VAN Taylor’s reelection hopes crumbled following the revelation of his affair with the infamous “ISIS bride” Tania Joya.
The Texas Representative announced Wednesday that he is dropping his bid for a third term, conceding to rival Keith Self in the GOP runoff.
“About a year ago, I made a horrible mistake that has caused deep hurt and pain among those I love most in this world,” said Taylor in an email to supporters.
“I had an affair, it was wrong, and it was the greatest failure of my life.”
Taylor, who has been married to Anne Coolidge since 2004, had a nine-month-long affair with Joya, the widow of John Georgelas, an American man who joined ISIS in 2013.
Georgelas was killed in Syria in 2017. Joya then relocated to Texas, where she got married to IT executive Craig Bruma.
According to Joya, the two met through the woman’s work as an ex-jihadist helping to reprogram extremists, as reported by The Dallas Morning News.
Joya had told Taylor that she found him attractive and the two exchanged phone numbers.
The affair lasted from October 2020 to June 2021 and Joya says she and Taylor “were very close.”
They became physically intimate soon after, she told National File. Taylor had helped Joya out financially, offering to purchase her home for $600,000.
Taylor also reportedly help Joya draw up a business plan for a fitness studio she wanted to open.
The affair came to light when a third Republican candidate, Suzanne Harp exposed the secret according to Joya. The two got in contact with each other when Joya grew tired of seeing Taylor’s campaign billboards.
“All I wanted was for Suzanne Harp to just say, ‘Hey, I know your little scandal with Tania Joya. Would you like to resign before we embarrass you?’” she said. “But it didn’t happen like that.”
Instead, Harp arranged for an interview between one of her supporters and Joya. News of the affair, and the details Joya exposed, then spread on Sunday, just two days before the primary.
“He said he wanted me to be his loyal, faithful, and permanent mistress,” Joya claimed to Breitbart.
She also revealed explicit text messages Taylor allegedly sent her, detailing specific sex acts he wanted Joya to perform.
Toward the end, Joya claims she asked Taylor for $5,000 to help pay down her credit card. Taylor obliged, according to Joya, but in exchange for deleting additional text messages documenting the affair.
“I needed help. I was like, just help me out because that’s the least – the very least – he could do,” Joya said. “For him, it was like, ‘Okay, on the condition you don’t tell anyone.’ … I didn’t want to tell anybody anything.”
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