(FiveNation.com)- Just before the Texas Primary on Tuesday, it was reported that Texas Republican Congressman Van Taylor had engaged in an affair with UK native Tania Joya, the noted “ISIS Bride” of John Georgelas, an American who joined ISIS in 2013. And on Wednesday, Taylor admitted to the affair and announced he was dropping out of the upcoming run-off election against GOP challenger Keith Self.
According to reports, the married father of three met Joya through her work deprogramming extremists that she began after returning to the US from Syria. In no time, Taylor and the ISIS Bride were exchanging graphic “sexting” messages with each other. This eventually led to an intimate relationship that lasted about eight months.
Toward the end of their affair, Joya prevailed on Taylor to help her pay off some of her debts. He agreed to give her $5,000, but only if she agreed to keep her mouth shut about the affair.
The exposé was orchestrated by one of Taylor’s primary challengers, Republican Suzanne Harp, who was contacted by Joya before the election. Harp sent a supporter to interview Joya and the scandal came to light.
And while Harp managed to shove Taylor out of the race, the only candidate she helped was Keith Self.
It’s a little funny when you think about it. Harp wanted to help herself and instead, she helped Keith Self.
Once the news broke, Taylor, who was leading his primary challengers with 51.8 percent began to lose ground. By the end of Tuesday’s primary, Taylor garnered just 48.7 percent of the vote, with Keith Self in second place with 26.5 percent, and Suzanne Harp in third place with 20.8 percent.
And because no candidate garnered 50 percent of the vote, the top-two vote-getters, Taylor and Self, were to face off again in the May run-off election.
But on Wednesday, the humiliated two-term congressman was forced to drop out of the run-off.
In an email to supporters, Taylor admitted his “horrible mistake,” calling it “the greatest failure of my life.” He apologized to his wife Anne and their three daughters for the pain he caused “with my indiscretion.”
Taylor’s exit from the race means the second-place Keith Self, a former Collin County judge, is now the Republican congressional candidate for Texas District 3.
Van Taylor is expected to serve out the remainder of his term in office.