This week voters were surprised to learn about Congressmen, their family members, and GOP staff drinking and skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee during a fact-finding mission to Israel. So far, only Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas has admitted to nude swimming, but we know others in the group of twenty at least partially disrobed.
The FBI investigated whether any inappropriate behavior occurred, but no one’s been charged with anything. So far, no videos or photos of the incident have been posted, but it certainly seems possible that someone in the group recorded the antics.
We don’t yet know what Rep. Yoder’s constituents in Kansas think of his behavior, but I can’t imagine they have a positive view of Congressional skinny dipping. Although nothing illegal occurred, voters have to be wondering about Yoder’s judgment. Maybe he’s a brilliant lawmaker, but he’s also quite a risk taker. Is that the kind of person they want to represent their views in Congress?
Yoder’s behavior brings to mind another famous incident of exhibitionism—the shirtless photos of the Craigslist Congressman. In 2010, Rep. Chris Lee—perhaps anticipating what Rep. Anthony Weiner would do a year later—sent a partially undressed picture of himself to a potential sexual partner. The scandal that followed ended Rep. Lee’s political career.
But in addition to losing his job and earning the title Craigslist Congressman, Rep. Lee was a sponsor of the Student Internet Safety Act, which was designed to “educate students about appropriate online behavior.” I guess the Congressman didn’t think the act applied to his own behavior.
If Rep. Yoder wants to skinny dip, that’s his business—although it seems odd to do it while on a Congressional fact finding mission. But one thing for sure about Rep. Yoder’s behavior—it took a lot of chutzpah.
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