Republican Representative Van Taylor withdrew from his race for re-election Wednesday after he admitted to having an affair with a woman being described as an “ISIS bride.” Taylor, a married father of three daughters, was one of 35 Republican Representatives to vote for an investigation into January 6.
Here is how he announced his withdrawal:
“About a year ago, I made a horrible mistake that has caused deep hurt and pain among those I love most in this world,” Taylor wrote in an email to supporters.
“I had an affair, it was wrong, and it was the greatest failure of my life. I want to apologize for the pain I have caused with my indiscretion, most of all to my wife Anne and our three daughters.”
The woman involved, Tania Joya, is the wife of an American-born ISIS fighter, according to Breitbart.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
Earlier this week, Breitbart News exclusively reported Van Taylor “allegedly paid $5,000 in hush money to an ‘ISIS bride’ he was engaged in an affair with during his time in Congress.”
According to documents ‘ISIS bride’ Tania Joya shared with Breitbart News, Taylor was engaged in a raunchy sexual escapade with Joya that allegedly lasted from November 2020 to June 2021 — during which time she says Taylor paid her $5,000.
The payment, she says, was made in cash given to her by the congressman. Joya showed Breitbart News banking records that demonstrate she made a $5,000 deposit into her account when she says the affair occurred.
Joya told Breitbart News she first met Taylor in August of 2019, when she was looking to get involved with the Preventing Violent Extremism program in the district’s school system; Joya thought the congressman might have connections to facilitate her involvement.