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Souder aide resigns after affair

A woman who worked with Indiana Rep. Mark Souder to prepare videos on the virtues of family values and abstinence has resigned after the Republican congressman acknowledged having an affair with her.

Two senior congressional aides with firsthand knowledge of the decision said that Tracy Jackson was a part-time employee on Mr. Souder’s congressional staff, based in his northeast Indiana congressional district.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

According to the sources, Miss Jackson resigned on Tuesday, soon after Mr. Souder announced he would resign his congressional seat and admitted having an extramarital affair.

A social conservative, Mr. Souder built his public persona on social issues and talked about the importance of family values.

MASSACHUSETTS

Ross lacks signatures for governor primary

BOSTON | The 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial race came into sharp focus on Wednesday, as a potential Democratic candidate failed to qualify for the ballot and the fall campaign winnowed to a four-way field: incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick, Republican Charles Baker, independent Timothy Cahill and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein.

Worcester community activist Grace Ross announced she had failed to collect the necessary 10,000 signatures to qualify for a Sept. 14 primary showdown with Mr. Patrick, a fellow Democrat, who is seeking a second term.

Barring any write-in candidates, that means the fall campaign has begun, with the field set for the Nov. 2 general election.

Miss Ross, who also ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006, literally fizzled out of the current race, standing with just four supporters in a steady drizzle outside the Statehouse to deliver her campaign swan song. Nearby, her Toyota Prius was parked illegally on Beacon Street, with its hazard flashers on.

Nonetheless, she seized the moment to complain about the influence the major political parties have in determining gubernatorial nominees and their running mates, about the state’s ballot-signature requirements and about the supposed sway corporate interests have over citizen interests inside the Statehouse.

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