Congressman Joe Garcia on the beach

TMZ shows Congressman Joe Garcia on the beach, evidently with a friend. See full TMZ video: http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_bzygbp8y/#!id=0_bzygbp8y (Courtesy)

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    Is there anything wrong with this picture of Congressman Joe Garcia on the beach?

    • No. He has every right to enjoy the beach just like everyone else.
    • Yes. It's embarrassing to have a congressman parading around like that.
    • Plenty. What's wrong is the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives pushing this story.
    • Plenty. The media are wasting time with stuff like this.

Celebrity website TMZ is “reporting” that U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, a Miami-Dade County Democrat, was on a beach next to a woman in a thong.

TMZ identified her simply as “Garcia’s chick.”

Of course Garcia, 50, who is divorced, is perfectly within his rights to enjoy the beach next to anyone he wants. And men in swim trunks don’t wear shirts on South Florida’s beaches, even if they are carrying an extra pound or two, and some women wear thongs.

Like many websites, TMZ is driven by the Holy Grail: clicks. More unusual is the role of the campaign arm of the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, which wants to make sure everyone sees the awkward picture and the group of young TMZers standing around debating the merits and demerits of the woman who may or may not be the congressman’s companion.


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Wanted to make sure you saw this picture of Congressman Joe Garcia which was featured on TMZ. <-- Seriously, click that link,” wrote Katie Prill, regional press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “… Garcia is once again making headlines for everything under the sun other than his congressional record.”