Campaign 2010

Aug 21, 2013

Swim Trunks Delivered to Congressman Yoder on Anniversary of Naked Sea of Galilee Swim

Congressman Kevin Yoder displayed exceptionally poor judgment when he jumped, naked, into the Sea of Galilee roughly one year ago. That’s why swim trunks were delivered to Congressman Yoder’s office to remind him of the type of behavior he should be exhibiting as a Member of Congress.

“Whether Congressman Yoder is skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee or obstructing solutions to fixing problems in Washington, he has shown he is continuing to exercise his infamously poor judgment which is out touch with the values of Kansas families,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “When Kansas families get a full view at Congressman Yoder’s record and values, they don’t like what they see.”

A picture of the swimsuit delivery is available below:

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

FBI Probed Congressional Trip Where Yoder Jumped Naked Into the Sea of Galilee.“The FBI probed a late-night swim into the Sea of Galilee that involved drinking, numerous GOP freshmen lawmakers, top leadership staff- and one nude member of Congress, according to more than a dozen sources, including eyewitnesses. During a fact-finding trip to the Holy Land last summer, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) took off his clothes and jumped into the sea […] But Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who was the senior most GOP lawmakers in Israel on the trip, was so upset about the antics that he rebuked the 30 lawmakers the morning after the Aug. 18, 2011, incident, saying they were distracting from the mission of the trip.” [Politico, 8/19/12]

Kansas Republicans: “Yoder’s Nude Swim Breaches Trust.” “Two of Kevin Yoder’s fellow Republicans in the Kansas Congressional delegation say his brief nude swim last year in the Sea of Galilee is out of line with what Kansans expect from elected officials. Sen. Jerry Moran said Monday that what he’s read and heard about the incident in Israel in August 2011 suggests something stupid happened. He said such incidents distract from important issues in politics. And Rep. Mike Pompeo said elected officials have an obligation to act in ways that live up to the trust voters put in them.” [Associated Press, 8/21/12]