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John McCartney and Herald staff | jmccartney@heraldnet.com
Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 8:26 p.m.

Nudists salute lawmaker's dip in the Galilee

  • U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., apologizes to his constituents on KCUR-FM Monday in Kansas City, Mo., after a published report revealed the freshman la...

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    U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., apologizes to his constituents on KCUR-FM Monday in Kansas City, Mo., after a published report revealed the freshman lawmaker swam nude in the Sea of Galilee during a fact-finding trip to the Mideast last August.

A flesh-baring swim in the Sea of Galilee last year earned Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) a rebuke from House leaders. But he got support from the American Association for Nude Recreation ("The credible voice of reason for nude recreation since 1931").

"Congressman Yoder is a typical American who enjoys skinny-dipping," the AANR says in a news release. The nudist lobby says Yoder's antics may help its cause of promoting nude recreation.

"Overall, the reaction's been mostly positive," said Tom Mulhall, the AANR's public relations chairman and the owner of the Terra Cotta Inn, a clothing-optional resort in Palm Springs.

The AANR's release lists American presidents purported to have enjoyed a nude splash: John Quincy Adams, Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush. (Bush's supposed bare romp was technically in a sauna, not a body of water, but we're not quibbling.)

"President Johnson even went skinny-dipping while in office with evangelist Billy Graham," the group reports. Sadly, we have no photos.

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