According to multiple sources reporting to Politico, Republican Florida Rep. Steve Southerland, Panama City, went to Israel on a fact-finding mission last year with a bunch of GOP freshmen congressmen and then went swimming while others went skinny dipping at the place Jesus supposedly walked on water.
According to eye-witnesses, the crowd of about 20 took a late night dip in the Sea of Galilee, some partially naked, others all the way naked. Either way, that's a lot of white pasty bodies rummaging through the waters.
The sources say Southerland's daughter was among those who ventured verily into the water.
When asked why they did it, some of the lawmakers insisted their late-night butt-nekid swim-a-thon was because of Jesus and stuff. Also, booze.
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.
According to the report, Southerland and his daughter were only partially nude -- unlike U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., who went full monty into the water which is both hilarious and gross.
No word on what exactly that fact-finding mission they went on was all about. Although they can probably report that, even in holy waters touched by the Lord, there is still no cure for "shrinkage."
Southerland is being contested for his seat by former state legislator Al Lawson, a Democrat from Tallahassee.