over. I heard that he held his family over for a couple of days for a vacation, and that's when he did it.

I heard that it occurred after a dinner attended by other congressmen and many took part in the late night swim.

AUTaxMan
08-21-2012, 10:09 AM
I heard that it occurred after a dinner attended by other congressmen and many took part in the late night swim.

You could be right. That's just what somebody told me.

habsheaven
08-21-2012, 10:15 AM
Well regardless, it's really not a big deal however it occurred.

AUTaxMan
08-21-2012, 10:31 AM
Well regardless, it's really not a big deal however it occurred.

agreed