Sunday, August 19, 2012

Billy Long-- Thank God he wasn't one of the naked swimmers?

Remember that trip Billy took to Israel last August? He tweeted about it but I don't remember him telling us about Cantor's chewing out.

How about it Billy, what can you tell us about this trip and the naked swimmers?

A Politico exclusive: FBI probed GOP trip with drinking, nudity in Israel:

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.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who was the senior most GOP lawmaker in Israel on the trip, was so upset about the antics that he rebuked the 30 lawmakers the morning after the Aug. 18, 2011, incident, saying they were distracting from the mission of the trip.

On the Israel trip that included the late night swim, the group of lawmakers on Aug. 18 departed the posh David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem for Tiberias, a historic seaside town located on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. On the night in question, the GOP group checked into Scots Hotel, where rooms could run up to $1,000 each night. At 8:45 p.m., they headed to Decks, a popular restaurant located on the sea, according to an itinerary filed with the House Ethics Committee.

As dinner was winding down, Cantor and McCarthy left the restaurant, but the most of the other lawmakers and staff stayed behind, and the drinking continued, according to several sources who attended the dinner.

After what they describe as a “long, hot day,” more than 20 lawmakers and senior aides decided to jump into the sea, sources said. Some went in wearing all their clothes, although others partially undressed.
From Inside Politics, Springfield News Leader, September 2, 2011: Long travels to Israel:
Rep. Billy Long traveled to Israel this past month with other Republican lawmakers as part of a trip related to his service on the House Committee on Homeland Security, his office confirmed today.

“As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, the congressman attended briefings on national security developments in the Middle East,” Long spokesman Bret Funk said in an email.
Billy or one of his staff wrote this for Politico after the Israel trip: American's tired of picking up the tab:
...It’s tough being away from my family, friends and neighbors back home, but I know I’m serving them by trying to do the right things for the right reasons every single day. I’m honored and humbled to be able to do this service for my community and my country. And I look forward to the difference I can make in 2012.
+BUS PLUNGE EXCLUSIVE: Two naked fat men wearing photoshopped speedos photoshopped swimming in the Sea of Galilee onto a photo of a woman sitting in a plastic lawn chair on a Sea of Galilee beach reading a book.

Are you fed up yet?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Probably missed his flight. Stuck in Vegas until the chips ran out. Whew!

Busplunge said...

Any story that involves skinny dipping and starts with "well, we were drinking" is bound to be a helluva story!

August 18, 2011.

Anonymous said...

Sumo Billy