The Washington Times reported this week that a Republican congressman has decided not to run for re-election after it emerged that he had an affair with the widow of an Islamic State recruiter.
Texas Rep. Van Taylor made the announcement a day after his primary contest forced him into a run-off race with former Collin County Judge Keith Self.
Congressman admits to infidelity
“About a year ago, I made a horrible mistake that has caused deep hurt and pain among those I love most in this world,” Fox News quoted Taylor as saying in an email sent out to supporters on Wednesday.
“I had an affair, it was wrong, and it was the greatest failure of my life,” the lawmaker continued, adding, “I want to apologize for the pain I have caused with my indiscretion, most of all to my wife Anne and our three daughters.”
Late last month, National File first broke the bizarre story of Taylor’s relationship with Tania Georgelas, who had previously been married to Islamic State recruiter John Georgelas.
The website explained that John Georgelas forcibly took his wife and their children to Syria in 2013 after the Islamic State was founded.
Tania Georgelas and her children were able to return to the United States but her husband remained until his death in 2017.
Taylor reportedly met his lover through an anti-extremism program
Georgelas said that her affair with Taylor began in October 2020 and lasted until June 2021. The pair met through her involvement with a program known as “Preventing Violent Extremism.”
Georgelas recalled how she began to grow suicidal during their relationship and at one point summoned law enforcement to remove a firearm from her home.
“I came very close to killing myself, but I surrendered a gun to the police because I didn’t want to have access to one when I was in that state,” she was quoted as saying.
Later, Taylor allegedly offered Georgelas thousands of dollars to buy her silence regarding the affair.
Fox News stated that Self and other critics had gone after Taylor over his decision to vote for the creation of a special commission to investigate the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.