Last Updated on March 1, 2022
Texas Values Action, the major faith and freedom political advocacy nonprofit on the Republican side in the Lone Star State, has pulled back its endorsement of embattled U.S. Congressman Van Taylor after NATIONAL FILE revealed that Taylor carried on an extramarital affair with an ISIS bride, from whom he requested a “slow rim job,” then he attempted to pay her off in exchange for silence.
As noted by Current Revolt, Taylor was absent from Texas Value Action’s updated list of endorsements sent out at 8 PM on the eve of Primary Day, thus revoking the organization’s endorsement of Taylor. Texas Values Action’s website now does not endorse Van Taylor. Taylor is running Tuesday in a primary against four other candidates and Taylor could be forced into a runoff if held below 50 percent.
National File previously reported:
Tania Georgelas — an ISIS bride who was liberated from Syria in 2013 — has accused U.S. Rep. Van Taylor of having an extramarital affair with her. Georgelas claims that Taylor abused his position in order to gain consent and continued the affair even after learning that the former ISIS bride was dealing with crippling depression and suicidal thoughts. Check out the new bombshell testimony in the video below.
Tania Georgelas was previously married to American-born ISIS member John Georgelas, who was killed in 2017. In 2013, John Georgelas forced Tania and their children to relocate to Syria. After two weeks in the war-torn country where the Georgelas children were subjected to gunfire and lack of running water, John agreed to let them leave.
You can listen to Tania’s entire interview below.
Upon returning from Syria, Tania Georgelas dedicated her time to counter extremism projects. According to Georgelas, it was through these initiatives that she first became acquainted with Congressman Taylor. The two allegedly met during a meeting while Georgelas was working with a program called “Preventing Violent Extremism” (PVE). After seeming to take interest in Georgelas’ story, Taylor reportedly extended the meeting from 15 minutes to 30 and the two exchanged cell phone numbers.
According to Georgelas, the affair ran from October 2020 and extended through June 2021. Georgelas admits that she initiated the affair when she told Taylor that she found him attractive. From there the two began to exchange messages, some of which were extremely graphic.
Georgelas alleges that the two became sexually intimate during this time. According to Georgalas, Taylor — who is married — began to incessantly message her in October after she admitted her marriage was buckling and needed help with her children. Taylor then invited Georgelas to his residence in Plano, which she explained was a house the congressman does not actually live in.
Georgelas explains that Taylor continued the affair even after she revealed that she was having suicidal thoughts. Police were forced to remove guns from Georgelas’ home due to the suicide risk. “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,” Georgelas said. Despite being made aware of Georgelas’ mental health struggles, Taylor allegedly continued the affair.
Tonia Georgelas also alleges that Taylor offered her money on multiple occasions. Georgelas alleges that Taylor agreed to buy her home for $600,000. The deal would give Georgelas $150,000 to use to pay for utilities and other expenses. Additionally, Georgelas claims that Taylor offered to help her launch a fitness studio while the two drew up a business plan.
Citing past abusive relationships — including the marriage that landed her in Syria — Georgelas explains that she feared backlash if she came forward with the allegations.
In 2021, Taylor was one of 35 Republicans who joined Democrats in voting for the establishment of a January 6 Commission. Taylor had previously gone against his GOP colleagues and constituents in voting to certify the 2020 election results despite widespread election integrity issues.
Van Taylor is running in the Republican primary to retain his incumbency against a field of four Republican challengers. The election is this Tuesday.
This is a developing story.
Patrick Howley contributed to this report.
National File’s Cullen McCue reported: “Following National File’s bombshell revelations regarding an extramarital affair between U.S. Rep. Van Taylor and former “ISIS Bride” Tania Joya, Breitbart News has obtained a banking statement from Joya which, she claims, proves Taylor offered “hush money” in order to keep her quiet. The $5,000 payment took place during Taylor’s time in the U.S. House of Representatives. Joya — who was formerly married to high-ranking ISIS fighter John Georgelas before being freed in 2013 — claims to have had an extramarital affair with the congressman from October 2020 through June 2021. Joya provided Breitbart with banking records that demonstrate she made a $5,000 deposit into her account when she says the affair occurred, as shown in the photo below:
Tania Joya’s bank statement, showing a $5,000 deposit, which she alleges was paid to her by Van Taylor. Source: Breitbart
Joya mentioned a $5,000 payment during her 35-minute testimony, which was published by National File on Saturday. Joya also alleges that Taylor offered to buy her home for $600,000. The alleged deal would have given Joya $150,000 to use to pay for utilities and other expenses. Additionally, Joya claims Taylor offered her $15,000 in order to help her launch a fitness studio, adding that the two had drawn up a business plan.
The two first became acquainted while Joya was working with a program called “Preventing Violent Extremism” (PVE) in August 2019, according to Joya’s testimony. From there they reportedly exchanged messages until October 2020, when Joya alleges the messages increased in frequency. Some of the texts reportedly from Taylor are extremely graphic, including one in which the congressman reportedly asked for a “long slow rim job.”
In her testimony, Joya explains that Taylor continued the affair even after she revealed that she was having suicidal thoughts. Police were forced to remove guns from Joya’s home due to the suicide risk. “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,” Joya said. Despite being made aware of Joya’s mental health struggles, Taylor allegedly continued the affair.
In addition to the recent sex scandal, Taylor has been taking heat over his voting record. The congressman opted not to contest the 2020 election and also voted for the establishment of a January 6 committee.