Yoder's nude swim attracts national attention
The Kansas City Star
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder has no opposition in his bid for re-election to a seat that represents hundreds of thousands of Johnson County residents.
Good thing, too.
Because based on Sunday’s exclusive report in Politico, any opponents of the Kansas Republican would be having all kinds of fun with puns and other accusations about whether Yoder is taking his job seriously.
The Politico story says Yoder, a first-term congressman, briefly got naked and jumped in the Sea of Galilee “without a swimsuit” on a 2011 trip to Israel. Other congressional representatives apparently also got in the water, but were more fully dressed.
Yoder and several other congressional representatives on the trip were later scolded by House leaders for their behavior.
And the stories also note that at least one female child of a congressman along with some wives also were at the scene.
On Sunday, Yoder issued one of those statements that doesn’t take much responsibility for his actions.
“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.”
Note: He’s not apologizing for doing something wrong.
He’s apologizing if anyone thinks he has done something wrong.
Here are some of the headlines making their way around the Internet Sunday night:
“FBI Probed Lawmaker’s Nude Swim Abroad on Official Trip Last Summer” - from the National Journal.
“Lawmaker admits swimming nude in Israel” - from Politix
“House Republicans Scolded For Drinking, Nudity In Israel” - from Huffington Post