Monday, August 20, 2012

Yoder Bares All for His Constituents

According to reports, the FBI probed a GOP trip to Israel that took place last year.  The incident under investigation involved Congressmen Kevin Yoder of the Kansas 3rd District stripping naked and jumping in the Sea of Galilee.
“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.”
Neither the congressman or his staff were interviewed during the investigation, which the FBI says revealed no wrong doing.
The American Israel Educational Foundation, a group related to AIPAC, the prominent pro-Israel advocacy group, sponsored the trip, which ran from Aug. 13 to Aug. 21, 2011. The trip cost AIEF upwards of $10,000 per person, according to records filed with the House Ethics Committee. More than 60 people took part in this AIEF trip.
This is the second incident involving alcohol that has landed the congressman in hot water.  In 2009, he was cited by law enforcement for failing to take a breathalyzer test.

Update: 3:10pm - The Atlantic points out Yoder isn't the only representative in U.S. history to bare all:
When President John Quincy Adams lived in the White House, between 1825 and 1829, the erstwhile diplomat and U.S. Senator frequently went skinny-dipping in the Potomac River, causing no fuss. President Teddy Roosevelt, an avid outdoorsman, swam naked in the Potomac too. Billy Graham was one of many to go skinny-dipping with President Lyndon Johnson in the White House pool.
This best part of their analysis:
So to sum up the Cantor framing that Politico seems to have adopted, it's scandalous to go skinny-dipping (or even just swimming) on a special interest-funded junket because it could distract from the important business of being influenced by officials of a foreign government who want more from U.S. taxpayers. 

1 comment:

Angela Lee said...

I am surprised that with 'Christianity' entering into politics so much these days I have yet to see anyone post about the implications of Yoder seeming to use the Sea of Galilee as some kind of hot tub