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Concerned Women for America: Souder was felled by 'frat house environment on Capitol Hill'

Mary Ann Akers and Carol D. Leonnig have the definitive take on Rep. Mark Souder's downfall, and reveal that the Indiana Republican's affair with Nancy Meadows Jackson began after she was hired to interview him for some friendly cable-access segments in 2004.

The interviews aired in his district -- where Jackson lives -- but that has nonetheless convinced Concerned Women of America, a beltway conservative group run by Penny Nance, that Souder was brought down by Capitol Hill itself.

"Those of us who have worked with Mark over the years know him to be a kind and thoughtful legislator," said Nance in a statement. "If Mark Souder is capable of sexual misconduct, it could happen to anyone. The frat house environment on Capitol Hill does nothing to encourage accountability. Most Members do not live with their families while they are working in D.C. during the week and have even ditched common rules of etiquette that even major corporations follow such as office doors with windows or careful examination of employee/boss interaction."

It goes without saying that very few of the members who live like this do not engage in sexual misconduct. And once again -- Jackson lives in Souder's district, not in Washington.


“I am deeply saddened by the news of Congressman Mark Souder’s fall into the temptation of an affair. Those of us who have worked with Mark over the years know him to be a kind and thoughtful legislator. If Mark Souder is capable of sexual misconduct, it could happen to anyone. The frat house environment on Capitol Hill does nothing to encourage accountability. Most Members do not live with their families while they are working in D.C. during the week and have even ditched common rules of etiquette that even major corporations follow such as office doors with windows or careful examination of employee/boss interaction.

“There are many Americans running for office this year who want to bring integrity and family values back to Washington. I challenge any incumbents who manage to escape the wrath of the American people to guard their hearts and reputations and to live by higher standards that reflect the traditional moral values our country holds so dear.”

“In addition, as a Christian I believe that we are all fallen and in need of redemption. I join the countless others now and throughout ages past who cling diligently to the hope of grace and redemption.”

By David Weigel  |  May 18, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Congress , Conservatives  
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