Kevin Yoder, a Republican representative from Kansas, along with a group of House Republicans were reprimanded last August for going on a drunken naked swim in the Sea of Galilee when they were on a fact finding mission to Israel.
Politico reported last night that there were several Republican House members who were involved in the incident including Representatives Kevin Yoder, Steve Southerland, Ben Quayle, Tom Reed, Jeff Denham, and Michael Grimm. Politico further reported that the Republican representatives were not the only ones on the beach that night. There were also family members, wives, and some Congressional staffers on the scene.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was also on the trip but not at the nude drunken swim, was supposedly “livid” at the idea of members of his own caucus would find it acceptable to take a dip while intoxicated. Cantor reportedly scolded them for their behavior, which a Cantor spokesman confirmed this morning.
Politico reported that, after Cantor had scolded them, the FBI investigated the incident to figure out if any of the Congressional delegation acted inappropriately. After everyone was questioned, no allegations were filed anywhere.
Yoder issued an apology for the incident saying:
“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. 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.”
The Sea of Galilee is the place which the Bible cites as the place where Jesus walked on water.