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Washington, D.C. (May 20) – Long known for his stance on abstinence education and proponent of “family values” Mark Souder, R-Indiana, announced May 18 that he will be formally submitting his resignation to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday, May 21. Souder, along with a part time staff member, were caught having an extramarital affair.
“I wish I could have been a better example. I sinned against God, my wife, and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff,” Souder announced in a press release May 18.
Laying blame to his infidelity to “the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C.”, his statements were issued with an apology to his family and those he had a responsibility to in Indiana.
Souder also appears to have upcoming political motives in mind as he states, “By stepping aside, my mistake cannot be used as a political football in a partisan attempt to undermine the cause for which I have labored all my adult life.”
His confession and upcoming resignation “stunned many voters”, voters as conservative in their views as Souder professed to have himself. Souder has been married for 35 years, has three adult children, along with two grandchildren.
To fill Souder’s soon to open position in the House, a special House representative election will be held.
Had Souder not “transgressed”, he would have faced Democrat Tom Hayhurst in November. Hayhurst is a former Fort Wayne city councilman who, in 2006, received 46 percent of the vote that put Souder in office. The 2006 run-off against Hayhurst had been Souder’s toughest challenge to date.