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Six Tea Party Freshmen Behaving Badly

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Six Tea Party Freshmen Behaving Badly


(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) apologized today for skinny dipping at the holy site of the Sea of Galilee during a Congressional trip to Israel last August. Yoder, a Tea Party freshman, was one of about 20 visitors who joined the late night swim. According to Politico, however, Yoder was the only one who jumped in without any clothing.

“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,” Yoder said in a statement to Politico. “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.”

Yoder is hardly the only Tea Party freshman to get into trouble in his first term, however. Here are five more cases of Tea Partiers behaving badly:

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. Dominick Vila August 21, 2012

    Skinny dipping is the tip of the iceberg compared to what Paul Ryan, Todd Akin, Allen West and other Tea Party enthusiasts have done and said on the issue of women rights. The worst part of this issue is not what naenderthals like Akin believe and say, but the fact that he is leading in the polls in Missouri. His popularity is a testament to the influence of twisted religious beliefs in our thought process and our ability to reach logical conclusions.

    1. charlesu August 21, 2012

      Love your responses, Dominick. Keep posting.

    2. jimbo August 22, 2012

      You got it Dominick and they are the ones that are the Regiligious type.

  2. WhutHeSaid August 21, 2012

    Yoder ALMOST had it right. American voters needs to tell all of these Tea Party nuts to ‘go jump in the lake’ — in November. Clothing optional.

  3. Wokeup flared up August 21, 2012

    Is anyone surprised? It appears that these phoney representives of “the people” are following their uncompromising version of “family values”. But it is their “family” that is in question. It seems their “family” is the circle of financial and power hungry, greedy buddies, no one else. The above examples, restricting access to vote by poor and disadvantaged, inserting phoney canidates in elections and the list goes on and on Imagine what would would be disclosed if these “above the law” misfits did not regulate and police themselves. ( ever hear of one being force out office and loosing their pention and other overwhelming benifits?). Never! Never. remember the saying “birds of a feather stick toether”. Need more proof? USA is boomed with this kind of “leaders?”. See what thye do now, wait and see if they get in office and take the Senate. Oh imagine them with a President, House and Senate ruled by these “family values”.

  4. Harold Turner August 21, 2012

    More ethics from our great moralistic Tea Party friends.

  5. Harold Turner August 21, 2012

    Let’s all go swimming in the Sea of Galilee

  6. Harold Turner August 21, 2012

    I’d like to see him try to make it on less than $6,000 per year.

    1. english_teacher August 21, 2012

      Only in our dreams will that ever happen, I’m sorry to say.

  7. Harold Turner August 21, 2012

    And the beat goes on.

  8. Harold Turner August 21, 2012

    Yeah Sarah…Pick a token black man to get those minority votes. Go stick your head back in the sand “You betcha”.

  9. LittleStream August 21, 2012

    And he’s how old? He doesn’t look like a teenager! This is behavior I would expect of a teenager, not a congressman. He’s a Christian? I haven’t read in the Bible where Christ skinny dipped in the Sea of Galilee! But maybe I missed it!

  10. LittleStream August 21, 2012

    Guess all is okay if you are a congressman! If you are a Christian, you are not asking yourself often enough, WWJD? Mr Quayle, can you imagine Christ cruising the site you did?

  11. LittleStream August 21, 2012

    Again we have a example of whats right for everyone else is not right for a congressman. I hope someday that we can see that congressmen are not above the law.

  12. LittleStream August 21, 2012

    He struggles with his bills getting $174,000! Try living on a Social Security check! Yet you think I live on an entitlement, and you earn your money! Help me!

  13. LittleStream August 21, 2012

    Holy smoke! Top fund raiser was in illegal immigrant? He’s ex FBI and didn’t think to check his status? There’s so much wrong here that it is mind boggling!

  14. LittleStream August 21, 2012

    No comment! This man is a nut case. Here is my concern, why do people elect him? You hate Democrats so badly you’d rather have this man represent you? Oh my goodness!

  15. Bridget Guzzi August 21, 2012

    We do not want these people representing us. They are the dark side of life. These are the very people the world rallied against. Their outrageous lack of place in the community of mankind. They gave America a bad face. Greed, dishonor, pathological lies, ruthless behavior to meet their bottom line agenda, ‘THEMSELVES”. For those who are fooled and may consider them as leaders, they do so at a catastrophic negative cost to America and the world. They are not even Republicans. Republicans in history at times wore a human face in at least some of their policy making. This here is a group who would take their own party down to win. They are paid by the men and woman behind the New World Order. This has nothing to do with America, all to do with world dominance. Wake up. Jobs and the economy are weak. The same environment that brought Hitler to power. Do not think for a moment that if they gain any headway we will not be recipents of horrific holocaust conditions. You must see this now before it is too late. The whole world is under water .. and Obama is constructing lifelines. Hang on Luke! We have a leader who is softening the blow. If you want to get your lights totally knocked out and drink tea while eating crow for the next 4 years grab Yoder and the gang and put out your wrists for the chains. If you want to believe and have faith that we can navigate through these times with compassion, innovative constructive policy and a better kinder world for our children then hang with the big O. I know I will and have hung out with our President. I like it light!

  16. Jobs for Americans August 21, 2012

    WTF kind of reporting is National Memo? Honestly, i can’t tell if NM is liberal or conservative. I believe i’ve blocked your email junk previously.

    The one i’;m scratching my head over is Allen West. I know of NO BAD BEHAVIOR on West’s part. He is outspoken and i love that he calls a muslim a muslim …yep now censor my post.

  17. Jobs for Americans August 21, 2012

    absolutely get rid of the republicans who tainted the holy sea of Galilie with their stinkin naked bodies. What is it about winning a PUBLIC SERVANT office that makes these idiots think they have “arrived”.
    Especially get rid of the idiot moron who’s campaign manager is an ILLEGAL ALIEN. One think republicans BETTER understand is that US CITIZENS who have elected them expect them to behave in a morally superior manner ( as opposed to democrats showing their weinnees on the net ) and we expect our reps to make laws that benefit US CITIZNE TAXpayers and make sure the president doesn’t overreach his authority which is to ENFORCE ALL CURRENT LAWS.

  18. Rev Jim August 21, 2012

    You can’t fix Tea Qaida crazy.

  19. Basil Mitchell August 21, 2012

    This Country cannot afford to have Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan, running things. For one
    Romney only wants to be President because he feels entitle to it, and Ryan wants to be
    like Romney. So what we would wind up with, is two of a kind.

  20. Bigspender August 21, 2012

    Many of the freshmen HOUSE republicans have no business being in congress. If you voted for these clowns then you have a lot to answer for. Please don’t make the same mistake this year.

  21. Pretty Gypsy August 21, 2012

    These type of representtives I can live WITHOUT. And they have the nerve to say they have “family values”. Like what? Drinking, carousing, skinny dipping. Then when caught -apologise for being an ASS! And that’s supposed to show the rest of us that they have “family values”.

  22. catball August 21, 2012

    This is just great. My congressman can show his ass to the whole world and I’m suppose to believe how SPECIAL this jerk is. PLEASE!!! I live in Kansas and Ive seen all the crap Yoder and Brownback have done to my state. He is just another Tparty slimeball

  23. EGA19 August 22, 2012

    The Dip into the Sacred Sea is only part of the story…certain members disrobed themselves after drinking, while in the presence of a 14 year old Congressman’s Daughter who was at the sea side. Geesh

  24. ClydeMcWhorter August 22, 2012

    This is just democracts trying to discredit Repuglicans. IT IS OBAMA’S FAULT!! Repuglicans don’t get DRUNK and Make fools of themselves, They don’t get drunk. It was an illigentament drunk!

    Mit Romney’s Daddy was Born in Mexico, Under Mexican Law, That makes Mit Romney A Citizen of Mexican Citizen! Mit Romney Has Never Denounced His Mexican Citizenship.

  25. ClydeMcWhorter August 22, 2012

    Oh Yes, Lets Do Every thing We Can To Make Sure that A Black Man Can Not Succeed As President, Even If It Tanks The U.S. Economy! As Long As We Get Our Bribes and We Get A Job As Lobbists after we leave Con_gress, We Made OUR’S Screw the LITTLE People!!

  26. Roger Boleyn August 22, 2012

    The only item superseding tea bagger supporter arrogance is total ignorance. To think a totalaterian aristocracy GOP government is best, must be on the drugs Carl Rove and the GOP is protecting and laundring money for.


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