Ben Quayle Accused of Swimming, Which Is a Scandal or Something

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Congressman Ben Quayle -- not a drowning victim.
Republican Congressman Ben Quayle is accused of swimming in a lake.

Politico published the story last night, claiming several Republican congressmen jumped in a lake last year in Israel during a trip funded by a pro-Israel lobbyist organization.

Congressman Kevin Yoder, of Kansas, hopped in naked. Quayle was in that exact same lake at some point that evening, thus tying him to the report, or something.

From Politico:

"...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 lake 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 apparently qualified as news because the FBI "probed" the swim, according to Politico's sources.

The Los Angeles Times says this morning that there is no FBI investigation.

Meanwhile, Quayle campaign spokeswoman Anna Haberlein confirms to New Times that the allegation is true -- Quayle went swimming. She adds that Quayle wasn't in the water at the same time as his nude colleague -- an incident she says Quayle wasn't even aware of.

Quayle's campaign also suspects Congressman David Schweikert -- Quayle's primary opponent, who was also on the Israel trip -- may have something to do with Politico's story.

"David Schweikert was very available to the media about this," Haberlein says. "This is not a coincidence."

Schweikert gave the Arizona Republic a statement last night, reading:

"I am disappointed but not surprised by Ben Quayle's behavior in Israel," Schweikert said. "Two years ago he embarrassed Arizona with his involvement in an adult website and now, as a congressman, he embarrasses both the institution of Congress and Arizona with his completely inappropriate behavior that calls into question yet again his fitness to be in Congress."

Speaking of that "adult website," TheDirty.com's Nik Richie has provided his two cents, saying, "Brock Landers is a good swimmer."

As for Politico, this is now the second time it has almost, sorta nailed Quayle on something.


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Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Matt: Morals are instilled by parents not some man made "God". How you came up with the conclusion that morals are some how only from religious writings only you could know.

javierbaz
javierbaz

Why is this such a scandal when there's more dirt about the Democrats that goes unreported?  Either start reporting those news-worthy things or shut up.

Jim Bodden
Jim Bodden

I dislike Schweikert, but I am rooting for him to beat Quayle so bad it hurts.

goldfarb
goldfarb

politicians hanging out in israel is scandal enough for me.

thom
thom

I don't' understand New Time's obsession with Ben Quayle. Sure, what these politicians did wasn't against the law. It was just....weird. 

Gregg Paul
Gregg Paul

Hey, Jesus was a wine drinker. Liked it so much he turned water into wine. So, put that into your medical marijuana pipe and smoke it

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

We should assume, I suppose, that Mr. Quayle's moral compass pointed him toward some clothing with which to swim. Or, he was nude. Either way....

Matt Mayo
Matt Mayo

Joe, if religion is BS, then so the idea of immorality.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

It's not immoral to go swimming nude. And religion is BS. It's immoral to be the scumbag he is.

Stacy O'Dell
Stacy O'Dell

So as far as I have heard the only idiot that jumped in nude was the guy from Kansas. Otherwise, is it completely off limits to all?

Chris Stuckey
Chris Stuckey

Great to see the new times standing up for religion and morality. Sort of... Or something.

Chris Stuckey
Chris Stuckey

Great to see the new times standing up for religion and morality. Sort of... Or something.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I don't care that he went swimming nude in a so called "holy place". I care that he's just a scumbag and the people of Arizona are so uninformed they put him in office to begin with.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

From what I read they where all drunk. Ya know, doing recreational drugs like alcohol. Maybe that's the story?

doesntcare
doesntcare

I think when someone is swimming naked, no one should be probing them. Not even the FBI. This is such a non-story. I am glad even Republicans get naked for innocent fun once in a while. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

I dont give a crap about this, what i care about is Quayles penchant for doing nothing of note while in his first term, other than charge obnoxious rates for speaking engagements (for what who knows, Brock landers stories??)...

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

 @goldfarb Be careful what you say because your words just might come and bite you in the ass someday

TruConserv
TruConserv

 @thom I don't think this story is anti-Quayle ... to me it seems to be mocking the scandal manufacturing industry that has become our political machine.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

 @thom Yeah. When Benjie loses the primary we can all just

forget about him and he can go back to being a stringer for The Dirty.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

 @doesntcare I'll bet Little Benny likes a good probing now and then. And those FBI agents are so butch.

TruConserv
TruConserv

 @david_saint01 Just curious, do you hold the same contempt for VP pick Ryan?  Twelve years and all he has to show for it are two bills, both fluff pieces, and a bunch of Obama stimulus money for his home district.

 

Does it irk you that Romney picked such a do-nothing guy?

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