Monday, August 20, 2012

Rep. Kevin Yoder apologizes for skinny-dipping in Sea of Galilee

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Yoder wasnt smiling this morning.
  • Yoder wasn't smiling this morning.
It was a festive evening in a foreign country, and for one night, a congressman from Kansas apparently forgot that he was a congressman from Kansas. Politico broke the story over the weekend of U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder's nude dip in the Sea of Galilee on a fact-finding trip to Israel last August. While Yoder's Republican colleagues joined him in the swim, he was apparently the only one to fully disrobe.

According to the piece, the FBI looked into the trip, paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation. Travis Smith, Yoder's chief of staff, told Politico that nobody from Yoder's office has been questioned. Perhaps, as former Pitch managing editor David Martin maintained just a month before Yoder's sojourn to Israel, it's time for the congressman to quit trying to paint himself as a conservative. Either that, or he could always claim he was baptizing himself in holy water. Yoder's actual explanation is after the jump.

He issued the following statement to Politico:

“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,” Yoder said in a statement to POLITICO. “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.”

"Without a swimsuit" is a wicked turn of phrase because it leaves open the door for a lot of explanations. I would assume he also went in "without floaties," or "without waiting 45 minutes." Politico is placing this within the context of the recent rash of sex scandals that involved congressmen in various states of undress. That's not what this is. Instead, it's just a rare miscalculation on the part of a politician who has been very calculating in seeking the office he currently holds. Never skinny-dip with co-workers. Congressman Yoder, that's one you should have learned back in your days as an intern in the Kansas Democratic Party.
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