May 24, 2013
The Skinny on GOP Trip to the Holy Land
Posted on Aug 20, 2012
Despite a stodgy reputation, Republicans are capable of a little craziness. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was moved to scold a group of GOP congressmen who drank and went swimming—at least one of them in the nude—during a “fact-finding” trip to Israel last year.
The FBI later looked into the incident, but has refused to comment on its probe.
Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas is the lawmaker who stripped naked for a dip in the Sea of Galilee. He released the following statement: “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,” he said. “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.”
According to Yoder’s chief of staff, the congressman and his staff were never interviewed by the FBI.
At least 20 other people took part in the late-night swim, including freshman Republican congressmen Steve Southerland of Florida, Tom Reed and Michael Grimm of New York, Ben Quayle of Arizona and Jeff Denham of California.
The trip, by the way, was paid for by the American Israel Educational Foundation, which is related to the pro-Israel advocacy group AIPAC.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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