Congressional skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee?

Apparently they were simply attempting to walk home. From Politico.com:

The FBI probed a late-night swim in 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 congressional trip to the Holy Land last summer, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) took off his clothes and jumped into the sea, joining a number of members, their families and GOP staff during a night out in Israel, the sources [said]. Other participants, including the daughter of another congressman, swam fully clothed while some lawmakers partially disrobed. More than 20 people took part in the late-night dip in the sea, according to sources who took part in the trip.

More from Politico.com:

These GOP sources confirmed the following freshmen lawmakers also went swimming that night: Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) and his daughter; Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and his wife; Reps. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.).

Many of the lawmakers who ventured into the ocean said they did so because of the religious significance of the waters. Others said they were simply cooling off after a long day. Several privately admitted that alcohol may have played a role in why some of those present decided to jump in.

This could have implications at least for Quayle, the son of the former vice president. Ben Quayle has significant primary opposition for his Arizona seat from Dave Schweikert, a tea party-backed candidate.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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127 comments Add your comment

Peach Fuzz

August 19th, 2012
8:37 pm

And why is this considered news? So some people went skinny dipping in the dark, BFHD.

RGB

August 19th, 2012
8:38 pm

So does this help the GOP lawmakers with Democrat voters? If past is prologue, it should.

Tom E. Gunn

August 19th, 2012
8:42 pm

rae

August 19th, 2012
8:44 pm

Coolest thing the gop has done since, well ever.

rae

August 19th, 2012
8:46 pm

Although, skinny-dippin’ with your daughter is kinda gross.

South Georgia Retiree

August 19th, 2012
8:46 pm

Guess they had to go abroad and do something crazy to reduce the stress of Washington. Wonder how much this party cost taxpayers? Doesn’t sound very dignified for members of Congress.

Orange 12

August 19th, 2012
8:48 pm

He has nothing to hide.

Heika

August 19th, 2012
8:50 pm

I’m going to decry these actions unless said lawmakers legalize after-dark nudity and drinking in relatively unpopulated areas. Then they’d have my vote…if I lived in their district.

rae

August 19th, 2012
8:55 pm

We’d all be nude if that wench Eve didn’t trick Adam in the garden.

The Dude

August 19th, 2012
8:56 pm

Ben Quayle – from the Dirty to the Skinny. What an embarrassment.

Wasted $

August 19th, 2012
8:57 pm

Good to see our tax dollars being spent on the FBI “probing” relevant cases.

Carolo

August 19th, 2012
8:58 pm

Romney makes a jerk out of himself in London and now a Congressmen and others go skinny dipping in Israel. This was not their private swimming but they are there representing the US. Congressmen Yoder certainly respresents his State nicely. NOT!

GOP Conservative

August 19th, 2012
8:58 pm

Ben Quayle apparently will do anything to see a dude without his pants on.

Phil

August 19th, 2012
9:00 pm

Well I guess if they submerged in that Biblical body of water, it proved that none of them are Jesus. I’m sure more than one of them thought they could walk on water!

All these hypocritical Republicans were supposed to stop all these junkets and wild behavior. Does anyone wonder why they have an approval rating of 10%? I just keep wondering who this 10% is.

cc

August 19th, 2012
9:04 pm

I wonder who the “more than a dozen soutces” were? Could it possible be souces close to the AG, or from the White House?

More misdirection with the aid of the “unbiased” news media!

The taxpayers should be fully repaid for this “fact finding mission” and the FBI should be pursuing other things such as the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent with guns furnished Mexicans by the ATF. If they run short of assignments, there’s aways Solyndra and various other bankrupted government subsidized green energy contributors to the obama campaign . . .

Rick

August 19th, 2012
9:07 pm

And we are supposed to somehow care that someone went skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee? For probably the millionth time there? I don’t care and everyone else is stupid if they care one whit Maybe someone had better go find out if they pee in the pool, too. NON Story.

AnObservation

August 19th, 2012
9:08 pm

This is not surprising behavior for Ben Quayle. He was involved in the launch of a semi-pornographic website and was a party animal before he decided to run for Congress. Old habits die hard.

Monroe

August 19th, 2012
9:13 pm

Maybe it is against the law to do that in that area? If not, the only law broken here was some ugly guy went naked in the water. Had he looked better, no crime lmao

Will

August 19th, 2012
9:14 pm

Stay classy, cons!

billyBobjacket

August 19th, 2012
9:17 pm

Was anybody raped, left to drown, or bludgeoned to death with a golf club…oh wait, those were incidents involving democrats, so the al-jazeera constitution/Atlanta urinal and constipation would not have thought they were worthy of reporting.

Monroe

August 19th, 2012
9:18 pm

It’s the same thing with the hookers in Central America where it is legal. What people do in personal life is not news but in politics, each idiot party is out to make something of nothing of the other. Republicans started it with secret service agents and now we have this and btw, secret service are not allowed to vote. They work for Republican and Democrat and cannot have biases like people here on politics but some are cute and I would have loved to have seen them naked in the Sea. Maybe the Red Sea and with me in it, they could have parted the Sea?

This story is so dumb it deserves dumb responses. People are not born with clothes on so if someone is naked or seen naked, get over it no matter your gender, sexual orientation or age. It is called human nature. Do not fear nature.

Bobby

August 19th, 2012
9:19 pm

Don’t you know if these were Democrats the vast majority of above posters would be decrying our lack of moral values. Since it’s their fellow Republicans, everything is ok. Right.

glenda

August 19th, 2012
9:20 pm

of all the bodies of water in the world to go skinny dipping in why did they choose the sea of Galilee…..considering that this spot is sacred to many christians…. i think it is extremely disrespectful and rude not only to the site but also to the people of Israel and the good Lord himself……even if you do not believe in God……. there is such a thing as good manners and maturitywhen in a foreign country……no wonder america doesnt get any respect when people see how our politicians behave

Bonedaddy

August 19th, 2012
9:23 pm

So what? Really? Is this all you Dims have? Really Galloway? Obama is getting ready to have his ass handed to him in November and you are sweating Republicans and their junk. Is this YOUR fetish. I thought it was donuts. You might want to consider worrying about your cholesterol there big boy other than who is swimming naked.

Jeff Garner

August 19th, 2012
9:26 pm

Who really cares about this…

Greg

August 19th, 2012
9:27 pm

Will the AJC and the liberal media never quit trying to sensationalize “non news” in order to get Obama reelected? One person went skinny dipping and others went swimming! Notice that the article doesn’t note that the average daytime temperature around the Sea of Galilee this time of year is close to 100F. By the way the Sea of Galilee is not an “ocean”. It contains less water than Lake Lanier. Duhh!

Conscious

August 19th, 2012
9:29 pm

This story is important because the “family values” leaders were acting immaturely and irresponsible while overseas representing the United States government. This just shows their hypocrisy!

Old Tech

August 19th, 2012
9:30 pm

According to other news sources, this was a privately funded trip. Something the AJC would not report unless the Democratic Party was involved.

Bernie

August 19th, 2012
9:30 pm

The place where Jesus spent a lot time ministering to his disciples and what is the GOP doing? Disrobing and skinny dipping with other GOP Congressional Members and their families!

I for one am OUTRAGED! :) Surely we should hear from Little Horn (Ryan) and The Proud One (Mitt) expressing their dissatisfaction with these Heathens! acting like drunken FRAT BOYS on a weekend Binge!

These are same ones who are so willing to restrict the right to VOTE of other Americans and Deny the millions of American Women the right to choose and make decisions about their BODIES and their own personal Healthcare decisions.

This is how the self-righteous and the ENTITLED think and ACT!

Do as I SAY, but NOT as I DO………..

Maybe MITT was their to do some BAPTIZING! Oops! I forgot he prefers DEAD People.

Tomorrow the lead story on Fox & Friends will be “PRESIDENT OBAMA goes NUDE. In the SAME PLACE where John the Baptist……..Baptized JESUS!

dd

August 19th, 2012
9:34 pm

two amazingly unimportant articles in one day, Jim….wow. Is that a new record? Can you seriously not find anything of actual importance to your readers?

Koz

August 19th, 2012
9:35 pm

Didn’t Ted Kennedy go swimming with a young girl once?

Kris

August 19th, 2012
9:38 pm

We should get the EPA critters involved, I’m sure that the water is contaminated with sin, corruption and plotting to steel social security and medicare form our senior citizens.

Hand rommie and ryhnnie their asses on their silver platters in November! Don’t forget the spoon that was implanted when they were born.

Re-elect President OBAMA

Courtney

August 19th, 2012
9:46 pm

really weak story

Redd

August 19th, 2012
9:51 pm

Some fact finding trip….US politicians bought and paid for by a foreign government entity…. to lobby the US to another war…..

Kris

August 19th, 2012
9:56 pm

@ Koz “Didn’t Ted Kennedy go swimming with a young girl once?”

I think he drove the girl into the swimming hole.

MrLiberty

August 19th, 2012
10:02 pm

Why should this come as a surprise. Virtually the entire congress routinely protitutes themselves to the state of Israel for cash. Our foreign policy is controlled by the State of Israel, most federal races are funded by the state of Israel in one manner or other and with the exception of a few honest statesmen, they all take their marching orders from the state of Israel.

The shocking thing is that most republicans and democrats are perfectly fine with this arrangement despite the thousands of US lives this has cost us in the middle east and on 9/11.

Bernie

August 19th, 2012
10:19 pm

Seems to me ole “CRY BABY” Bonehner needs to have a little chat with the young Congressmen and their Staffers! One would think “THEY” of ALL People would know better!

To remind them that the American People are exactly 11 weeks away from a Presidential election. That going “BUTT NAKED” with and in front of other Congressional family members on a official U.S. CONGRESSIONAL visit in another NATION!

Does inspire the best confidence in LEADERSHIP from the American PEOPLE back HOME!

Hey Republicans…see what happens when you continually LIE about President OBAMA? Something crazy and un-forseen event ALWAYS creeps up and exposes you, as The Party never to be TRUSTED!

STOP THE LYING and maybe things will CHANGE………….

This is KARMA…..there is much more to come. like this….If you continue on this Path!

To the Christian Evangelical Conservatives…take HEED! This is another SIGN!

This time, it occurred on HOLY GROUND………..

Mattie

August 19th, 2012
10:23 pm

So this is a big deal? I would have done the same only with a bathing suit.

oldfart

August 19th, 2012
10:25 pm

I agree this is a very small issue. Could be due to shrinkage I suppose.

GTPHISH

August 19th, 2012
10:25 pm

Sounds like this crew should take their next JUNKET to the Piedmont Driving Club….bet these DEFICIT HAWKS probably put this trip on taxpayers as well.

Mattie

August 19th, 2012
10:26 pm

Dan Quayle had his clothes on. It was Yoder who took his clothes off. Really, Dems you are making a story out of this. Any opportunity to avoid discussing the dismal economy, and the rotten Obama Presidency.

GB's Hamburgers

August 19th, 2012
10:30 pm

I think the key words were partially clothed and fully clothed. So it seems like a pretty good spontaneous idea. Compare that to Clinton being serviced as he sat at his desk.

RAMZAD

August 19th, 2012
10:39 pm

Republicans are always naked. What is the story?

CmdrR

August 19th, 2012
10:48 pm

How much did the taxpayers get stuck paying for a “fact-finding trip to the Holy Land?” If one says it’s the Holy Land (and three faiths do) then aren’t the “facts” or articles of faith written in your convenient choice of three books?
I could care less about a skinny-dip. I care about getting soaked for bogus vacations passed off as the people’s work.

R

August 19th, 2012
10:53 pm

steven k

August 19th, 2012
10:55 pm

At least some Republicans are being transparent!

S

August 19th, 2012
10:56 pm

The point is when elected officials go to a foreign country they are suppose to represent the the American People and our Government. These Republicans acted like hooligans in a foreign country. A few hundred miles down the road, drunk and nude and the Religious Police would have hauled them off to their hoosegow or maybe even lined them up against a wall. With this group of Republicans in congress though, nothing surprises. There’s a reason this 112th congress has a 10% approval rating and this is just one of many.

billysundye

August 19th, 2012
11:02 pm

New family values – get drunk and swim nude in front of other people’s children. Then go out and call the President a foreigner.

crankee-yankee

August 19th, 2012
11:06 pm

South Georgia Retiree
August 19th, 2012
8:46 pm

Dignified? No.
Surprising? Sadly, no.

JWayne

August 19th, 2012
11:33 pm

Good for them! They took some time to live life SKIN SIDE OUT. Next they should hike naked, it’ll add color to their cheeks. Skinny Dipping is as American as Apple Pie. There is nothing wrong with a body, we all have them and none of us were born with clothes on. I’d vote for a skinny dipper, before I’d vote for an uptight holier-than-thou politician.