May 24, 2022

Texas congressman ends campaign, apologizes for affair with ‘first lady of ISIS’

Texas Republican Rep. Van Taylor dropped out of his reelection bid on Wednesday and apologized to his family, admitting an affair with a woman the media has dubbed “the first lady of ISIS.”

“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 said.

“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,” he wrote in an email to supporters.

Taylor faced a run-off election after failing to win at least 50% of his district’s vote on Tuesday. Expected to win, he gained about 49% of the vote, but not enough to take the majority needed to avoid another round of voting.

A Monday Breitbart News article revealed Taylor allegedly paid Tania Joya $5,000 to keep quiet about the affair.

Second-place Keith Shelf is likely to win in the run-off, with Taylor leaving in the aftermath of the scandal.

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