Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) has announced his resignation (effective on Friday) - from the U.S. House of Representatives and as the Republican nominee for Congress in the fall election - after his affair with a female staffer was brought to light. Numerous blogs have posted a youtube video of Sounder discussing abstinence education with the woman with whom he had the affair.
Indiana Barrister and Angry White Boy both provide the text of Souder’s official statement, which includes the following:
“I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff. In the poisonous environment of Washington, DC, any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted for political gain.”
RightOSphere points out that Marlin Stutzman may be a likely replacement for Souder in the upcoming election:
“That said, this presents a very interesting opportunity, as Marlin Stutzman happens to live in Souder’s district (IN-3). Stutzman, if you recall, just lost Indiana’s U.S. Senate primary to Dan Coats, but finished a surprising second after catching a wave of conservative support including endorsements fromr RedState and Jim DeMint. If he were drafted into this race, Stutzman brings an instant national profile and could crush a scandal-strengthened Democratic challenger.”
The Fort Wayne Politics blog contains similar speculation, with analysis of Stutzman’s chances here and here.
Around Fort Wayne notes that a Facebook group in support of Stuzman has been started and provides a video of Sounder’s resignation speech.
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita presents the procedures for filling Souder’s empty seat in the House and selecting a new GOP nominee.
Reid Wilson analyzes the recent drop in the GOP “Class of ‘94:”
“As GOPers see strong hopes of taking back the majority this year, the number of those who remember the last time the GOP took back the speaker’s gavel is dwindling.
A total of 56 GOPers won over Dem-held seats in ‘94. Now, thanks to defeats, retirements and scandal, the number of survivors from the ‘94 election will drop below 10 once the 112th Congress is sworn in next Jan.
Just 14 members first elected 16 years ago made it this far. But Reps. John Shadegg (R-AZ) and George Radanovich (R-CA) are retiring; Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) is running for a SEN seat; Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) wants to be governor; and Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) resigned his office today in the wake of an affair with a staffer.”
(H/T: Daniel Foster, The Corner)
Finally, Ed Morrissey of Hot Air discusses whether Souder’s case should be compared to that of ex-Rep Eric Massa (D-NY), who resigned in March amidst allegations that he had sexually abused male staffers:
“The Fox report makes mention of Eric Massa and the scandal surrounding his resignation. Will this be the equivalent? If it was a completely consensual affair, probably not. Massa was behaving in a predatory manner, and the Democratic leadership appears to have deliberately turned a blind eye to it. Barring any further revelations, this looks like run-of-the-mill hypocrisy, which is unfortunately found in abundance in Washington DC.”