Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe): Yoder, I'm shaking my head...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Yoder, I'm shaking my head...

Well, this is embarrassing.

Rep. Kevin Yoder was caught with his pants down, err off, in the Sea of Galilee.

According to Politico, Yoder joined dozens of participants in a dip in the Holy Land sea last summer during a Congressional fact-finding trip to Israel.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. Yoder, it turns out, was the only one to take the plunge sans any clothing.

Much of this story is deeply, deeply disturbing to me.

First, the shameful event came to light because the FBI investigated the skinny dip. I'm not sure why this incident is worthy of the FBI's time or efforts.

Second, I don't really care if my Congressman has a wild streak. I like my leaders with a side of the human condition. I've been known to act a little crazy every now and then -- especially when I'm getting away from the everyday.  That said, Yoder wasn't on a vacation with his fraternity brothers. He was traveling with members of Congress on work trip where he wasn't just representing the United States, he was traveling as one of a very select few leaders of our country. While there may be a time and a place for skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee, that wasn't it.  Yoder's actions, as well as those of the others involved, shows a stunning, stunning lack of judgment in situation that shouldn't have required a lot of deep thought. It makes me question whether we can trust his judgment for other, more important decisions.

Finally, this isn't the first such rumor of Yoder's wild behavior to leak. In his first week in Washington, rumors surfaced that he and other freshman members of Congress were dressed down for bad behavior -- drinking to excess and behaving like the U.S. Capitol is Animal House the Sequel.

Yoder isn't 23 anymore. He's a big boy with a big job. To date, I have been more than pleased with his efforts in D.C. Judging from the fact that he doesn't have a single opponent -- Republican or Democrat -- in the 2012 election, I think we can assume many, many are pleased with the job he's done.

In a statement about the incident, he said:

“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.”

For now, I think his piss poor judgment can and will be overlooked. But that will quickly change if the young Congressman can't keep his clothes on in the future.

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